While it is known for its skyscrapers & architecture
marvels, Singapore is also equally
well-known for its green cover & eco-friendly initiatives that protect the
environment. According to a study conducted by Yale University and the United
Nations, which measures countries based on their Environmental Health and
Ecosystem Vitality – Singapore ranks 14th internationally and is the top ranked
country in Asia. Singapore’s commitment to environmentalism is due in large
part to former Prime Minister Lee Kuan
Yew’s dedication to green initiatives and his dream of Singapore being seen
as The City in a Garden.
So if you are planning
a trip to Singapore soon, don’t miss out on these 5 ‘green’ spots that add to
the destination’s personality:
In Singapore, even something as mundane as a dam can be
turned into a hotspot for recreational activities. Built across the mouth of
the 350-metre wide Marina Channel,
the Marina Barrage creates the country’s 15th reservoir, supplying around 10
per cent of the nation’s water needs. With a catchment area of 10,000 hectares,
or one-sixth the size of Singapore, Marina catchment is the island’s largest
and most urbanized catchment. It brings out three benefits: a new source of
water supply, flood control and a lifestyle attraction.
The Marina Barrage is also a showcase for Singapore’s push to
be a greener country. The Solar Park, for instance, features one of the largest
collections of solar panels in Singapore, with over 400 panels providing
electricity needed for lighting at the barrage during the day.
Not just the barrage but Singapore has plenty of other green
initiatives geared towards their locals and tourists. Henderson Waves which is
the highest pedestrian bridge in the city is built with an underlying
ecological message. It believes in socially-responsive and sustainable designs
that create positive impact on both people and the environment. One is able to
observe a rich variety of tropical flora and fauna from the Southern Ridges
which is a part of the bridge.
The Gardens by the Bay
Another one which needs a mention is The Gardens by the Bay
which has broken new ground in the way that plants are that plants are
presented in an urban environment, by fusing nature, architecture, technology
and sustainability to reach out to a new generation of urban visitors. It also
plays a role in making Singapore green and liveable – a national garden and an
urban oasis where city dwellers can get away from the fast pace of life to sit
back, relax and connect with each other amidst nature.
Gravel roads, lush forests and abundant wildlife – Pulau Ubin
is a living showcase of what Singapore looked like in the 1960s. Retaining its
unspoilt and rustic charm, Pulau Ubin might be the last real Kampung (village) in Singapore. This
place supports a rich ecosystem teeming with flora and fauna as well as
threatened species of birds. The major attraction is the wetlands which
comprises of coral reefs - home to an extensive marine wildlife.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens is a testament to Singapore’s
reputation as a City in a Garden. It is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage
site. Established in the year 1859, 60 acres of land were transformed from a
disused plantation into the popular recreational garden. The sprawling grounds
are a leading centre for botanical and horticulture research along with being a
favorite recreation venue for jogging, dining and other activities.