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    http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/sin...84592,00.html?

    NEW development plans on the drawing board, including the damming of Sungei Khatib Bongsu to form a reservoir, look set to wipe out a number of natural habitat sites that were previously thought to have been earmarked for preservation.

    The moves, confirmed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) late yesterday, took environmentalists by surprise as those affected were listed in the 1993 Singapore Green Plan as important nature areas.

    But there were indications that the flora and fauna would be affected last month when the habitats were mysteriously left out of the URA's draft of the Master Plan - the blueprint which will guide Singapore's land use over the next 10 to 15 years.

    While the plan listed sites such as Bukit Timah nature reserve, Kranji mangroves and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve as nature areas, it omitted the mangrove-rich areas of Sungei Mandai, Sungei Khatib Bongsu and Pulau Semakau.

    Also left out were marine sites off the shores of St John's Island, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sudong - all of which are popular with divers because of the underwater coral reefs.

    Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the URA disclosed that the affected areas were indeed 'committed for strategic and long-term developments'. Sungei Khatib Bongsu, which is near the Lower Seletar Reservoir, will be dammed up to form a reservoir as part of plans to meet Singapore's long-term water needs, it said.

    But the Public Utilities Board is looking at ways to minimise the likely impact of the proposed developments and to rehabilitate existing bio-diversity in the affected areas, it added.

    The URA did not spell out concrete plans for Sungei Mandai, except to say that the area surrounding it is earmarked for future development. It also had few details on what would take place at the coral sites.

    But it said that being an international port, 'we need our waterways for anchorage and maritime navigation. We may also need to reclaim land to meet our land-use needs'. Pulau Semakau, now a landfill, will be developed for 'infrastructure and industrial uses'.

    Nature lovers say the marine sites should be left alone as they are rich in corals. Compared to larger regional countries, Singapore has a high proportion of hard corals. There are about 150 such species found in reefs here, compared to 200 in Malaysia and 300 in the Philippines and Indonesia.

    To date, Singapore has already lost 60 per cent of its coral reefs to reclamation.

    The news dismayed Nature Society's conservation committee chairman Ho Hua Chew: 'We're definitely unhappy that the sites are no longer treated as nature areas. The Master Plan should uphold the nature sites endorsed in the Singapore Green Plan.'

    The society intends to appeal to the URA, which did say yesterday that it would 'preserve these sites for as long as they are not needed for development'.

    It also reiterated that in 'land-scarce Singapore, we have to adopt a pragmatic approach to balancing nature conservation and other development needs'.

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    yeah man.. pissed me off the moment i saw in the papers....

    geez... those nature sites selected have one of the most abundant wildlife i've ever seen around singapore!!

    bukit timah reserve? sungei buloh? BAH... what do the URA know... hardly any wildlife left...

    the marine sites are affected as we speak... especially around st john's... sigh....

    anybody know how to protest against this?

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    And I guess you will complain too when water prices begin to rise?

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    our country need lands, lot of it. nature preserve ?? gimme a break. protest?? u watched too much movie liao. get real.

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    It's sad to say this but comparing the streets' trees & flowers planted, these nature sites still gives you a true blue nature. That's what makes them the nature reserve areas. Water price or whatever is just a matter of time or comparative issue. But nature habitates is totally unwise to be judged simply like that.

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    i am getting real... don't think they need to go to such an extent to force the nature sites to go lor... they've always been talking about going up or going down to look for more space... in the end what goes? nature...

    singapore has so little of it already.. do spare a thought for what's left of it lor..

    i don't mind paying more for water if need be... *shrugs* nature's priceless, IMHO...

    if people could complain so much about the national lib at DB, don't see why not do the same for nature...

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    the singapore way is to go and bulldoze all the natural stuff and then put in some artist's rendition, making the new version totally homogenous (dunno which fk artist) and out of whack with the locality...

    as for price rise, they can always find another reason, anything.

    give up, and pay good money to go other countries to see natural Nature...
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    Originally posted by ninelives
    our country need lands, lot of it. nature preserve ?? gimme a break. protest?? u watched too much movie liao. get real.
    Yeah why not just put cement over everything..
    guess future generations all the nature they'll see will be in the botanical gardens.

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    In protest to such treatment of our nature, let's all boycott the cemented walkways, walk on the grass patches!

    Boycott the public transport, walk to work!

    Boycott electricity gobling elevators and climb 20 floors to your office.

    Boycott fuel consuming cars, walk!

    Boycott anything that uses electricity! Boycott everything that burn fossil fuels! stop using those PDAs! Trash those cameras! switch off all computers!

    Stop going to the movies, stop eating animals, stop eating plants, stop ...........................

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    Originally posted by Sin
    In protest to such treatment of our nature, let's all boycott the cemented walkways, walk on the grass patches!

    Boycott the public transport, walk to work!

    Boycott electricity gobling elevators and climb 20 floors to your office.

    Boycott fuel consuming cars, walk!

    Boycott anything that uses electricity! Boycott everything that burn fossil fuels! stop using those PDAs! Trash those cameras! switch off all computers!

    Stop going to the movies, stop eating animals, stop eating plants, stop ...........................
    are you using a computer to type the above or not?

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    Originally posted by mervlam
    are you using a computer to type the above or not?
    I do hope you get the point of that post.....

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    Originally posted by Sin
    In protest to such treatment of our nature, let's all boycott the cemented walkways, walk on the grass patches!
    Walking on grass patched kills the grass leh!

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