We cannot protect what we do not love. We cannot love what we do not know.
Biodiversity is the infrastructure that supports all life on Earth. Natural systems and cycles help maintain our atmosphere, oceans, forests, landscapes and waterways. But around the world, nature is disappearing at an alarming rate due to pressures from human activity. Species are going extinct at rates 100 to 1,000 times higher than ever recorded in Earth’s history: WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018 has found an overall decline of 60% in the population sizes of vertebrate animals between 1970 and 2014.
We are the first generation that has a clear picture of the value of nature and the enormous impact we have on it. We may also be the last that can act to reverse this trend. Specially in Singapore, our city state is living proof that nature and urban living are not mutually exclusive. Nature in urban environments provide benefits such as pollution reduction, water purification and improved human physical and mental health.
The solutions that work for Singapore provide important lessons about how nature can be integrated into urban environments. This change is already underway in Singapore, supported by a master plan for nature, species protection and recovery programmes, by research institutions, environmental groups and passionate people.
In partnership with Singapore’s National Parks Board (NParks), WWF is highlighting 10 threatened species in Singapore currently under active conservation. By no means exhaustive, this list highlights some globally significant, truly Singaporean and universally well-loved species – to put it in local terms, “sayang”.
Have you ever wondered about Singapore’s biodiversity and what we’re doing to protect what we love?
We geared up for field trips around Singapore, spent hours in nature, and came to a solid conclusion: we have a rich local biodiversity, but you have to look close enough.
We’ve partnered with Our Grandfather Story to produce a three-part series on Singapore's biodiversity in action. Watch below for the first: