23 June 2012

NParks launches biodiversity monitoring of Pasir Ris mangroves

A biodiversity monitoring study of Pasir Ris Park's mangroves had started in March and includes 16 biodiversity monitoring sessions to be conducted over a two-year period, NParks announced today.
Naked Hermit Crabs Guestbook (Pasir Ris 21 Apr 2012)
Even the youngest kids can appreciate the wildlife found in the mangroves of Pasir Ris! As shown by these drawings shared by kids who joined the free guided walks at the Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk by the Naked Hermit Crabs.

According to media reports, the 6ha mangrove forest at Pasir Ris Park is one of the few mangrove sites left in Singapore. It is also a popular park attraction - scores of nature lovers and families visit the mangrove forest every month to experience and learn about its rich biodiversity.

Results of the study will provide NParks with valuable information to aid the long-term conservation and management of Singapore's mangrove forests.

This effort is a collaboration with Panasonic Asia Pacific (Panasonic). Apart from contributing $15,000 in cash and in kind to NParks' Garden City Fund for the study, Panasonic aims to provide 60 volunteers per monitoring session. Through this project, volunteers can cultivate a better appreciation of the biodiversity in Pasir Ris Parks' mangrove forest. Children from as young as 10 can help monitor and collect information about mangrove trees, snails and mudskippers.

"Active management of our mangroves will help enhance the health of the forest and the educational experience for all park visitors," said Mr Chia Seng Jiang, General Manager, Parks.

Want to see Pasir Ris mangroves with your kids?

Join the FREE guided walk specially focused on kids and families on 30 Jun (Sat), 5pm with the Naked Hermit Crabs.

The Mangrove Action Squad have also been conducting free guided tours on this boardwalk and plan to conduct more. Check their blog for the latest updates.

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