JTC's Industry for Sustainability programme aims to partner industry and community to increase awareness and participation in efforts to create a more sustainable environment.
We have identified three initiatives registered through the NParks charity, Garden City Fund that organisations and communities can participate in:
Through the "Plant-a-Tree" programme, we aim to increase the green coverage and bring about greater biodiversity in our industrial estates and business parks. Beyond beautifying our environment, trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, increase biodiversity in our environment, prevent soil erosion, provide shade and lower the atmospheric temperature. Visual exposure to trees is also known to reduce stress levels in our fast-paced world.
The "Plant-a-Tree" programme provides companies and individuals the opportunity to sponsor a young tree at a tax-deductible amount of $300 per tree and receive the experience of planting it themselves. The funds will support the cost of the tree and site preparation. Any balance would go towards outreach and education programmes to connect our local community with natural heritage.
Coral reefs, also known as "rainforests of the ocean", are the most biologically diverse ecosystems and an integral part of Singapore's natural heritage. It provides healthy habitats for a large multitude of marine species and invertebrates that rely on coral reefs for feeding and shelter. At the same time, coral reefs are also under increasing environmental stress exacerbated by climate change drivers like rising sea surface temperatures and increasing ocean acidity.
The "Grow-a-Reef Garden" initiative aims to support the development of a reef habitat that will help conserve corals and enhance marine biodiversity at the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. In this project, JTC and NParks are jointly creating a reef habitat at Pulau Subar Darat (also known as the Small Sister's Island) to support ongoing habitat enhancement efforts. This will be the country's largest purpose-built reef garden project to date, and will see reef structures pre-fabricated off-site and sunk in the waters off Small Sister's Island, within the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. The project is expected to contribute some 1,000m2 of additional reef area to the Marine Park by 2030, and will give us the opportunity to undertake much needed research on coral reef resilience and nurture the development of new coral communities. Together with other ongoing programmes, they will help us better understand and safeguard our precious coral reef resources from the risks of climate change.
To date the following companies have contributed to the Grow-a-Reef Garden initiative:
In recent years, climate change and habitat loss has increased the demand for conservation of plant genetic resources. Natural plant populations are repositories of genetic diversity and seed collection is one of the most effective ways of conserving wild populations of native plants. Seed banking safeguards plant biodiversity in the region and acts as an insurance against threats such as disease, climate change, as well as natural and man-made disasters. Stored seeds are a valuable resource for habitat restoration and species conservation.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens' seed bank is Singapore's first seed bank. The seed bank conserves seeds of threatened plant species from Southeast Asia, and plays a key role in conserving plant diversity in the region. The seed bank has the capacity to store seeds from up to 25,000 species of plants, and seeks to ensure the growth of the Singapore Botanic Gardens' plant collection.
To find out more about NParks' Garden City Fund, pls visit www.gardencityfund.org.