Spare no effort in plans to save wildlife

The Urban Redevelopment Authority's (URA) plan to save wildlife by herding them away from the Lentor site marked for housing may appear magnanimous, but to me, it is not the case ("Plan to save wildlife at site marked for housing"; Dec 9).

Some of the wildlife previously found in this 30ha of forest are at imminent risk of local extinction.

These include the banded leaf monkey, pangolin and slow loris, among numerous others.

The URA's plan has been deemed a "last resort" by the Nature Society.

Even then, the practicality of carrying out wildlife management plans for the future clearing of green areas has been questioned by the authorities.

Appeals for conservation are typically met by rebuttals, which include the issues of unnecessary cost or the difficulty in managing such areas in land-scarce Singapore.

The practicality of carrying out wildlife management plans for the future clearing of green areas has been questioned by the authorities. Appeals for conservation are typically met by rebuttals.

Is any expense or effort too great when it comes to supporting the habitats of our most precious and endangered wildlife?

Surely nature reserves are set aside as a recognition of their importance and to protect them from the trauma of development.

As Singapore strives for global leadership in accessibility and infrastructure, let us not forget to protect our natural environment.

We have a responsibility to our future generations who may never get to see and enjoy local species outside of a textbook, as well as to our fellow living creatures who were living here long before us.

Isaac Seow-En (Dr)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'Spare no effort in plans to save wildlife'. Print Edition | Subscribe