Integrated lab facility for researchers, students to be ready at Pulau Ubin by year-end

A large crowd waits along Pulau Ubin jetty during Ubin Day 2015 on June 13. A new integrated lab facility equipped with scientific equipment to help researchers and students study Pulau Ubin island will be ready by the end of the year. -- ST PHO
A large crowd waits along Pulau Ubin jetty during Ubin Day 2015 on June 13. A new integrated lab facility equipped with scientific equipment to help researchers and students study Pulau Ubin island will be ready by the end of the year. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE- A new integrated lab facility equipped with scientific equipment to help researchers and students study Pulau Ubin island will be ready by the end of the year.

Called The Ubin Living Lab, the integrated facility will provide facilities such as a field study lab and seminar rooms for some 100 researchers and students.

It will also house basic accommodation for researchers and an additional National Parks Board site office.

The Government is also investing into enhancing biodiversity on the island, by putting in place several initiatives to help the local fauna thrive.

These include creating floating wetlands for birds to roost and species recovery programmes for rare birds and bats.

For instance, enclosed areas for bats to roost or bat houses will be built in Jalan Noordin, a mangrove habitat and Bukit Belukar, a forest habitat by the end of the year.

Rolled out under The Ubin Project, these initiatives were first unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during last year's Ubin Day.

Minister of State for National Development Desmond Lee who was present at Ubin Day 2015, said that The Ubin Project was launched at the beginning of last year to gather public feedback and work with the community to "preserve and sensitively enhance" Pulau Ubin.

"I am very happy to update that we are on track for these programmes and initiatives," he said. "Just like how trees need time to take root and grow, these initiatives are long term and require dedicated effort."

Mr Lee, Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan and Minister of State for National Development Maliki Osman also spent the afternoon with Siglap residents on Pulau Ubin to relive the kampong experience as part of Siglap Day which is held together with this year's Ubin Day.