More measures at upcoming Mandai nature precinct to minimise impact on environment

An artist’s impression of the Rainforest Park, a new wildlife park to be built in the Mandai nature precinct, expected to be completed by 2023.
An artist’s impression of the Rainforest Park, a new wildlife park to be built in the Mandai nature precinct, expected to be completed by 2023. PHOTO: MANDAI SAFARI PARK HOLDINGS

SINGAPORE - More measures will be put in place to minimise the impact the upcoming Mandai nature precinct will have on wildlife and the environment.

Mandai Park Holdings said in a statement on Monday (Oct 10) that it has "incorporated additional mitigation measures in its revised environmental impact assessment report".

These will include the widening of an eco-bridge for wildlife crossing, and long-term noise monitoring.

The forested strip that currently runs through the middle of the proposed Bird Park site will be maintained as a passageway for wild native birds and arboreal mammals - creatures that spend the majority of their lives in trees - to connect to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

The building footprint for the West Arrival Node will be located at least 10m away from the freshwater stream adjacent to its boundary.

 
 

The decision to enhance Mandai Park Holdings' mitigation measures comes after the conclusion of a month-long public consultation on the environmental impact assessment for plans to develop Mandai into an integrated nature and wildlife destination.

"The Government has accepted the revised environmental impact assessment report and Mandai Park Holdings will be embarking on detailed design planning and a wildlife shepherding programme to facilitate the sensitive development of the area," the statement said.

It was announced in June that when the Mandai nature precinct is completed by 2023, two wildlife parks - the new Rainforest Park and the relocated Bird Park - will join three existing attractions: the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari.

The development would reportedly include an eco-bridge - spanning the width of Mandai Lake Road - for wildlife crossing to prevent them from ending up as roadkill.

Nature groups and experts however still expressed concerns that more development could negatively affect the surrounding wildlife.

Mandai Park Holdings said all mitigation measures are documented in an environmental management and monitoring plan, which will be reviewed constantly.

An Environmental Advisory Panel will be established to monitor the effective implementation of the environmental management and monitoring plan during the detailed design, construction and operation phases, said Mandai Park Holdings.

The panel will include independent experts from the scientific community, academia, nature groups and the private sector.

Mandai Park Holdings added that it will continue to consult technical agencies and nature groups on the planning and design of the development, to ensure that sustainable and environmental best practices are incorporated.

Enhanced mitigation measures include:

- Mandai Park Holdings will study the possibility of widening the Eco-Link beyond the proposed 30m, in consultation with technical agencies and nature groups.

- Long-term noise monitoring will be carried out at the fringe of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. There will be no night-time construction works.

- Daily recording and tracking of collection animals will be carried out in the new parks to enable timely recovery and corrective actions in the event of any escapees.

- The forested strip that currently runs through the middle of the proposed Bird Park site will be maintained as a passageway for wild native birds and arboreal mammals to connect to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

- The building footprint for the West Arrival Node will be located at least 10m away from the freshwater stream adjacent to its boundary.

- Robust biosecurity and disease management procedures will be developed and implemented in consultation with the relevant regulatory agencies to minimise any risk of disease transmission.

The final environmental impact assessment report can be viewed on Mandai Park Holdings' website at www.mandai.com/eia