Dispute over key findings of Tengah environmental study

Ecologists disagree that the area's vegetation was mostly of 'low conservation significance'

About 150ha of forest from a 700ha site in Tengah have already been cleared as of Jan 1, 2019, according to calculations made by Mr David Tan, a research assistant at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum. PHOTO: COPERNICUS SENTINEL DATA 2019, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
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The Government had said in 2017 that it wants to strengthen the process for environmental impact assessments. In an update yesterday, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Development said that as part of the review, existing processes are now being studied "with a view to improving them, taking on board lessons and feedback from past experiences".

"These include studying how best to strengthen baseline survey methodology and how to ensure that mitigation measures are implemented in the right spirit, taking into consideration Singapore's unique urban context," she said, adding that more details will be shared later this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline Dispute over key findings of Tengah environmental study. Subscribe