Green Pulse Podcast: Sounds of Clementi Forest; future of Singapore’s patchwork forest

Ornithologist David Tan (middle) takes in the sights and sounds of Clementi Forest, along with Green Pulse hosts Audrey Tan and David Fogarty (right) and podcast producers Adam Azlee and Penelope Lee (left).
Ornithologist David Tan (middle) takes in the sights and sounds of Clementi Forest, along with Green Pulse hosts Audrey Tan and David Fogarty (right) and podcast producers Adam Azlee and Penelope Lee (left).ST PHOTO: AUDREY TAN
ST PHOTO: DAVID FOGARTY
ST PHOTO: PENELOPE LEE
ST PHOTO: DAVID FOGARTY
ST PHOTO: DAVID FOGARTY
ST PHOTO: DAVID FOGARTY

Green Pulse Ep 43: Hear sounds of Clementi Forest; debating future of Singapore’s patchwork forest

18:51 mins

Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Straits Times analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change in this podcast series.

Singapore’s forests have come under the spotlight lately, as debates over the fates of the Clementi and Dover forests continue. But these plots are not the first nor last of forests to disappear. 

Less than 1 per cent of primary forests now remain in Singapore, mainly in the Central Nature Reserve. Meanwhile, the country continues to lose its secondary forests, with important patches already being cleared to make way for housing in Tengah and more wildlife parks in Mandai, for instance. Development works for the Cross Island MRT line would also see some forested patches being cleared. 

In this episode, hear from National University of Singapore biology lecturer N. Sivasothi and ornithologist David Tan on the importance of forest plots all across the island. What do they mean for the country as the world warms and climate changes? And with Singapore’s ambition to transform into a City in Nature, how well would this patchwork of green spaces serve the native animals that also call this island home?

Produced by: Audrey Tan (audreyt@sph.com.sg), David Fogarty (dfogarty@sph.com.sg) & Ernest Luis

Edited by: Adam Azlee

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