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Ecotourism In Singapore

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Resources for environmentalist

The primary component of ecotourism is ecology and the environment. The concept of ecotourism is widely misunderstood by many. In practice, it is often simply used as a marketing tool to promote tourism that is related to nature. In other words, it is important for us to realize that placing a hotel in a beautiful lush green landscape is NOT ecotourism. In fact, if done without care and thought, it may be detrimental to the ecosystem surrounding the structure. Ideally, true ecotourism should satisfy aspects such as conservation of biological diversity through the protection of ecosystems, promotion of sustainable use of biodiversity, minimization of tourism’s own environmental impact. As an environmentalist, your role is to look into the environmental component pertaining to the proposal.

You have to address the following questions to judge if Singapore should promote ecotourism:

 

  1. In what ways can ecotourism improve the natural environment?
  2. What initiatives have Singapore taken to promote biodiversity?
  3. How can Singapore tap on its ecological diversity to promote ecotourism? Provide possible sites where it is feasible for ecotourism activities.

 

After gathering the information, do you think it is feasible for Singapore to promote ecotourism?

 

Pulau Ubin- A possible Ecotourism site for Singapore?

Websites for reference :

1. National Parks Board, Singapore (http://www.nparks.gov.sg/)

Questions to consider when you are in this site:

  1. What are the nature reserves listed under the NParks website?
  2. What initiatives has the Singapore government undertaken to preserve flora and fauna?
  3. What is the function of NBRC?
  4. Singapore is home to a significant array of plant and animal species. Under NBRC, what are some of the animals identified?
  5. Given this information, what is the feasibility of promoting Singapore as an ecotourism destination?
  6.  Any other aspects observed/information gathered?

2. National Biodiversity Reference Centre (http://www.nbrcnparks.org/)

Questions to consider when you are in this site:

  1. What is the percentage of protected areas in Singapore as a percentage of total land areas?
  2. Are there any marine and littoral (coastal region/shore) protected areas?
  3. What do you think are some of the protected areas that the website is referring to?
  4. To what extent do you think these can these areas be developed into eco-tourism sites? Why or why not?
  5. Any other aspects observed/information gathered?

3. Earthtrends; Biodiversity and Protected Areas (http://earthtrends.wri.org/pdf_library/country_profiles/bio_cou_702.pdf)

Questions to consider when you are in this site:

  1. What is the percentage of protected areas in Singapore as a percentage of total land areas?
  2. Are there any marine and littoral (coastal region/shore) protected areas?
  3. What do you think are some of the protected areas that the website is referring to?
  4. To what extent do you think these can these areas be developed into eco-tourism sites? Why or why not?
  5. Any other aspects observed/information gathered?

4. Dwindling habitats- Singapore's case study (http://assets.cambridge.org/052183/9300/excerpt/0521839300_excerpt.pdf)

Questions to consider when you are in this site:

  1. In 1819, what was the percentage of Singapore’s forest cover?
  2. In 1880, what % of Singapore’s forest cover was intact compared to other Asian countries?
  3. What is the % of Singapore’s forest cover currently?
  4. Why was there such a sharp decline in forest cover?
  5. What portion of Singapore’s land is covered by mangroves?
  6. With such sharp losses in biodiversity in a short period of time, is it possible for Singapore to jump onto the ecotourism bandwagon?
  7. Any other aspects observed/information gathered?

 

Some of the wonderful species that call Chek Jawa home