Who We Are
As the National Parks Board (NParks) of Singapore, we are committed to enhancing and managing the urban ecosystems of our City in Nature. We are the lead agency for greenery, biodiversity conservation, and wildlife and animal health, welfare and management. We are also working closely with the community to enhance the quality of our living environment.
Our roots began with the first nationwide tree planting campaign in 1963, which kick-started our greening journey. In 1971, the first annual Tree Planting Day was launched and with that, greening has become part of Singapore's DNA.
With the aim of enhancing the community's overall well-being, and the vision of creating a City in a Garden, we have in the last several decades greened up our roads and infrastructure, transformed our parks and gardens into spaces for everyone to enjoy, and gazetted areas of core biodiversity to conserve our native biodiversity.
Today, we manage some 400 parks, 3,347 hectares of nature reserves, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Lake Gardens, Pulau Ubin and the Sisters' Islands Marine Park. Adding to this is the extensive network of Nature Ways, and the over 300 km Park Connector Network that links major parks, nature areas and residential estates island-wide.
Every year, we run over 3,500 educational and outreach programmes across our various green spaces. This includes the Community in Bloom programme, Community in Nature (CIN) programme and other volunteering opportunities.
By encouraging the understanding, appreciation, and protection of nature and biodiversity, a City in Nature will enable the community to forge closer bonds through active stewardship of the environment.
We have developed an urban biodiversity conservation model, which aims to conserve representative ecosystems in land-scarce Singapore. We also monitor and coordinate measures to enhance the presence of biodiversity in our urban landscape. Just as we are committed to conserving our native biodiversity, we are also determined to help protect the natural ecosystems in other parts of the world by working with partners and stakeholders to eliminate the illegal trade of protected species.
We are the lead agency for animal health and welfare, as well as plant health in Singapore. The Animal and Veterinary Service, a cluster within NParks, is the main touch-point for animal-related issues as well as the first responder for animal-related feedback. By creating an enabling environment and through improving standards of veterinary and animal industries, we will foster collaborations with the industries to raise the animal health and welfare standards in Singapore.
We work closely with partners in the landscape, horticulture, veterinary and animal sectors to increase productivity, and provide training for all levels of the workforce. By enhancing competencies of the industry, we support Singapore’s vision of being a City in Nature.