National Biodiversity Centre
The National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), established on 22 May 2006, serves as Singapore’s one-stop hub for biodiversity-related information and activities.
Diverse biodiversity-related information and data are generated, stored and updated by different organisations and individuals. To consolidate these documents, NBC plays a key role in managing all available resources on biodiversity in Singapore. The Centre maximises the usefulness of such materials by linking them in a single meta-database called the Biodiversity and Environment Database System (BIOME). This relevant, complete and up-to-date biodiversity information is crucial for many decision-making processes that consider biodiversity, and allows knowledge gaps to be better identified and addressed.
NBC also subsumes the present roles and responsibilities of the Biodiversity Centre of the National Parks Board and continues to be responsible for the conservation of both terrestrial and marine flora and fauna in Singapore, representing NParks in its role as the government’s Scientific Authority on Nature Conservation. In addition, NBC represents Singapore in various biodiversity-related international/regional conventions and fora, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. The full functions of Singapore’s NBC is set out here.