New publications and educational resources
27 Jun 2015
New Urban Systems Studies booklet titled “Biodiversity — Nature Conservation in the Greening of Singapore”
“Biodiversity - Nature Conservation in the Greening of Singapore" is an Urban Systems Studies (USS) booklet produced by the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) in collaboration with NParks. It tells the story of biodiversity conservation in Singapore, from its pre-independent days to the present. Research and interviews began in 2011 and the booklet was launched on 27 June at the Festival of Biodiversity 2015.
Previous Urban Systems Studies have been published on subjects ranging from Singapore’s water and transport systems to housing and industrial infrastructure, among others.
With the added emphasis on being practitioner-centric, the book provides insights into the major biodiversity conservation decisions that have been made, capturing key policy and institutional developments over the course of a few decades. It traces the development of NParks’ predecessor institutions – the Nature Reserves Board as well as the Parks and Recreation Department, and their roles in biodiversity conservation in Singapore. The evolution of how biodiversity issues are viewed by government and Singaporeans is also brought out, with biodiversity issues playing more prominent roles in Singapore’s international relations in the recent decade.
Box stories offer readers little-known information about the conservation of Labrador shore, and the development of the Singapore Index on Cities’ Biodiversity.
The Labrador Shore story gives a glimpse into the passionate and sustained campaign to prevent the shore from being completely destroyed by reclamation and port development. It features behind-the-scene discussions which ultimately led to the Labrador Nature Reserve and Labrador Park that we know of today.
The Singapore Index story relates some of the circumstances that set the stage for, and discussions that eventually led to the development of the Singapore Index, which has positioned Singapore as a global thought leader in the field of urban biodiversity conservation.
Quotes and Interviews
Key persons involved in Singapore's biodiversity conservation journey were interviewed to capture knowledge and perspectives that would otherwise remain undocumented. The booklet pulls together quotes and perspectives from Mr Kenneth Er, Mr Ng Lang, Mr Poon Hong-Yuen, and Dr Tan Wee Kiat, present and past CEOs of NParks who have been involved in the greening of Singapore over the years. Other experts interviewed include Dr Geh Min of the Nature Society (Singapore), butterfly enthusiast Mr Khew Sin Khoon, and Prof Leo Tan, marine biologist and member of the Nature Reserves Board.
Offering comprehensive information and in-depth industry knowledge, the booklet will be a good resource and key component in training leaders on urban governance.
The booklet can be bought at: www.amazon.com (print and digital editions), and store.vitalsource.com (digital edition only). Print editions are also available at Kinokuniya, MPH and Popular bookstores in Singapore. More information can also be found at: www.clc.gov.sg/Publications/USS2013.htm.
About the Singapore Urban Systems Studies Booklet Series
The Singapore Urban Systems Studies (USS) Booklet Series draws on original Urban Systems Studies research by the Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore (CLC) into Singapore's development over the last half-century. The series is organised around domains such as water, transport, housing, planning, industry and the environment. Developed in close collaboration with relevant government agencies and drawing on exclusive interviews with pioneer leaders, these practitioner-centric booklets present a succinct overview and key principles of Singapore’s development model. These booklets are meant as course materials for CLC’s training courses.
Pre-school Educational Resource Package - a City in a Garden and its Biodiversity
Supported by the Garden City Fund's Plant-A-Tree Programme (Education and Conservation) fund, the National Parks Board (NParks) will be giving pre-schools a complimentary set of ‘A Pre-school Educational Resource Package on Singapore, a City in a Garden, and its Biodiversity’ in July 2015.
This is the first time that a comprehensive package of resource materials focusing on Singapore’s local flora and fauna have been designed and produced specially for children aged between 5 to 6 years old.
Reaching out to almost 80,000 pre-schoolers in 1,600 pre-schools, this programme provides every kindergarten and childcare in Singapore with a treasure chest of educational resources crafted in line with the latest kindergarten curriculum.
This programme also aims to:
- Raise awareness of our City in a Garden amongst pre-school children; and
- Encourage pre-school educators to use local examples of plants and animals, when teaching their students about the rich biodiversity that surrounds them on our island, by making resources readily available for them
List of Educational Resources
Every pre-school will receive two sets of the pre-school educational resource package. Each package consists of the following resources:
- 'An adventure in our City in a Garden' Picture Book
(Available in both big and small book formats)
Synopsis: What fascinating plants and animals live together with us in our City in a Garden? Join Kaysee and Sunny on an exciting nature adventure as they explore the park connector in their neighbourhood. With eye-catching illustrations and fun rhymes, learn about Singapore’s colourful flora and fauna, and love them a little more!
1. Peeky the Pangolin explores Singapore’s Trees
- 'Peeky the Pangolin Explores Singapore' DVD
Follow Peeky the Pangolin on a wild adventure as he explores some of the wonderful trees and wildlife that make up our City in a Garden. On his trip, he looks at the different parts of a tree and why they're important. Along the way, Peeky also finds native trees such as the Tembusu and Casuarina, and explains about the different ways that they can help people and animals.
2. Peeky the Pangolin explores Singapore’s Wildlife
Being a Singaporean animal, Peeky the Pangolin is keen to meet some of his other native friends. Join him as he embarks upon an adventure to explore Singapore’s wildlife. He discovers many birds, mammals, animals and reptiles living on our island and soon realizes what important roles they play in keeping our home clean and green.
3. Peeky the Pangolin explores Singapore, a City in a Garden
Being a native animal, Peeky the Pangolin is eager to explore his island home. On his journey, Peeky visits different parks, gardens, park connectors and nature reserves. He discovers many beautiful trees and plants, and meets other native animals. By the end of his exciting trip, Peeky agrees that Singapore is a wonderful City in a Garden that we must all appreciate and look after.
Posters (Native Animals, Numbers, Flowers and Fruits)
Posters are useful educational tools for pre-school education. The four posters featuring native animals, numbers, flowers and fruits not only add colours to the walls of the classroom but also extend the children’s learning. These posters complement the picture book and can be used as a pre-reading and post-reading activity.
Engage young children with 30 hand-painted picture word cards of flora and fauna that can be found in Singapore. The back of each card contains key information on the plant or animal, including fun facts that will capture the interest of the children.
Observe, React, Snap! Match two cards with the same animal or plant. Be the first one to shout out “Snap!” to win the cards.
Implementation of the Programme:
- Festival of Biodiversity on 27 to 28 June 2015
- All pre-schools in Singapore will be receiving the resources, at no cost to them
- Pre-schools can expect the sets to be delivered to them in July 2015
- Workshops on how to use the set of educational resources will be conducted for teachers and children on the following dates:
Children can look forward to art & craft workshops featuring the pre-school educational resources such as storytelling, demonstration of the use of picture word cards and posters and interactive Snap Card Game session.
- Teachers’ workshop on 30 June 2015
- ECDA conference on 26 September 2015
Workshop will be conducted for teachers on how to implement these resources in class. Teachers who have been using the prototypes will be invited to do short sharing about how they have used these educational resources in their class. Students’ work and photos of students’ using the resources will be displayed.