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    Oct 11, 2016

    Extra wildlife safeguards in Mandai nature project

    MORE measures will be put in place to minimise the impact the upcoming Mandai nature precinct will have on wildlife and the environment.

    Mandai Park Holdings said in a statement yesterday that it has "incorporated additional mitigation measures in its revised environmental impact assessment report".

    These will include the widening of an eco-bridge for wildlife crossing, and long-term noise monitoring.

    The forested strip that currently runs through the middle of the proposed Bird Park site will be maintained as a passageway for wild native birds and arboreal mammals - creatures that spend the majority of their lives in trees - to connect to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve.

    The building footprint for the West Arrival Node will be located at least 10m away from the freshwater stream adjacent to its boundary.

    The decision to enhance Mandai Park Holdings' mitigation measures comes after the conclusion of a month-long public consultation on the environmental impact assessment for plans to develop Mandai into an integrated nature and wildlife destination.

    "The Government has accepted the revised environmental impact assessment report and Mandai Park Holdings will be embarking on detailed design planning and a wildlife shepherding programme to facilitate the sensitive development of the area," the statement said.

    It was announced in June that when the Mandai nature precinct is completed by 2023, two wildlife parks - the new Rainforest Park and the relocated Bird Park - will join three existing attractions: the Singapore Zoo, the River Safari and the Night Safari.

    The development will reportedly include an eco-bridge - spanning the width of Mandai Lake Road - for wildlife crossing, to prevent them from ending up as roadkill.

    Nature groups and experts, however, still expressed concerns that more development could negatively affect the surrounding wildlife.

    Mandai Park Holdings said mitigation measures are recorded in an environmental management and monitoring plan.

    An Environmental Advisory Panel will be set up to monitor the effective implementation of this plan, it added.

    The panel will include independent experts from the scientific community, academia, nature groups and the private sector.