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The first comprehensive introduction to the natural history of Singapore
Nature matters. Not only does it provide us with food, it is also indispensable for maintaining the quality of our air, soil, and water. It is a treasure trove of genetic information that we use in agriculture, industry, biotechnology, medicine, as well as a myriad of other uses. It stabilises our local micro-climatic conditions and helps to moderate global warming. Nature is also beautiful in itself and provides recreation in our surroundings as well as through our culture and care of many useful ornamental plants and animals. The diverse flora, fauna, and environments that we have fortuitously inherited constitutes Singapore s natural heritage, and in a country as small and urbanized as ours, we simply cannot afford to lose too much nature or allow it to degrade!
The Natural Heritage of Singapore (Third Edition) provides the comprehensive basis to understanding the natural history of Singapore. To fully appreciate and protect nature, we must learn about its past and present in order to secure its future and benefit from the great value it holds. With the threat of global climate change, biodiversity loss and other environmental problems, Singapore's natural heritage is receiving greater attention from the government, public, and scientists. Singaporeans are becoming more aware that conserving nature and a green environment is important for their well-being, and with various environmental issues being highlighted, developing and changing continually, the publication of this update is necessary.
o 63 more colour photos than the previous edition
o 2 coloured maps added
o Layout has been revamped, design and colours have been enhanced
o Updated text and terms in order to keep up with the rapid changes and development in an urbanized city
Chapter 1 Singapore s Natural Heritage
Chapter 2 Primary Vegetation
Chapter 3 Secondary Vegetation
Chapter 4 Waste- and Reclaimed Land
Chapter 5 Coastal Vegetation
Chapter 6 Intertidal Habitats
Chapter 7 Subtidal Habitats
Chapter 8 Managed Habitats
Chapter 9 Human Impacts and Conservation
Chapter 10 The importance of Biodiversity in Singapore s Context
Chapter 11 Perspectives and Challenges in Preserving Singapore s Natural Heritage
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The authors, Associate Professor Hugh T. W. Tan, Professor Chou Loke Ming, Dr Darren C. J. Yeo and Professor Peter K. L. Ng, all Singapore academics at the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, have many decades of research experience in terrestrial and aquatic ecology, botany, zoology, and conservation biology of Singapore and Southeast Asia.
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