Published on: 13-May-2019
In light of the recently released IPBES report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, showing alarming declines in global biodiversity as a consequence of human activities, the Straits Times turned to ASE’s Asst Prof Janice Lee for comments. Lee pointed to successful examples of species conservation from Singapore, leading to the recovery of species like oriental pied hornbill and the smooth-coated otters. She also emphasized the urgent need for biodiversity conservation in the region and that Singapore needs to play an active role in safeguarding the biodiversity and ecosystems of this region, where agricultural expansion is a major threat to biodiversity. The key role of Singapore in the trade of agro-commodities such as palm oil, rubber and coffee means it could reduce damage to ecosystems by e.g. implementing sustainability standards in trade and financing, companies ensuring their supply chains are free from deforestation, and enforcing laws for preservation of natural habitats.
Read the two Straits Times articles here and here
Read a related Straits Times article on biodiversity conservation here (by Professor Peter Edwards and Ms Justine Saunders of the Natural Capital Singapore project at the Singapore-ETH Centre).
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