Recognizing the value of biodiversity on quality of life, Singapore became a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since its inception at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. This international commitment makes it an obligation for the State to undertake measures with reference to Protected Areas to1:
- Establish a system of protected areas or areas where special measures need to be taken to conserve biological diversity;
- Develop, where necessary, guidelines for the selection, establishment and management of protected areas or areas where special measures need to be taken to conserve biological diversity;
- Regulate or manage biological resources important for the conservation of biological diversity whether within or outside protected areas, with a view to ensuring their conservation and sustainable use;
- Promote environmentally sound and sustainable development in areas adjacent to protected areas with a view to furthering protection of these areas.
Breaching the boundaries of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve would be to contradict the Government’s efforts to promote biodiversity conservation and its commitment to CBD.
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1 CBD Secretariat. Protected areas and the CBD. Retrieved from https://www.cbd.int/protected/pacbd/.