Singapore | 14/07/2021 1100

Wetlands, Otters and Urbanization in Singapore

It is no secret that wetlands are hotspots for biodiversity, instrumental in flood protection, and help to enrich the beauty of our natural world. However, as urbanization takes hold of many countries, vast areas of wetlands have been filled in to make way for roadways, buildings, canals, and cities. In the 20th century alone, the global wetland area has diminished by 64-71%, and in regions such as Asia this figure is even higher. This drastic change in landscape causes a major shift in how water is managed and how nature functions.

Although creation of urban environments inevitably depletes wetland environments, is there a way to bridge the gap and get the best of both worlds?