Developing Sensitively

The Mandai rejuvenation project is being developed on impacted land which used to house villages, farms, the former Mandai Orchid Garden, as well as existing zoo facilities. Guiding this development is a carefully conceived design and construction plan to ensure sensitivity to surrounding flora and fauna.

Facilitating wildlife connectivity

Come 2019, there will be a dedicated bridge at Mandai to facilitate habitat connectivity for local wildlife in the area. The eco-link links the southern and northern sides of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, which are separated by Mandai Lake Road, to provide safe passage for wildlife crossings. There will also be fencing around the precinct to act as a barrier to the road and guide animals towards the bridge. Besides the eco-link, trees will be planted across the precinct to provide a continual canopy connection and foliage for local wildlife movement.

 
Conserving and enhancing the habitat

Trees on site are surveyed and tagged based on their species, health, size and conservation status. Those of conservation interest will be incorporated into park designs or transplanted. Saplings, tree ferns and rootballs suitable for transplanting will also salvaged and relocated within the precinct. To create conducive green habitats for local wildlife, carefully curated native trees and plants will be planted as part of landscaping, while invasive species and weeds will be removed.

 
 
Special consideration for wildlife

Before the start of any construction work, great care is taken to ensure safety of wildlife through activities such as wildlife shepherding and tree inspections. Site staff are also required to undergo special biodiversity awareness training to familiarise themselves with the type of wildlife in the area and the protocol to activate specialist response to wildlife sightings.

 
 
Speed reduction measures

A series of speed reduction measures aimed at reducing wildlife road incidents has been implemented along Mandai Lake Road. This includes multiple speed humps, speed regulating strips, speed signs and speed radar panels along the road. Speed limit for most parts of the road has also been reduced to between 20 and 40km/hr. To remind drivers to slow down, there are wildlife crossing signs lining Mandai Lake Road and at carpark entrances. These measures are continually reviewed and enhanced. There is also a dedicated team that monitors wildlife road incident within and around the project area, and responds round-the-clock to such incidents. To report wildlife road incidents, please call our wildlife response hotline: 9088 5068.

Environmental Impact Assessment

Mandai Park Holdings (MPH) gazetted the results of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its plans to develop Mandai into an integrated nature and wildlife destination that promotes sustainability and wildlife conservation. The EIA was commissioned by MPH and was undertaken at a conceptual design stage. It surveys the baseline environmental conditions within the project site and evaluates potential environmental impacts of the project. The EIA Report also includes recommended mitigation measures and an Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan.

The final EIA Report, which incorporates suggestions and feedback received during public consultation, is available for reference below.

EIA Non-Technical Summary
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EIA Report
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EIA Annexes
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