An Urban Jungle for the 21st Century

The math is impressive. In the last 25 years, the population of Singapore has nearly doubled, to more than five million. Over the same period, its green cover — planted areas that appear green on satellite photos, from parks to rooftops — has increased from a little more than a third of the city-state’s area to nearly half.

But it is not enough. In Singapore’s next green road map, its 10-year development plan, the country aims to go from being a garden city to a city in a garden. The difference might sound very small, says Poon Hong Yuen, the chief executive of the country’s National Parks Board, but it’’s a bit like saying my house has a garden and my house is in the middle of a garden. What it means is having pervasive greenery, as well as biodiversity, including wildlife, all around you — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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