Tree planting is not a simple solution

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Science  08 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6491, pp. 580-581
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba8232

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  • RE: Tree Planting Exercise of Singapore

    Tree Planting Exercise of Singapore

    I read the article on tree planting with a keen interest [see Karen D. Holl and Pedro H. S. Brancalion, Science, 368 (6491), 580-581 (8 May 2020)]. It would be relevant to note the rich and diverse experience of the extensive tree planting exercise started in Singapore in the 1960s. It is to be noted that Singapore is a city-state and an island-country with an area of 720 square-kilometers and population of less than six million (2019). The National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks, promotes biodiversity in a highly urbanized and land-scarce landscape, the recovery of habitats and species and supports the incorporation of biodiversity into all levels of the education system. NParks had its origins in the exercise of tree-planting in the 1960s, which enjoyed the patronage of Lee Kuan Yew, then Prime Minister of Singapore. In 2008, the NParks along with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (this convention was conceived by United Nations Environment Programme) developed the ‘Singapore Index on Cities’ Biodiversity (also known as the City Biodiversity Index or simply Singapore Index). Other environmental indices are centered around indicators including, clean water, sanitation, energy efficiency, air quality, and waste management. The Singapore Index consolidates the various biodiversity indicators and provides a single index. Singapore...

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