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Jakarta Post

Megacity in a garden of interesting delights

  • Poonam Sagar


Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16 2012   /  11:20 am

On the final descent into Singapore and the sight of its state-of-the-art architecture and tall skyscrapers, one still cannot help but be impressed by surrounding prolific pockets of greenery. In fact, Singapore, the economic hub of Southeast Asia, is also Asia’s greenest city, as determined by the Asian Green City Index study commissioned by Siemens and conducted by independent Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in 2011.

In Singapore’s green road map, the country aims to go from being “a garden city” to “a city in a garden”.

‘The difference might sound very small,” said 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.

“As we...