The Biodiversity of Singapore


Singapore is an island off the coast of Malaysia. With a wide range of biodiversity, the island has many areas that reflect its tropical climate, whether man-made or natural.

What makes this environment special or different?:

Islands are usually hotspots for biodiversity because the species that live on them adapt independently from species back on the mainland, but islands also have problems with land use and water sources.  There are so many interesting species of plants and animals to see here in Singapore, but those plants and animals also need to compete with humans for habitat space in which to live.

What parts of this environment help people to live here?:

The reservoir (human-made lake) helps people to be able to live on the island, providing fresh water to the people through a plumbing system. Land space is conserved here to some extent because people mostly live in apartments, maximizing land use.

What challenges do people face living in this environment?:

The majority of the water for Singaporeans is imported from Malaysia, as a part of an agreement that came about when Singapore separated from Malaysia in the 1960's  This agreement was set to last 99 years from the day that Singapore seceded.