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国家公园局在工业园区密集植树可使新加坡部分地区降温6°C

Oct 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

新加坡的目标是在2030年前种植一百万棵树,因此居民们可以期待在道路两旁甚至是我们的工业园区绿树成荫了。

国家发展部长李智陞周一(10月26日)在一份声明中宣布,到2030年工业园区的树木量将增长近三倍,从目前的约9万棵增至2030年的约26万棵。

同时,将在工业园区新建约100公顷的绿地,包括裕廊岛、裕廊创新区、榜鹅数码园区和双溪加株生态区(如下图所示)。

绿化可使市区温度降低6℃

未来十年,在社区(包括裕廊集团的合作伙伴、居民、学校、国家公园局志愿者及自然和社区团体)的帮助下,工业园区将种植约17万棵树木。

此次树木种植将模拟森林中的植物结构,采用多树种的分层种植方法,而非单排的同种树木。

根据国家公园局所做的建模研究,这种多层种植结构可使公路和国土沿线的地表温度降低多达6°C。

这将抑制城市化加速和绿化减少所导致的城市热岛效应。

该效应可解释为市区(像有道路和车辆的工业区)的温度较高,而乡村或绿化更好的区域(如乌敏岛)的温度较低。

为了测量和了解绿化对市区微气候的影响,国家公园局还将在裕廊地区(包括裕廊工业区和裕廊岛)部署环境传感器网络。

在战略上,共40套传感器将被放置在裕廊地区的不同区域以收集环境温度、相对湿度和风速的数据,来支持研究项目并帮助提高国家公园局在改善绿化热舒适性策略方面的实效性。

这些环境传感器的招标将于今年年底进行。

到2030年将在工业区种植约17万棵树木

为了给工业区降温并改善这些区域的空气质量,国家公园局将与裕廊集团合作,到2030年在工业区新增约100公顷的绿地。

绿地将包括工业区的公园和路旁绿化带,希望通过将绿化疗效更接近人们的工作场所来创造一个更具吸引力和更有益的工作环境。

最近新增绿地的一个例子是位于实里达航空园的3.2公顷的汉普斯特德湿地公园,裕廊集团和国家公园局于今年4月开放该公园。

这个湿地公园辅以至少10公顷的路边绿地,并已证明受到了包括新加坡其他地区居民在内游客的欢迎。

同时,工业园区的新绿地将与周围的自然绿地相连。

例如,双溪加株生态区将连接双溪布洛自然公园步道网络和铁道走廊。

到2022年将在裕廊岛种植34000棵新树

国家公园局在与裕廊集团合作的同时将与裕廊岛社区合作,于2022年前种植34000棵新树,以改善岛上的绿化和自然环境,同时加强社区对环境的管理。

到目前为止,裕廊岛根据其2019年3月至2020年10月间的耐寒抗旱性以及为岛上增添绿茵生机的能力,已经种植了近1.3万棵新树。

例如,裕廊岛大道增添了近5000棵树,如南亚新木姜子、红色多花紫薇、白木苏花、锥果木、红叶海杧果品种和玉蕊,它们成为迎接工作人员和游客前往裕廊岛的热门景观。

以下是裕廊岛大道密集植树后的样子:

图片来自国家公园局

图片来自国家公园局

到2022年,裕廊岛的树木总数可达到4.4万棵,这与“绿色裕廊岛倡议”前的一万棵相比是一个巨大的进步。

周一(10月26日),国家公园局与裕廊集团在“百万树木运动”的号召下于裕廊岛举办了一场社区植树活动。

国家发展部长李智陞和热爱环境的人们(其中包括Han Jok Kwang和他的妻子Leong Wai Leng,西海岸集选区的居民们以及来自裕廊岛社区的32家公司)共种植了100棵树。

李智陞强调说,Han和Leong为庆祝他们结婚35周年向“花园城市基金”(国家公园局的注册慈善公益机构)捐款,将帮助种植168棵树以响应“绿色裕廊岛倡议”。

到目前为止,来自裕廊岛社区的70多家公司和组织通过“花园城市基金”向“绿色裕廊岛倡议”捐款,以支持该岛的绿化。

埃克森美孚公司是目前单个机构最大的捐助者,它向该倡议捐款了12万美元,将资助400棵树。

以上图片来自国家公园局

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.