Singapore is unusual within ASEAN countries. Whereas forestry is important but distant for many citizens of ASEAN Countries with much higher forest cover, in Singapore the daily comfort of every resident depends on the city's tree. With a land area of about 714 square kilometers and current population size of over 5.3 million inhibitants, Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
The role of Community in Urban Forestry in Singapore
Community-initiated gardens sprouting flowers, herbs, vegetables, and even trees can be found in public and private estates, schoolds, as well as public spaces such as hospitals. These gardens are taken cared of by volunteers from all walsk of life including residents, students, and staff of various organizations.
The government provides funding support for the basic green infrastructure, while community involvement through infividual and corporations is encourage to promote ownership in sustaining Singapore as a Garden City with various greening initiatives. To date, over 13,000 trees have been planted under this program involving some of 20,000 people from the general public and corporations.
There are currently around 800 volunteers conducting or promoting green activities together with the National Parks Board.