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Background

Given the size of the country, Singapore has limited amount of forests and peatland areas, therefore is not susceptible to large scale forest fires. It is however affected by transboundary haze caused by forest and peat land fires in the region.

In order to handle the threat caused by impending smoke haze episodes, the Inter Ministry Haze Task Force (HTF) was established in 1994. The HTF serves to minimize the impact of haze on the well-being and health of the general public in Singapore during the smoke haze period. An Action Plan spelling out the health effects, cautonary statementsand response plans based on the intensity of the haze has been developed.


The National Environment Agency of Singapor operates an early warning system for the monitoring of forest fires and smoke haze in the region based on satellite imageries. In addition, it operates a network of air quality monitoring stations to provide measurments on the air quality to determine the intensity of the haze.

 
 

 
 
   

Distribution and status of peatlands

Given the size of the country, Singapore has limited forest land and peatlands. Estimates of the amount of peat soils in Singapore are widely divergent because some are overlain by, or intermixed with, marine sediments. The most distinctive peatland in Singapore is the freshwater swamp forest at Nee Soon. Read more >>

     
   

Values of peatlands

The most distinctive peatland in Singapore is the freshwater swamp forest at Nee Soon. This swamp system is extremely complex, and the all-important water regime must have drastically altered over time by changes both up and downstream of the existing remnants. Read more >>

     
   

Threats faced of peatlands

Although Singapore is not susceptible to large scale forest fires, it is affected by transboundary haze caused by forest and peat land fires in the region. Read more >>