NatCap – Assessing Singapore’s Natural Capital

Project description

Singapore has recognized that the quality of the natural environment is important to economic performance and livability. However, significant challenges exist in incorporating the environment into holistic, national-scale planning. Therefore, an interactive 3D decision-support platform was developed that can be used by planners and architects so that they can incorporate the benefits of nature in their planning and design. Key features include: (1) the visualization of the status of nature and its benefits, (2) support of understanding the effect of different development options on ecosystem services supply, and (3) communication of the information to peers and the public.

Research themes

Ecosystem management

Integrated landscape management

Participatory planning

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 1, 2018
  • End date:
    January 31, 2021
  • Location:
  • Funded by:
    National Research Foundation of Singapore
  • Objectives:
    Develop a prototype tool to inform decision-making about natural capital

Project contact

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey
  • Jan Perhac
  • Sergio Wicki

Participating partners

Daniel Friess (NUS); Tan Puay Yok (NUS); Roman Carrasco (NUS); Peter Edwards (SEC; Daniel R. Richards (SEC)

National University of Singapore (NUS); Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC)

Natasha Bhatia; Patrick Martin; Chen Mengli

Nanyang Technological University

Benjamin Lee; Rachel Oh; Alex Yee

National Parks Board

Related publications

Tan, P. Y., Zhang, J., Masoudi, M., Alemu, J. B., Edwards, P. J., Grêt-Regamey, A., Richards, D. R., Saunders, J., Song, X. P. & Wong, L. W. (2020). A conceptual framework to untangle the concept of urban ecosystem services. Landscape and Urban Planning 200, 103837.

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