Natural Capital Singapore is a new research project to understand the benefits of our ecosystems
As a global leader in green urban development, Singapore has recognised 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. While the economic benefits of urban development are simple to calculate, we lack comparable information for environmental assets (termed natural capital). Methods to assess natural capital at a national level have been developed for several temperate nations, but these are not readily applicable to tropical nations such as Singapore, where climatic conditions, ecosystems and national priorities are different.

The objectives of this project are to assess the current status and health of Singapore’s major ecosystems, and quantify their economic and societal value. This analysis will provide the first national-scale assessment of Singapore's natural capital, and the first assessment for a tropical, heavily urbanised country. The project will also predict potential future changes in natural capital, and identify trade-offs and synergies with future urban development. The assessment of future changes will be supported by the development of an interactive decision-support tool that will provide information on natural capital to decision-makers.

Natural Capital Singapore is kicking off in the first half on 2018. Stay tuned for updates.

Bringing together expertise from local and foreign universities, and the government

Natural Capital Singapore is an Intra-CREATE collaborative research project, funded by the National Research Foundation. The projected is hosted by the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), which is an overseas research institute of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). The team is led by Principal Investigators from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), SEC, and ETH Zurich, with collaborators from other organisations. Our key partner in government is the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) at the National Parks Board (NParks).

Lead Principal Investigators: Adrienne Grêt-Regamey (ETH Zurich)
                                              Dan Friess (NUS Department of Geography)

Principal Investigators:          Peter Edwards (ETH Zurich)
                                              Dan Richards (SEC)
                                              Roman Carrasco (NUS Department of Biological Sciences)
                                              Tan Puay Yok (NUS School of Design and Environment)
                                              Natasha Bhatia (NTU)

Collaborators:                       Benjamin Lee (CUGE)
                                             Tsen Yang Lee (CUGE)
                                             Alex Yee (CUGE)
                                             Rachel Oh (University of Queensland)
                                             Winston Chow (NUS Department of Geography)
                                             Chen Mengli (NTU)
                                             Patrick Martin (NTU)
                                             Gonzalo Carrasco (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology)

Research team:                    Project Coordinator: Justine Saunders (SEC)
                                             Research Coordinator: Dan Richards (SEC)
                                             PhD Student: Sasha Soto (NUS Department of Geography)
                                             Research Associate: Leon Gaw (SEC)
Contact us
Natural Capital Singapore is located at the NRF CREATE Campus, within the National University of Singapore. 

Natural Capital Singapore
Singapore-ETH Centre
#06-01 CREATE Tower
1 Create Way
Singapore 138602

For further information on the project please contact Dan Richards;     

Photographs courtesy of Fung Tze Kwan and Song Shuang.