Though world famous and much loved by tourists, Sentosa Island also has a surprising number of natural assets which ICN highlighted through our ecotourism study. Rainforested hills, lagoons with mangroves and coastal foreshores are habitat for a surprising range of wildlife populations. The two highest hills on the island, Mt Imbiah and Mt Serapong, had been designated as nature areas by Singapore’s National Parks Board, having remained untouched by development for over sixty years. The forest bio-diversity found on these hills was distinct enough to warrant managed access, exploration and appreciation.
ICN developed a number strategies including; creating routes through the forest environment and enhancing interpretive elements on Mt Imbiah. “Re-use” was one key objectives of this project with a disused monorail station and track recommended for a “nature discovery” information centre. The steel structure of the old monorail track was proposed for a new elevated route through existing forest. From this ‘master-plan’ natural areas would be protected and enhanced as habitat, with managed access for people.
Gold SILA Award 2009