RWS commits $ 10 million in partnership with NUS to work for sustainable tourism
SINGAPORE – A new five-year applied research partnership focused on biodiversity and energy conservation promises to boost Singapore’s quest for sustainable tourism.
Launched on Wednesday January 5, the applied research partnership will see Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) commit $ 10 million to the partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS).
It aims to contribute to the Singapore 2030 Green Plan and to support Sentosa Development Corporation’s plans to transform the island into a carbon neutral destination by 2030, RWS and NUS said in a joint statement.
The partnership will also bring together NUS ‘expertise in engineering and marine sciences and RWS’ position as a leisure and tourism destination that integrates sustainability as part of its business model, said NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye, who spoke at his launch event at the RWS Equarius Hotel Ballroom.
As part of RWS’s expansion plan, the Singapore Oceanarium, which was first announced for development in 2019, is expected to be three times the size of the original SEA Aquarium.
It will include immersive, multisensory storytelling of the evolution of ocean dwellers and unique representations of Singapore’s coastal ecosystems, said Mr. Tan Hee Teck, Managing Director of RWS.
“The experiences he offers (Singapore Oceanarium) will inspire a positive change of mindset and lead to a call to action for the protection of our oceans and marine habitats,” he added.
The Oceanarium will also engage the community at large, offering seminars and workshops from its explorers in residence and visiting scientists to establish itself as a center for education, conservation and research on marine biodiversity.
The RWS-NUS partnership will also lead an initiative to identify endangered marine species, such as native crab species and marine plants, in and around Singapore, and implement rewilding programs to restore the health of populations in the area. species in Singapore waters.
Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan, who spoke at the launch event, said the collaboration will provide opportunities for marine science conservation, research and education, while enhancing Singapore’s appeal as a tourist destination.
He added that the partnership “contributes to sustainable development and the preservation of our natural heritage, allowing future generations of Singaporean families to continue to enjoy these special places.”