Singapore - a City in a Garden
Mr Teva Raj, Director of Industry and Centre for Urban Greenery & Ecology (CUGE) at the National Parks Board (NParks), said, “Over the years, Singapore has developed a proven track record in greening urban spaces and balancing economic growth with environmental sustainability. The landscape industry will continue to play a pivotal role in Singapore’s journey to transform itself into a City in a Garden. To enhance industry productivity, the Government has set aside $12 million for initiatives under NParks’ Landscape Industry Productivity Roadmap. With the industry expected to grow between 4% and 6% each year, GreenUrbanScape Asia will contribute to this projected growth by strengthening buyer-contractor partnerships, improving management know-how and promoting trade.”
Strong industry support
Mr John Tan, Chairman of Landscape Industry Association (Singapore) (LIAS), is confident that GreenUrbanScape Asia will be an ideal platform for both local and regional companies to showcase their products and services to international buyers. He said, “Landscape implementers will definitely be able to extend their business reach at GreenUrbanScape Asia. With Singapore as the springboard into Asia and beyond, GreenUrbanScape Asia will present vast opportunities for meaningful conversations between designers and implementers, government and industry, thereby propelling the landscape and urban design sector into a new growth opportunity for all.”
The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects (SILA), which champions professional development, business development as well as research and education for the landscape architecture profession in Singapore, also sees great potential in GreenUrbanScape Asia as a platform for trade and thought leadership. Said Mr Damian Tang, President of SILA, “We have partnered LIAS, NParks and Singex to launch GreenUrbanScape Asia to offer practitioners ample opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking in a global setting. At GreenUrbanScape Asia, landscape architects will not only be updated on best practices and environmental issues relating to landscape architecture, but also be able to interact with international policymakers, planners and landscape implementers to achieve synergy and growth for the Asian landscape industry.”
Mr Aloysius Arlando, Chief Executive Officer of Singex Group, said, “Singex is committed to the development of events in emerging and specialised industries, and the landscape sector is one in which we see vast potential. As an environmental hub, Singapore has a key part to play in raising the region’s awareness of urban environmental issues and opportunities for change. Collaborating closely with NParks, LIAS and SILA, Singex will position GreenUrbanScape Asia as a pre-eminent exhibition and conference in the international landscape industry’s event calendar.”
Jointly organised by NParks, LIAS, SILA and Singex, GreenUrbanScape Asia is launched at a time when the need for liveable and sustainable cities is intensifying. The congestion and pollution that have accompanied rapid urbanisation across Asia have made creating spaces conducive for life, work and play, a paramount issue. Currently, the event counts the Australian Institute of Horticulture, the Landscape Contractors Association of the Philippines, Orchid Society of South-East Asia, and Taiwan Floriculture Development Association as supporting organisations, and more industry bodies are expected to come onboard over the next few months.
For more information, please visit www.greenurbanscape.asia