Habitats in Harmony: The Semakau Landfill Story
Since the start of its operation on 1 April 1999, Semakau Landfill has been playing a major role in meeting Singapore’s waste disposal needs. Owing to its ingenious design and prudent operation, the marine and other biological ecosystems on and around the landfill have remained vibrant, with an impressive variety of flora and fauna.
Coupled with the scenic natural environment, Semakau Landfill is today renowned as the world’s first-of-its-kind, offshore landfill co-functioning as a recreational destination for nature lovers.
10th anniversary of Semakau Landfill
To mark the 10th anniversary of the uniquely Semakau Landfill, the NEA launched a commemorative book entitled “Habitats in Harmony: The Semakau Landfill Story” on 8 August 2009.
The book chronicles the successful development of the landfill as part of Singapore’s waste management strategy, and its rich and vibrant biodiversity.
It features quality photographs of 279 species of resident plants, birds, insects, fish and other marine creatures. Among them, there are 52 species which are rare and threatened such as the great billed heron, cryptic sea-star, mosaic crab and two-spotted-line-blue butterfly. There are also some species in Semakau Landfill, which are found nowhere else in Singapore.