status: Listed for use as 'Open Space' in the URA
Master Plan 2008, i.e., "Area to be used or intended to
be used as open space". Status not indicated in Parks
and Waterbodies Plan. Access to Pulau Semakau is managed by
the National Environment
Agency that runs the Semakau
Mentioned in the Singapore
Green Plan 2012 under "Marine Nature Areas":
surrounding waters bustle with large ships and small all hours
of the day, but thanks to effective pollution control, they also
teem with a rich variety of marine life.
Among our marine treasures are the pockets of coral reefs which
flourish to the south of Singapore, in particular around the St
John’s Island Group, Pulau Hantu, Pulau Semakau and the Pulau
Sudong Island Group. At these marine nature areas, numerous biological
communities - corals, sea-grasses, fishes, mangroves, marine mammals,
plankton and others - live in an abundance of aquatic harmony.
They are a never-ending source of wonderment to divers from Singapore
The government will keep these areas in their natural state for
as long as possible."
Current conservation activities:
In 1999, when the last remaining landfill on Singapore’s mainland
was exhausted, the Semakau Landfill was created by enclosing part
of Pulau Semakau and all of a small adjacent island (Pulau Sakeng)
with a rock bund. All of Singapore's waste now ends up in this Landfill,
i.e., ash from the incineration plants and all non-incinerable waste.
The parts of Pulau Semakau that was not destroyed remains natural.
the name: Pulau=Island; Semakau=unknown,
but semak=scrub or undergrowth.