This will be the first time in 17 years that the ICCS team would be bringing the cleanup to Pandan mangrove, a narrow strip of mangrove forest left in the south-west of Singapore.
The site contains a high amount of accumulated trash in the deeper parts of the estuary inlet. There are also lots of mosquitoes in tide pools and we will have to look out for snakes.
A team of about 60 – 80 from 3 groups – Oil Spill Response and East Asia Response Limited, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and National University of Singapore (Raffles Museum Toddycats & friends) – will become the pioneers to tackle this site!
A recce was conducted on 13 Sept by the organisers, Sivasothi, ICCS West Zone Captain Kelly Ong and Assistant Kah Ming. Expect difficult terrain, lots of delicate air roots to take care over and no shelter or toilets. Volunteers invited to the event have to come prepared for action!
This is the first of several years of clean ups to ensure he remaining Pandan River mangroves “breathe” again.