Urban development projects are increasing. Natural environment and open spaces are developed into residential and commercial sites. As a result, areas dominated by green canopies are getting smaller, and this is having a profound effect on our health and environment.
We never notice it, but every day, we enjoy immeasurable benefits from the trees growing around us. Did you know that a mature tree absorbs hundreds of gallons of water in a day and about 95% of the absorbed water may be transferred into the atmosphere. This enables us to enjoy cool breeze even under the hot sun. Also, carbon dioxide, a by-product of machines and many capital-intensive industries, is absorbed by trees as raw material for photosynthesis, which in turn release oxygen into the atmosphere.
In the erection of commercial and residential buildings for economic growth, healthy trees should not be compromised. Some of the existing trees are healthy and suitable for preservation while others may have structural instabilities, making them likely to become hazardous in the future. Yet other trees may be impossible to preserve due to construction constraints, such as those growing near work zones. Preserving them may be a waste of time and effort. So then, how should we evaluate the trees? How do we determine tree preservation?
Tree preservation measures ought to be consulted PRE-construction stage and implemented DURING and POST the construction period. These are just some of the questions we have to keep in mind:
What can be done for trees suffering stress due to construction operations?
Are the trees growing in your estate safe for people and properties?
Do you need hazard evaluation assessment for your trees?
Our team of certified professional arborists in Singapore at TreeCare+ Consultancy are specialists in Tree Inspection, Evaluating Construction Impacts on Trees, Tree Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Soil Inspection and Amelioration. We will be your solution provider for all your tree related issues.
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Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) at Ground Level and CA Report
Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) with Elevated Working Platform (EWP) and CA Report
Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) with Refractometer, EWP and Report
Root Growing Zone Assessment with Hydraulic Penetrometer and CA Report
Root Exploratory Assessment with Air Spade and CA Report
Determination of Internal Decay with Resistograph and CA Report
Determination of Internal Decay with Tomograph and CA Report
Supervision of Tree Care Operations
Supervision of Tree Protection Plan and Monthly Inspection and CA Report
According to Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), article 14 stated impact assessment as a key instrument for achieving the conservation, sustainable use and equitable sharing objectives of the Convention.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment states that understanding the factors that cause changes in ecosystems and ecosystem services is essential to the design of interventions which enhance positive and minimize negative impacts. Such factors are called drivers of change and can be natural or human-induced. Impact assessment is primarily concerned with human-induced drivers of change. Natural drivers of change are important however, as they define background trends or changes against which human-induced changes need to be evaluated.
The impacts resulting from drivers of change due to development project are assessed in one of the aspects of biodiversity which is composition, where keystone species at the studied area are of particular relevance. A keystone species is a plant or animal that plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem function. Without keystone species, the ecosystem would be dramatically different or cease to exist altogether.
Besides, the potential impacts also assessed in aspect of key processes. Key processes can be natural or human-induced processes. Key processes can be driven by external factors (climate, tidal regime, sediment flow), or by internal ecosystem processes (nutrient and energy flow, population dynamics, etc.). In addition, human processes can be of key importance; a number of ecosystems such as land-use systems have been created by centuries of human management; examples are high altitude meadows, heather lands and nutrient-poor grasslands.
The flora and fauna subjects for conservation, the impacts of intended development on the affected and surrounding areas, mitigation measures to minimize adverse impact on existing ecology will be assess and converted into report.
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Biodiversity Impact Assessment Report
• To carry out field research to determine the current floral and faunal diversity on site. All vertebrate (mammals, birds and reptiles) and selected invertebrate (dragonflies and butterflies) group were included.
• To suggest, base in the findings, how the layout infrastructure can impact the habitats and eco systems on site.
• To recommend environmental mitigation measures that should be implemented for the intended development planned, with particular consideration for the intended woodlands part area.