About National Biodiversity Reference Centre
The National Parks Board is pleased to announce the establishment of the National Biodiversity Reference Centre (NBRC) on 22 May 2006. The NBRC serves as Singapore�s one-stop centre for biodiversity-related information and activities.
A major remit of NBRC is to manage all available information and data on biodiversity in Singapore. Diverse biodiversity-related information and data are at present generated, stored and updated by different organizations and individuals. NBRC will maximize the usefulness of such information and data by linking them in a single meta-database. Having relevant, complete, and up-to-date information is crucial for many decision-making processes that take biodiversity into consideration. Having such a hub of biodiversity information and data at NBRC will also allow knowledge gaps to be better identified and addressed.
The National Biodiversity Reference Centre also subsumes the present roles and responsibilities of the Biodiversity Centre of the National Parks Board. NBRC will continue to take responsibility for the conservation of both terrestrial and marine flora and fauna in Singapore and represent NParks in its role as the government�s Scientific Authority on Nature Conservation. NBRC will also represent Singapore in various biodiversity-related international/regional conventions and fora, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.�