Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

International Year of Biodiversity

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A belated post. If you haven’t already heard that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, well, it is!

The International Year of Biodiversity (or IYB) was designated by United Nations to celebrate the value of biodiversity on earth, and invites its citizens to take action to raise public awareness of the importance of biodiversity and the consequences of its loss.

To celebrate IYB2010 in Singapore, several websites, flickr groups, and numerous activities have been set up and planned:

NParks is initiating a series of activities to raise public awareness of the rich flora and fauna which can be found in Singapore, including a photo competition and exhibition, documentary screening, tree planting opportunities and guided walks.

A Celebrating Singapore’s Biodiversity blog, collating many blog posts from various citizen scientists. This is also reflected on IYB 2010 Singapore in Facebook, and a wide variety of images are also available at Singapore Celebrate IYB 2010 Flickr group.

Underwater World Singapore has also gotten into the act, putting up an exhibit on sharks.

Finally, show your support by including a IYB 2010 logo on your blog or webpage!

Cheers, Jeff

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

So, the Oceans has a day to call its own on June 8 … what can you do to help the oceans? Check it out here.

ASEAN photo contest

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The ASEAN Centre on Biodiversity (ACB) is organising a photo contest to popularize biodiversity conservation. The contest runs from 22 May to 30 August 2009, and is open to all residents of ASEAN Member States. Details of what to submit, and how to do so can be found here.

Blue Plan handed to Minister Yaacob

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The finalised Blue Plan was handed to Minister Yaacob of Environment and Water Resources in his capacity as co-chair of the inter-Ministerial Committee on Sustainable Development on May 22, at the Envirofest 2009 event at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. Another copy will be forwarded to Minister Mah of National Development, who is the other co-chair of the IMCSD.

Francis making a short speech before handing the Plan over to Minister Yaacob.

Minister Yaacob and the Blue Plan committee … from left: Farid, Francis, Minister Yaacob, Peter Ng, Beverly Goh, and Sek Chuan.

I am not sure if the finalised Blue Plan can be downloaded, but the draft document can be, here.

Hantu coral survey 14 Mar 09

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Hi folks,

Hantu was surveyed by a mixed team of BWV old-timers and newbies. Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm, we still managed to complete our work in a timely manner. The results of the coral surveys follow:

Cheers, Jeff