About the talk –
“In this Café, we shall explore the dark, smelly, mosquito-infested mangrove swamps of Southeast Asia. Until recently, such ecosystems were considered wastelands, even though they directly support the livelihoods of millions of people around the world for fish, fuel, shelter and protection from storms and coastal hazards.”
“Despite being one of the most important ecosystems on Earth, they are being lost in Southeast Asia faster than tropical rainforests or coral reefs. We will explore some of the threats to mangroves, the research we are conducting at NUS to understand and manage them, and, the role you can play in protecting this imperilled ecosystem.”
Hmm…who you calling dark and smelly, eh? Imperiled maybe!
Go down and heckle the speaker you might have been lucky enough to last hear at the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat Workshop 2013. My co-organiser of that invigorating day, Dan is a passionate speaker and usually coherent when not organizing, chairing. speaking and summarizing a day-long workshop.
Take it away, Dan!