Sat 13 Jan 2018 The 1st Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence (open to all)

Biodiversity Friends Forum is a project I work on with NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre un der the Biodiversity Roundtable of Singapore. It began with the forum in August which helped us connect with individuals interested in nature and the environment.

That kicked off a mentorship and fireside chat series and from those interactions, we decided a “Careers in Conservation” workshop was necessary in November. The third event now unfolds, from Minister Desmond Lee’s challenge to youth to tackle a current issue: human-wildlife co-existence. This is all possible because of Linda Goh’s team of Mika Tan, Joy Wong and Goh Pei Shuan at NParks who do the heavy lifting. I am catching up with them now that exams are over!

This event is suitable even if you have little or no knowledge – simply learn during the sessions, get up to speed with some reading, and enjoy the visits with experts in the field. It will be quite the eye opener!


In January 2018, Biodiversity Friends Forum will launch the first Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence, an idea for introducing youth to the issues which was mooted by Second Minister for National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee, after the first forum in August.

Did you hear about our otters turning up on Changi Airport’s tarmac or read about wild boar sightings or hear about critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings at East Coast beach? What do you do when you encounter wildlife in urban settings? How can we manage human-wildlife interactions in Singapore?

Learn from experts and implement ideas, join us on a journey to solve a Biodiversity Challenge on human-wildlife co-existence!

The first step starts here:
BFF Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence
Seminar and Workshops: 13 Jan 2018, Saturday
8:30am – 4pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Limited spaces, register by 5 Jan! http://www.bit.ly/hwc2018

Suitable for all students in JC, ITE, polytechnic; undergraduates, fresh graduates or young working adults (aged 16-30) interested in human-wildlife interaction issues in Singapore. No prior knowledge required.

For queries, email: Biodiversity Youth Singapore at biodyouthsg@gmail.com.

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LKCNHM webpage revamped so fix old URLs for Singapore Biodiversity Records, Nature in Singapore & Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

If your search for free pdfs from Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s publications have been stymied due to invalid links, fear not – the volumes are all still online with the same filenames.

The reason for the 404 error reports? The website has been upgraded (cue gnashing teeth).

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Well, this just means editing the URL to account for the new directory path: app/uploads/4 digit year/2 digit month. If you remember to insert “app/uploads” after the root URL, you can ientify the year but will have to guess the month.

Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

Nature in Singapore

Singapore Biodiversity Records

You can visit the individual “volumes” pages for the publications, and navigate from there (remember to apply year filter:

OCBCcares Fund for the Environment – how to submit an competent proposal? Training workshop on Thu 24 Aug 2017: 4.00pm – 7.00pm

OCBCcares Fund for the Environment is inviting project proposals for their grant call with a deadline in November 2017. This is a competitive grant so proposals need to be clearly and effectively crafted. To prepare applicants, a training workshop is offered on Thu 24 Aug 2017: 4pm – 7pm.

More details at http://www.ocbc.com/group/who-we-are/sustainability-environment.html

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Dr Jane Goodall visits Singapore – JGIS hosts a public talk and dinner (6th August 2017)

Dr Jane Goodall is visiting Singapore, 6th – 8th Aug 2017 and theme for her visit is “Living in Harmony with Nature & Wildlife”.
The following public events are hosted by the Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore.

  1. Public talk, “One Nature, Together: Conversations with Dr. Jane Goodall” [http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/cnature0817]
  2. Dinner, “Living in Harmony: A Night of Inspiration with Dr. Jane Goodall” [http://janeinsg.peatix.com]
  3. Root & Shoots Conference (closed already), “Youth Environmental Stewardship for a Sustainable Future”
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Just launched – #OCBCCares Fund for the Environment (deadline 30 Nov 2017)

Individuals and groups passionate about environmental sustainability with plan of action can be funded by a new fund, the #OCBCCares for the Environment Fund. Besides funding, training will be provided by OCBC Bank staff volunteers in key related skills of project management, financial planning, budgeting know-how and presentation skills – to help you prepare robust proposals and structure projects.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals for initiatives that

  • are realistic and scalable
  • provide direct and tangible benefits to Singapore
  • deliver visible outcomes that have a sustainable impact on our environment
  • benefit a broad segment of the community

Targetted project outcomes include:

  • The adoption of environmentally responsible behaviour or habits among residents in Singapore
  • Successful efforts to conserve, recycle or minimise waste of environmental resources including water, energy, natural habitats and food
  • Biodiversity conservation initiatives, including habitat enhancement, habitat restoration and species recovery
  • Resolution of pressing local environmental sustainability issues
  • A stronger call, from ground-up, for the community to make lifestyle changes and adopt more environmentally responsible habits.

A team of us are evaluating proposals:

  • Koh Ching Ching, OCBC Bank
  • Sueanne Mocktar, National Environment Agency (NEA)
  • Lena Chan, National Parks Board (NParks),
  • Tan Nguan Sen & Linda de Mello (PUB)
  • N Sivasothi (NUS: DBS & RVRC)

Prospective applicants, do take note to apply by 30 Nov 2017 and take note of the training workshop for a robust proposal on Thu 24 Aug 2017: 4.00 – 7.00 pm @ OCBC Bank. Please read the details carefully here, and all the best!

Yes, no more excuses; this fund manpower too!

Want to take action for nature and the environment? Join the Biodiversity Youth Forum, Sat 12 Aug 2017 (120 places)

The Biodiversity Youth Forum (BYF) @ SBG, Sat 12 Aug 2017

Who is this for? All aspiring young conservationists aged 16 – 30 are welcome!
No level of experience required, sign up here.
Special Guest: Second Minister for National Development Mr Desmond Lee will join us!

Are you interested in nature conservation but don’t know where to start? Are you already active but want to contribute further, to policies and decision making in biodiversity conservation? Are you wondering if your actions can contribute to the local conservation scene and even the aspirations of the United Nations?

Join the youth facilitators and mentors at the Biodiversity Youth Forum (BYF) on 12th August 2017. In line with Singapore’s Nature Conservation Masterplan (NCMP), and in fulfilment of our commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Biodiversity Roundtable* is launching this youth forum to empower youth leaders in biodiversity issues in Singapore.

At Biodiversity Youth Forum (BYF), you will

  • meet and connect with like-minded individuals and groups
  • learn about the Convention on Biological Diversity, Singapore’s Nature Conservation Master Plan and how you can/already play a role in them
  • find out how you can get your voices heard and contribute more effectively to conservation
  • identify and seek mentorship and training

Event details:

*The Biodiversity Roundtable is an initiative spearheaded by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and National Parks Board (NParks) under Singapore’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. The Roundtable comprises about 32 representatives from various sectors of the biodiversity community in Singapore.

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Walk with primates – Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group 3rd Volunteer Information Session Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm – 2.30pm @ SBG

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Dear friends,

The Raffles Banded Langur Working Working Group initiated 6-month long surveys for the primate with the help of volunteers in the past year. Two six month survey cycles have been completed and you can be part of the 3rd cycle!

A briefing session results from the previous surveys will be conducted on Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the Function Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Sign up to attend briefing session: tinyurl.com/3rd-RBL-session

From:
Andie Ang, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group
www.facebook.com/RBLWG