29 January 2009

4 Feb (Wed): Get the latest update on Singapore reefs and beyond

A fifth of coral reefs dead: only emission cuts can save the rest! We read this last month. "If nothing is done to substantially cut emissions, we could effectively lose coral reefs as we know them, with major coral extinctions.”

What does this mean for Singapore reefs and beyond? Find out as Ms Karenne Tun, lead author for the Southeast Asia chapter of the "Status of coral Reefs of the World: 2008" presents during the Southeast Asia Launch of the Report in Singapore next week.

In conjunction with the Public Lecture on "Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans: threats, opportunities and responsible governance" by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng, Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

Southeast Asia Launch
of the Report on the
"Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008"

in conjunction with

Public Lecture on
"Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans:
threats, opportunities and responsible governance"
by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng
Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council
of the Partnerships in Environmental Management
for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

About the Book Launch
This "Status of coral Reefs of the World:2008" is under the auspices of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRNM) of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). The lead author for the Southeast Asia chapter, Ms Karenne Tun of the National University of Singapore will be presenting a summary of the "Status of Coral Reefs in Southeast Asia 2008". Media articles about this Report, and previous Reports by the GCRNM.

About the Public Lecture
A brief introduction of ocean as the last frontier: its importance to the survival of mankind, its contribution to marine economy and the focus of human activities and culture in the 21st century. An analysis of old and new challenges (climate change, energy and financial crisis) to the security of the ocean and the new opportunities (including ecological and biological economies) arising from them. The need for developing and strengthening responsible ocean governance and activities and role and key activities of PEMSEA in promoting regional cooperation and partnership in addressing these challenges.

All are welcome!

Programme Outline
  • 6.30 pm: The Southeast Asia Launch of the Report on the "Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008" – Presentation on the summary of the SE Asia Chapter by Ms Karenne Tun
  • 7.00 pm: Public Lecture on "Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans: threats, opportunities and responsible governance" by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng
  • 8.00pm: Q&A Session
  • 8.15pm: End of event

Time: 6.30pm; refreshments will be served from 5.45pm onwards
Venue: Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Location map and getting there on the Botanic Gardens website
Contact: Rachel/Shufen at 6465 1690/1

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