Today, Shufen gave a talk about our mangrove forests as part of NPark's “Forests, People, Environment” Exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Shufen gave a very thorough talk discussing tricky issues such as: what is a mangrove? The tree or the ecosystem? She explains that we should use 'mangrove forest' when referring to the ecosystem to avoid confusion. She also discusses: what is a 'true mangrove'? She outlines some of the key characteristics, based on Tomlinson. It appears this is still an ongoing issue and the status of many plants are still being discussed.
a study found that many large animals depend on mangrove forests for at least part of their life cycle. The loss of mangroves would affect these mangrove-dependent animals!
Guide to Mangroves of Singapore. How much do we really have left? Shufen says it really depends on the methods used to measure mangrove forests.
Tumu berau (Bruguiera sexangula) was rediscovered in 2005.
Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii). Globally, there are believed to be only about 200 trees. Singapore has four!
a talk given by Dr Patrick Grootaert some time ago. Shufen highlighted the awesome website of Empidoidea of Singapore Mangroves!
restore the mangroves at Pulau Tekong.
Sungei Buloh, Pasir Ris, Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa and Pulau Semakau.
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore is now in its 20th year and the annual clean up will happen this September. They will be doing a mangrove clean up at Lim Chu Kang on 6 Aug.
Mega Marine Survey as a fun and meaningful way for anyone to contribute to learning more about our mangrove forests.
about Dr Yong and his guides on the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog.
Shufen ends with a list of some useful references. Some of these are also listed on this wildfact sheet on mangroves. Shufen, of course, covered a lot more that I didn't cover in this short post.
yesterday's talk with a very obliging audience!