|Lim Wei Ling and Marcus Chua embody the Next Generation|
who are already a significant force acting for Singapore's biodiversity.
We are very heartened by the Guest of Honour's very fortright sharing. Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister of State (MOS) for National Development and Manpower spoke at great length before he got around to his prepared speech!
twitter feed, BG Tan talked about the challenges of conservation in Singapore and the need to tap the nature community, and how Singapore's native flora and fauna make up a part of what it means to be Singaporean. In the media, it was reported that BG Tan emphasised the importance of nature conservation in Singapore. Identity is not just centred on history but also on the country's biodiversity, he said, adding: 'I think it is important to embrace that and preserve as much of that as we can.' Here's BG Tan's speech, thanks to Andy Dinesh!
Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III - 24Sept2011 - GOH Speech from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.
BG Tan also launched the exciting new NParks Community in Nature programme to allow individuals, community groups and organisations to take part in nature awareness activities like photography and birdwatching. The activities will start next month. More details in media reports on the Symposium.
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore who had been a part of the programme for decades! Bravo!
There were 21 speakers at the Symposium! Despite being given a strict 10 minutes each to speak, all of them raised interesting ideas, covered the main issues and shared important findings. Some of those I found particularly interesting included this amazing photo of a pangolin mama carrying her baby across the road. Fortunately there were no cars on the road at that time, or they would have turned into Pangolin Pancake. Hence the importance of the Eco-link effort, as shared by Delfinn Sweimay Tan.
I love dinosaurs! And I can't get enough of them. Swee Hee shared latest updates including how Apollo might have to be renamed Apollonia with recent discoveries about these dinosaurs.
My earlier post about NBSAP and the actual Plan on the NParks website.
coral spawning in Singapore! A remarkable event that went unnoticed in our waters until it was studied by NUS.
the talk abstracts and the twitter feed #biodsg3 for live comments mainly by Ivan Kwan as VaranusSalvator and hairen, also by David Tan and others. See also NUScasts and Youtube videos from Habitatnews.
Besides the talks, there were more than 40 posters about our biodiversity! These posters shared about the ongoing work for forests, freshwater and marine biodiversity, with many opportunities for ordinary people to contribute! My impressions of the posters in this separate post.
The talks were followed by lively and enthusiastic Q&A sessions! With many answers contributed by members of the audience as well, and great discussions of some topical issues. All very well handled by the speakers and chairpersons.
ToddyCats! also had a great booth showcasing some of Singapore's amazing biodiversity! Among the highlights is Junius's papercraft that feature our native animals. Ivan shared more about the work that went into setting this up! His post also has more about Junius' wonderful papercraft that will surely encourage children to learn and love our native biodiversity.
There was obviously lots of effort to ensure two tea breaks that were not only sumptuous, but as Siva mentioned, vetted the caterers to make sure they were green, i.e, did not use plastic disposables. The teas were so scrumptious and plentiful, I didn't even have to eat lunch or dinner. Btw, I love Ben's dugong shirt!
Ivan Kwan who live tweeted non-stop for 10 hours straight. To the point that he got locked out and had to tweet on his other account. And those who missed out will have to thank Andy Dinesh who doggedly videotaped all the talks and other events at the Symposium.
As Siva said, the work between Symposiums goes on. Can't wait for the next Symposium, hopefully it won't be another four-year wait!
Links to more
- The Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III blog with links to more about the issues and other updates.
- Live tweets about the Symposium on #biodsg3
- Mainstream media reports on the Symposium.
- Videoclips: NUScasts and Youtube videos from the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III (2011)
- Videoclip of BoSS III: Why would anybody want to be a botanist in Singapore? on facebook
- Videoclip of Speech by Guest of Honour BG Tan on sgbeachbum by Andy Dinesh
Impressions of the Symposium
- BoSS III (My Takeaways) from Trek through Paradise by Lee Wei.
- TeamSeagrass featured at the Symposium on the teamseagrass blog.
- Hopping on the BoSSIII reflection bandwagon! from Diary of a Boy wandering through Our Little Urban Eden by Sean Yap
- Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III - What went on? from Psychedelic Nature by Mei Lin
Photos on facebook
Behind the scenes
- Ready for the weekend from Lazy Lizard's Tales by Ivan
- How did people find their way to the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III webpage? from Otterman speaks by otterman