Second engagement session – the ICCS Briefing

This drizzly Saturday morning saw the ICCS Otters address participants and Site Buddies about various aspects of ICCS operations which will take place next week.

This session was put together by the ICCS education team led by Zhang Dongrong and Marcus Tay. This follows the earlier engagement session, the Organiser’s Workshop (or simply ICCS Workshop) which dealt mainly with the raising the knowledge level of organiser’s about background issues of the ICC such as marine life and human impact.

I kicked off with some background to the ICC and ICCS while Lim Chen Kee covered operations, Marcus Tay dealt with the role of Site Buddies, Anand Ramchand discussed data collation and submission and the ICCS webpage and I rounded up the session which ended by 11.30am.

Each of the presenters injected humour from their experiences from past years of the ICCS so it was relevant as well as funny.

During the Q&A, the other ICCS Otters – Oi Yee, Kai Scene, Dinesh, Dongrong and Dewi joined in to discuss operational issues with the Site Buddies and participants who had joined us in LT25.

We surmised it as a fruitful session despite the mix of roles in the audience and saw many taking notes during the two and a half hour session. So we were glad we put it together in such a hurry despite our tough schedules. Sure we can do a lot to improve but even n this form, it’s usefulness has cemented itself into an annual offering along with the Organiser’s Briefing.

Photos on Flickr

Recce season ending, now for action!

Things are heating up and ICCS kicks off with Loyang mangroves being tackled by Woodlands Ring Secondary this afternoon!

Most of the preliminary recces by Zone and Site Captains had been conducted over a month now and this is the last weekend to roundup the final recces.

The Buloh-Kranji team met today, as is traditional, and I went to Pandan mangroves in the mid-morning. Tomorrow morning, Dinesh will be conducting a recce at Pulau Ubin.

Pandan mangroves is a new site and the inner reaches are, like most mangrove sites, heavily laden with a historical load. This site has lots of mozzies and some snakes too, in addition to the trash so it is a determined crew that will be going in to tackle the historical load there.

Our new Zone Captain (West), Kelly Ong, will be learning the ropes with this site during ICCS 2008.

Pandan mangroves recce with Wilson Tan (OREARL), Otterman,
Desmond Ling & Lucia Meijer (Wildlife Reserves Singapore)
and Teo Kah Ming (Raffles Museum Toddycats). Photo by Kelly Ong.

Pandan mangroves. Photo by Kelly Ong.

NUS contingent to Kranji mangroves: Registration

For six years now, student volunteers from the Department of Environmental Engineering organise the National University of Singapore’s participation to the ICCS. They are supported in this effort by the Office of Safety Health and the Environment. On Thursday, they sent out this email to students and staff of NUS. This was the email I received:

“Dear Staff

Do you know that plastic bags and fishing lines/nets can hurt or kill marine wildlife? Do your part to protect our marine environment. Participate in the International Coastal Cleanup, Singapore 2008.

What’s It About?

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is an annual international event involving some 400 000 people in 70-100 countries who gather to clean up trash at beaches, lakes, oceans and mangroves all over the world.

The International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is coordinated by volunteers of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research.

  • Date: Saturday, 20th September 2008
  • Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve
  • Go to the
    Registration Page (NUS Userid required).

Limited to 100 participants only! All participants are required to sign an indemnity form.

Chartered Bus Pickup Times and Venues:

  • 7.30 am @ Admin Block (near Central Library)
  • 7.30 am @ Prince George’s Park Residence bus terminal (Next to KEVII)
  • 7.30 am @ Clementi Bus Interchange
  • 8:00 am @Passenger service counter at Kranji MRT

The organisers will be attending the Site Captain’s briefing at Sunge Buloh Wetlands Reserve on Saturday afternoon. Also working at the site will be the ICCS stalwart, Singapore American School.