Draft Singapore Blue Plan released for feedback

The marine research and education community have released a Draft Blue Plan to invite feedback from the public before submission to the government in a month’s time.

See details in Habitatnews

Rubbish dumped and burnt in St. John’s Island mangroves

Hen writes in her Earth Sun and Sea blog about the St. John's Island cleanup that was conducted recently which we featured in the previous post

She reported something quite unpleasant – instead of bringing trash to the mainland for proper disposal, a contractor has dumped the trash in the mangroves of St. John's Island and burnt it there – away from the public eye. Since this cleanup crew stumbled on the find, I hope they inform NEA!

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At the Draft Blue Plan Discussion & Feedback Session

I'm at the Singapore Botanic Gardens Function Room with the "Fellowship of the Reef" – a motley bunch who are putting together a constructive feedback document about the marine environment. It is process that has its roots in the Marine Roundtable I & II.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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St. John’s Island coastal cleanup by Deutsche Bank, 05 Apr 2009

On 5th April 2009, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research was engaged by Deutsche Bank to organise a coastal cleanup activity at St. John’s island.

In due with the program, a guided walk was conducted to let the participants understand more about the coastal and mangrove fauna and flora that can be found on this island. Here is Ron, one of the guide and team leader showing them the sea hibiscus plant. 

The 38 enthusiastic participants wasted no time when the cleanup starts. Even though the area covered are just two small patches of mangrove and beach, lots of rubbish were found trapped among the roots and mud. 

One even managed to find a huge Styrofoam block out of the vegetation. 

After the cleanup, the trash bags were weighed and recorded. Thanks to the hard work of the participants, they managed to collected about 200 kg of rubbish with a total of around 800 items in just a short hour!

A tiring day out in the scorching sun. Nevertheless, everyone was in high spirits knowing that they have contributed their bit to the environment.

By Teo Siyang, Education and Research Officer, Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS.

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