Thanks to Ocean Conservancy and Ecozine, who coordinate the Hong Kong cleanups, International Coastal Cleanup coordinators from Asia Pacific and Ocean Conservancy will meet to share and learn from each other.
The full-time Research Assistant will manage the NUS-NParks Marine Debris project which includes desktop and field research, data mining, analysis and establishment of a database and management of an education programme including workshops.
The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Literature review to establish, from published works and existing data, a baseline assessment of the current status of marine debris in Singapore
- Design and conduct experiments and field surveys to document and monitor marine debris
- Data management, integration, synthesis and analysis
- Establish a data submission and sharing mechanism
- Develop an integrated national citizen science programme to monitor marine debris
- Develop educational resources
- Prepare and conduct workshop to build capacity and facilitate information-sharing
- Draft reports, recommendations and publications
- Organise a conference at the end of the project
- Report to and work with the principal investigator and project manager
- An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field
- Familiar with literature review and research
- Excellent data management and analysis skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and able to work with different groups of people
- Some experience with volunteer work in nature or environment projects
- Highly organised and proactive
- Able to work independently and meet deadlines
- A B.Sc. (Hons) degree with experience in biology or ecology research
- Have good knowledge and experience on marine debris and micro-plastics
- Proficient in field surveys and monitoring of marine debris
- Familiar with citizen science programmes
- Excellent in interacting with local agencies and groups
- Experience in organising workshops and conferences
The Clean and Green Singapore (CGS) Carnival co-organised by NEA, North West CDC and other government agencies will be held over Saturday & Sunday, 5th & 6th November 2016 at the open field opposite Khatib MRT Station. For more details, visit the CGS webpage.
Date and Time: 5 Nov 2016, 2pm to 5pm
Venue: NTUC Centre, Level 9, Room 903, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
1.30pm – Registration
2.00pm – Welcome by Zero Waste SG and Young NTUC
2.15pm – Overview of plastic disposables in Singapore by Zero Waste SG
2.30pm – Green Canteens at NUS by NUS SAVE
2.45pm – Project bECOme to encourage lunchbox usage by Young NTUC
3.00pm – Biodegradable foodware by TRIA
3.15pm – Q&A
3.30pm – Break
4.00pm – Discussion on new BYO campaign
5.00pm – End of Forum
For details and registration, see Zero Waste SG.
In our series of talks about marine life and marine litter, we introduce some prominent species along our coasts, both vertebrate and invertebrate. This is so Singaporeans appreciate a value of coastal cleanups – make habitats more favourable for our marine life.
The iconic marine animal which sparks excitement in the crowd are smooth-coated otters. Both adults and children gasp at the photos and videos which many dedicated photographers have provided. Children are dramatic, though, they widen their eyes and scream in excitement!
Let’s hope that everyone can do their part in keeping Singapore a clean and green place for the otters and other marine animals to live in!
To see more photos and videos of Singapore otters, see OtterWatch.
An infographic from the Good Guide to Recycling of the process of recycling and the characteristic of these plastics: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (PC).
Sungei Mandai Kecil mangrove is an important, and at present, an unprotected mangrove forest in Singapore. It is part of the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflat, a 15.4 hectare patch of mangrove swamp located along the northwestern coast of Singapore. Read more about it’s significance on the 2013 workshop storify here.
On Sat 15 October 2016, pending permission from SLA/PCG, NUS Toddycats and friends are conducting a coastal cleanup in the back mangrove there.
This site is difficult to work in because of the soft terrain. The main bulk of trash is trapped amidst the vegetation of the back mangrove which is dense and has many thorny plants and is hard to get to in the undergrowth. It will require a lot of patience to remove. Previous cleanups at Sungei Mandai Kecil were small and only conducted in 1997 and 2014. Large amounts of trash has accumulated since. We will work sensitively in small teams to protect the vegetation, seedlings and roots in order to prevent excess impact.
We are calling out to experienced and dedicated coastal cleanups volunteers to join us on this mission!
Saturday 15 October 2016: 8.00am – 11.00am
Meeting Point: The gate at the former Sungei Mandai Kecil road, off Woodlands Road
By bus: from Kranji MRT station, take buses 160, 170, 178 and alight opposite Chartered Semi-C Building (Bus stop ID: 460510).
Driving: There is no parking space so drivers please park at Woodlands Town Centre and walk 15 minutes to the meeting point.
- 1.5 litres of drinking water (minimum)
- Wear hard-soled, high-cut booties.
- Light pants and a light long sleeves top (arm coolers) will protect you from insect bites and scratches from vegetation.
- Inset repellent
- A cap and sunblock
- Towel, to wipe clean
- Additional water, to clean up with
- A change of clothes – you will get muddy
- Waterproof your belongings
- Pack minimally
To join us, please register at: http://tinyurl.com/iccs-smk2016
Thank you for your interest in protecting the environment!