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Author/Editor: N. Sivasothi
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.

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Tue 06 Sep 2005

Workshops last week

Category : education

Raffles Museum conducted a few workshops and field trips last week.

30 Aug 2005: A group of 42 Raffles Institution students (Gifted Program) experience a mangrove/insect workshop at Khatib Bongsu. The boys had lots of fun learning about insects. Unfortunately, it rained heavily and the field trip was cut short. In the lab, the boys learned about various insect orders and how to preserve them from the Curator of Insects, Ms H. K. Lua. Research Officer Sivasothi treated them to an interesting and energetic slide talk on mangroves and conservation in Singapore.

02 Sep 2005: Another group of 42 RI boys (Gifted Program) were lucky enough to go for a field trip at Ulu Pandan woodlands, led by Prof D. H. Murphy and Workshop coordinator Wang Luan Keng. They not only had lots of fun catching insects in the tall grasses, they were also treated to stories of insects by Prof Murphy. All the labs in NUS were fully utilised that day and the museum is still undergoing renovation. Undaunted, make-shift tables were set up outside the museum and the students were soon happily learning about insects and their ecological roles, as well as preservation techniques and preparation of specimens.

03 Sep 2005: A group of Youth Envioronmental Envoys, organised by National Enviornment Agency (NEA) went for their first field trip to Semakau Landfill, led by Workshop Coordinator Wang Luan Keng. They were given a talk and tour of the landfill by NEA staff, Mr Hambali. The tide was fairly high but the students had fun looking for a some of the intertidal animals that can still be seen on the exposed beach.

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Tue 23 Aug 2005

Talk at NEA's Youth Environmental Youth Envoy Networking Session

Category : talks

20 Aug 2005 - Research Officer N. Sivasothi and Raffles Museum's Wang Luan Keng, Airani Ramli and Angeline Tay trooped down to the YMCA on Saturday afternoon to address the NEA's Youth Environmental Youth Envoy Networking Session.

Two talks were presented--"Marine conservation in Singapore" and "Biodiversity heritage and conservation strategies".

Participants were also treated to a preview of the "Marine habitats and diversity at Pulau Semakau." They will get a chance to witness this first hand during a field trip in September.

In between these sessions, participants presented project proposals as a result of an earlier workshop on sustainable environment. Topics included reduction of plastic bag consumption, pet release in the wild, water conservation for children and surveying environmental awareness in youth.

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Sun 17 Jul 2005

Official Launch of Semakau Landfill for Recreational Activities

Category : education

10semakau_launch-16jul2005The Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, officially opened Semakau for nature-based recreational activities yesterday's morning. View photos of the event.

Raffles Museum's director, A/P Peter Ng, together with President of Nature Society (Singapore), Dr Geh Min, President of the Sport Fishing Association of Singapore, Mr Chin C. K. and ex-resident of Pulau Sakeng, Haji Ghani, escorted the Minister on his tour. Despite the rainy start, the group departed from Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal at 8.30am.

An advance party consisting of members of Toddycats, Wildfilms, Blue Water Volunteers and Nature Society (Singapore) had set up exhibition booths at Semakau earlier.

The ferry took the Minister and the rest of the guests around Pulau Semakau. During the cruise, an NEA engineer gave a brief account of the making of Semakau Landfill. Raffles Museum Associate, Ms Ria Tan of WildSingapore, conducted a slideshow of the fascinating diversity of Semakau’s intertidal areas.

Some 40 families of ex-residents of Pulau Sakeng were amongst the invited guests at the launch. Many of them expressed gratitude to NEA for inviting them back to their island again.

The rain stopped just as we arrived at the Semakau jetty. Speeches were given by the CEO of NEA, Mr Lee Yuen Hee, and the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. Plaques were given out to ex-residents of Pulau Sakeng.

The Minister and guests were given a tour of some of the landfill area on Semakau and subsequently visited exhibitions set up by the three interest parties which will be conducting nature-based recreation activities on the island.

To visit Semakau, you can call one of these interest groups:
  • Sport Fishing - The Sport Fishing Association of Singapore at info@sfas.net
  • Birdwatching - The Nature Society (Singapore), tel: 6457-1196
  • Intertidal walks (for schools and members of the public from early 2006) - The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research; contact Ms Wang Luan Keng (email: dbswlk@nus.edu.sg or mobile: 92707503).

Report by Wang Luan Keng. Other reports and links at Habitatnews, WildFilms and KLOG.

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