Titles and abstracts

Ref: M1 (Plenary)

Dr Leong Chee Chiew, Chief Operating Officer, National Parks Board

The conservation and sustainable use of Singapore’s remaining biodiversity to optimise benefits for the present and future generations of Singaporeans involve diverse activities and responsibilities. These include meeting Singapore’s international and regional responsibilities as a member of the Convention on Biological Diversity, ensuring the health of natural ecosystems and habitats, carrying out research to document biodiversity, implementing educational programmes, planning compatible recreational experiences for the public, and so on. No single agency, government or non-government, has all the resources, or the complete knowledge and skill sets required for these varied tasks. Indeed, the conservation of Singapore’s biodiversity requires the collective effort of all sectors of the public, private and people communities. This paper reflects on some of the tasks involved and ways in which collaboration can be effected.