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Fri 02 Jul 2004

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore - new team looks for help

Category : marine

The team coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (ICCS) is almost entirely "The Next Generation" and are looking for more motivated and passionate individuals to lend them a hand.

The International Coastal Cleanup is annual international event coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy, in which volunteers from almost 100 countries remove and collect data on marine trash which not only creates an eyesore on shorelines, waterways and beaches but also hurts marine life and the environment. The data is used to educate and to encourage positive change in ourselves, other individuals, organisations and governments.

In Singapore, the ICCS is in its 13th year, and annually involves some 2,000 volunteers who collect, categorise and dispose of several tonnes of marine debris from beaches and mangroves around Singapore. Between 2001-3, some 10 tonnes of trash have been removed from just Kranji mangroves alone!

And plastic is the main component.

On World Environment Day on 5th June this year, United Nations Environment Programme's Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said "Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year. Plastic remains in the ecosystem to kill again and again."

Every year, this exercise is coordinated by a small team of energetic individuals, and we are looking to recruit others who will enjoy coordinating the cleanup, working with students and contributing to the protection of marine life in Singapore.

We need Zone Captains, Assistants/understudies to the Data and Web Managers, Manpower and Admin Officers, Site Buddies and Mangrove coordinators. Please see details at this webpage.

See also "Battling the curse of marine litter".

Posted at 3:03PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Fri 02 Jul 2004

West Coast Park erosion

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Worry over West Coast erosion. By Tan May Ping, The New Paper, 30 Jun 2004. [pdf]

"Reclaimed land in West Coast Park is slowly being reclaimed again - by the sea. Soil erosion has left the shoreline in a sorry state. In the past two years, it has receded by at least 3m in some parts. Park visitors and boatmen who work there are upset about this."

"But Mr Teh Tiong Sa*, a geomorphologist (someone who studies the evolution and configuration of landforms) said it's only natural that erosion occurs, especially in areas that have been reclaimed and are not protected from the waves. He said the erosion is just as bad in parts of East Coast and Pasir Ris parks."

''It's a natural process. It becomes a problem only when people do not anticipate the erosion by leaving a buffer zone.

'Without the zone, infrastructure like walking tracks and barbecue pits built too near the coastline can be destroyed,' said Mr Teh, 59, a lecturer at the National Institute of Education.'"

Read the complete article at The New Paper.

*It was my good fortune that I was able to work with Teh Tiong Sa in end-2001 during the Chek Jawa and Ubin assessment report submissions to the Ministry of National Development. He was introduced to me by Joseph Lai and it turned out we shared old friends from the University of Malaya. He provided the sorely-needed physical geography component to the submission and also vetted geography-based articles for Chua Ee Kiam's book on Chek Jawa.

Posted at 12:49PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news