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Mon 17 Jan 2005

MEWR Milieu Jan 2005

Category : envt

The December 2004 / January 2005 issue of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources' Milieu magazine has just been released. A soft copy can be downloaded here. Amongst the articles is a feature on ICCS stalwart, Waterways Watch Society.

Posted at 11:35AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 17 Jan 2005

Singapore's Tsunami disaster relief webpage: NVPC

Category : news

After the initial rush to send immediate assistance in the first two weeks, volunteer efforts are now even better organised and there are even more opportunities to go on site and help out. Many organisations are also shifting towards long-term assistance, rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts.

The National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre is the national focus for this information exchange. Please refer to the NVPC webpage. You can also call them at: 6416-6655 (24-hr Hotline) or 6325-0965 (Monday to Fri, 9am - 6pm). You can also email enquiries, or contribute new information and updates to them at info@nvpc.org.sg.

The Habitatnews Tsunami Relief webpage that was setup from 27 Dec 2004 will now point to the NVPC page instead. Thanks to all the volunteers who responded very quickly, donating cash and supplies, sorted, packed and loaded supplies at collection sites, organised collections, ventured out to the region to help, and sent back reports to keep the webpage well updated, even to the hour. And to the bloggers and webpages that helped alert poeple to this information.

Posted at 7:15AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Mon 17 Jan 2005

Tsunami and the environment

Category : envt

The Global Environment Centre is compiling information on the linkage between mangroves and the tsunami. See: S. Asia & S.E. Asia Tsunami: Environmental Impacts of the Asia Tsunami.

Ria Tan has also been compiling information and new reports at Wild Singapore.

The main news that has emerged are how coral reefs and mangroves provided some protection, the main factors that contributed to mangrove and coral reef loss in these areas, new calls for their protection, animal instincts that reduced their deaths, cleanup efforts, IUCN statements etc.

If you have information to contribute, please email hello@wildsingapore.com.

Posted at 6:50AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news