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Thu 09 Jun 2005

World Oceans Day - ICC director speaks at the United Nations

Category : envt

Today is World Oceans Day, and Seba Sheavly, the director of the International Coastal Cleanup, will be urging for marine debris solutions at the United Nations.

Marine debris is a worldwide problem that damages pristine coral reefs and kills marine wildlife. Events like The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, now in its 20th year, have helped to spread awareness about this broad yet solvable problem.

Seba Sheavly*, the Director of the International Coastal Cleanup has been invited to speak to the international community at the United Nations Headquarters. She will be speaking and fielding questions today at the UN Headquarters in Manhattan, about the science and solutions marine debris, and the International Coastal Cleanup.

The United Nations' consultation process, now meeting for the sixth time, is intended to deal with a wide variety of international ocean issues. The meetings are under jurisdiction of the Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.

Data about marine debris is gathered by hardworking volunteers from countries around the world, including Singapore, who participate in the Intenational Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Each country submits their national data to the international coordinator, The Ocean Conservancy, for action at the international level.

So on Oceans Day, let me say thanks once again to all the ICC Singapore volunters for their hard work and prompt submission of data!

Happy Oceans Day!

N. Sivasothi
Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

*Seba Sheavly is the Director of the International Coastal Cleanup and The Ocean Conservancy's Office of Pollution Prevention & Monitoring. She has more than a decade of experience in marine debris science, education and research, including 11 years building the International Coastal Cleanup.

From modest beginnings, the International Coastal Cleanup has become an international movement for cleaner shorelines and waterways, involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers from nearly 100 nations.

Thanks to Brian Edwards, the Database Coordinator of The Ocean Conservancy for the update.

Posted at 8:51AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Thu 09 Jun 2005

Contribute online to the review of the Singapore Green Plan 2012

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'The Singapore Green Plan 2012, released in 2002, mapped out the strategic directions for Singapore to preserve, protect and enhance the environment and water resources for the next 10 years. The three-yearly review of this plan helps to ensure that "the plan and related efforts remain robust in the face of emerging environmental challenges."'

Public Feedback is actively sought for the SGP2012 review and you can provide feedback online immediately at this webpage. The invite immediate feedback about:

  • Enhancing Singapore's air quality
  • Conserving, valuing and enjoying our waters
  • Increasing recycling rate and reducing waste
  • Fighting against dengue, keeping our public areas and hawker centres clean
  • Conserving our natural heritage

You can also direct your feedback and views to the SGP2012 Secretariat at:

Email: mewr_sgp@mewr.gov.sg
Fax: (65) 6731 9456
Mail: Attn: SGP2012 Secretariat
Corporate Communications Department
Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources
Environment Building
40 Scotts Road #23-00
Singapore 228231

Public feedback will be redirected to the relevant Focus Group for its consideration. For more information, please call 1800-738 4622.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said: "We hope that through this review, all of us would become more aware of the environmental challenges that we face as a nation, and be more proactive to do our part so that together, we can meet these challenges and ensure that we have a sustainable environment for our future generations."

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Posted at 8:49AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news