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Tue 13 Mar 2007

Thu 15 Mar 2007: 12pm - "Discover Wild China"

Category : talks

Discover Wild China with Xi Zhinong, China's top wildlife photographer and environmentalist, He shares the plight of China's disappearing wilderness and wildlife, as how he uses images to promote the conservation of threatened wildlife and habitats.

Thursday, 15th March 2007: 12pm - 1pm
at the Auditorium, Singapore Zoological Gardens.

*The presentation will be in English.

Thanks to Biswajit Guha, Singapore Zoo.

Posted at 11:45AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 13 Mar 2007

Category : events

"Chained to Our Roots" by Teresa Teo Guttensohn, is an art protest event with mass chaining to tree web chain to present an appeal LTA to re-route the proposed Cross Island MRT Line (CRL) which would otherwise damage some of our oldest forests in Singapore. The picnic and event will take place on Sat 22 Jun 2013: 3.00pm @ Hong Lim Park and is open to all Singaporeans and PRs only.

In January this year, LTA announced proposed new MRT lines to be built by 2030. To our considerable shock, scrutiny of the proposed 50km Cross Island Line (CRL) revealed it would cut through the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. No mention was provided of the potential problems of sedimentation, hydrological variation, edge effect and fragmentation.

The announcement was a complete surprise to all of us, and gave no indication to Singaporeans of the value of the protected nature reserve it was cutting through. It would seem we need to look no further than our nature reserves, to contend with forest loss.

Since then, LTA has initiated a conversation with naturalists in Singapore. But while the CRL remains a proposal to cut through the central catchment, individuals and groups realise realise they have to stand up to address this proposal to promote the realisation of the cost of this action.

Teresa Teo Guttensohn is an eco-artist from Singapore who has decided a letter will be an inadequate gesture to communicate the seriousness of this appeal. So she has organised an eco-picnic to be held at Hong Lim Park this Saturday 22 June 2013. Everyone is invited to attend and picnic with like-minded friends, and witness the eco-art performance at 3.30pm.

Teresa wil be tied to a tree for 24 hours.

Note that only Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are allowed to attend the event.

Teresa Teo Guttensohn is also organising a petition to support her statement to LTA, which you can sign at the event:

"If you can't join us on Saturday, and would like to act for our rainforest, please read the link below and sign our online petition to LTA. Together, we can make a difference! Please act now."

Posted at 10:57AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Tue 13 Mar 2007

"Remember Chek Jawa" to be unveiled at Wildlife Asia 07

Category : marine

13 Mar 2007 - "Remember Chek Jawa," a film by Eric Lim (45min) will be screened at Wildlife Asia 07 at Suntec Rm 302 under Special Presentations: Children's Mobile Cinema.

In 2001, the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, NUS (RMBR), conducted Public Education Visits to Chek Jawa which was then thought to be doomed to reclamation. Thousands came in an unprecedented show of interest by the Singaporean public.

Feedback subsequently submitted to government by the Raffles Museum included Eric Lim's contribution, a 11-minute video hewn out of footage from the visits which included interviews with the public. I still find that striking to watch, more than five years later - this was perhaps the first time a short film was submitted as feedback for nature conservation! Rarely viewed subsequently, except by groups under guide training, it was only screened once at The Giving Tree @ North East in Dec 2005 - "Unveiled!".

Eric had also shot footage of Joseph Lai's Chek Jawa Transect 2001, interviewed volunteers and villagers, guide workshops and covered other post-deferment activity and even hunted for dugongs at night in the high tide - he has the most comprehensive footage of events surrounding Chek Jawa.

This special feature covers the wider events and was cut for Wildlife Asia 07. He completed the video just last night and sent me the synopsis:

"Chek Jawa, an inter-tidal area comprising six different sub-habitats within one square kilometer on Pulau Ubin, Singapore, was discovered by local conservationists only in January 2001. Since the discovery, the amazingly rich marine biodiversity there drew thousands of visitors, both young and old, to revel in the beauty of Chek Jawa’s shores.

Unfortunately, this magnificent shore had an expiration date. Singapore, with its small area, has always struggled with land scarcity issues. In 1992, the Singapore Government approved development plans to carry out land reclamation along the shoreline of Chek Jawa in order to create 'reserve land' for military training. Scheduled to be executed a decade later, that time had now come.

With land reclamation scheduled just months away, most Singaporeans were resigned to the thought that it was impossible to reverse the Government’s decision. Still, a band of passionate volunteers refused to give up on this precious slice of nature in Singapore’s urban jungle, and believed that something could be done. This film tells the story of how these individuals, who came from all walks of life, followed their hearts and made a difference against the odds."

Posted at 2:54AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news