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Thu 21 May 2009

Envirofest 2009 and the handing over of The Blue Plan

Category : events

Sat 23 & Sun 24 May 2009 - Envirofest @ Toa Payoh Hub from 11am to 8pm will include the handing over of The Blue Plan, a proposal by civil society for an integrated and balanced conservation of Singapore’s Marine Heritage, to Minister Yaacob, the Guest of Honour at the official opening ceremony on Saturday 23rd May 2009 at 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Envirofest is an annual celebration to share information about Singapore's biodiversity and environment with the public at large. Guiding and activities at the exhibition will be conducted from 11am to 8pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May at the HDB Hub, Toa Payoh (above the MRT). Raffles Museum Toddycats will be down in force over the two days and about 40 of us will turn up for various shifts over the two days.

At 3.00pm on Saturday, 23rd May 2009, Envirofest will be declared open by the Guest of Honour, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), Dr Yaacob Ibrahim. Shortly after, the finalised version of the Blue Plan (which has been circulating for public comment) will be handed over to the Minister for the government's consideration. The Minister is also co-chair of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Sustainable Development (IMCSD).

This will mark the final act of the International Year of the Reef Singapore.



Entry is free and amidst the hustle and bustle of Toa Payoh Hub, friendly guides are on hand to escort and engage visitors to Envirofest around the arena as well at each exhibit. Free tickets and sign-ups for nature events around Singapore will be offered. 

Envirofest is a happy collaboration between groups from the non-governmental community, government agencies, businesses and schools. This is also a good opportunity to learn about and from various biodiversity groups in Singapore who will be manning booths and introducing Singapore fauna and flora to the public with the use of specimens from the Raffles Museum, games and guiding. Throughout the day, you will be able to interact with passionate volunteers manning the various booths. This year the biodiversity guides will pepper a trail of ecosystems from terrestrial to mangrove to marine.

Find out more at: envirofest.wordpress.com.


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