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Prof Lye Lin-Heng: Why Attend the Sustainable Development Goals Conference 2016 in Singapore?

In an exclusive interview with Gaia Discovery, Assoc. Prof Lye Lin-Heng, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) and chairperson of the organising committee highlights the significance of the first-of-its-kind conference on "Attaining the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Environmental Law, Policy and Management" in Singapore. By Mallika Naguran. 




Robi Navicula: GINKalimantan Helps Kids Become Change Makers

Robi Navicula is one of GINBali’s founders and a leading voice in the growing Balinese youth empowerment and human rights movement. The lead singer of grunge rock band Navicula, Robi champions environmental and human rights causes in Indonesia. He asks for support in getting kids over to a unique conference in Kalimantan! By Kayti Denham. 


Kids Cut Palm Oil And So Can You

Meet a group of young students who are doing what they can to help you reduce palm oil in your life to protect forests and people. Kids Cut Palm Oil are one of the youth groups leading the GINKalimantan Conference. By Kayti Denham.


 Sustainability : or just Sustainababble?

What exactly is sustainablility? Author and scientist Haydn Washington asks if it has become such and overused word as to become meaningless, rather than a key concept of the age.






 Neoliberal Nightmare: Can geography help sustain the world?

The concentration of current political thinking on development and “progress” is not the best way to care for our planet, argues professor Mark Maslin of University College London.



Magic Tours for Authentic Experiences

Tourism can drive positive change – to bring deeper understanding between different cultures, provide economic benefits to local and disadvantaged communities. Deepa Krishnan, Founder of Magic Tours, relates how her business has brought about this new momentum in North India. Winner - Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014 






Village Ways: Improving Rural Livelihoods Through Community-based Tourism

Creating an authentic experience in remote villages has its challenges. Prerna Shah reports on Village Ways’ journey in building a new eco-tourism venture with demonstrable social outcomes.


Sustainable Tourism in India: Policies and Practices

India is a multiple-interest, all-season destination that presents a range of opportunities for Sustainable Tourism to take root, more so in a land where harmonious human-nature relations have been a cornerstone of indigenous customs and folklore. By Prerna Shah

Bird Watching Program at Cameron Highlands

Gaia Discovery invites birders based in Singapore and elsewhere to bask in the cool clime of Cameron Highlands. Out of the 662 species of birds that are found in the Checklist of the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia 2012, 177 bird species have been listed in the checklist for Cameron Highlands. So let's go birding! By Mallika Naguran



Five Things To Discover in Cameron Highlands 

Immerse yourself in the highland’s natural beauty, biodiversity, heritage and culture... and learning something about the forest ecology too. Mallika Naguran explores Cameron Highlands to give you travel tips.



The Gods of Timor-Leste


Timor-Leste is a country still struggling to find its feet after decades of violence at the hands of exploitative foreign powers. Even if the people have lost their faith in government or the powers that be, they have plenty of other support. Jeremy Torr reports.




Trekking in Doi Suthep National Park in Chiang Mai

Tammy Gouldstone takes a walk on the greener side of Northern Thailand with a group called Chiang Mai Hiking Group. She tells Gaia Discovery of her nature-filled experience at the Doi Suthep National Park. 




Plastic Bag Charge Proposed for Singapore in Recommendation Paper

Majority of shoppers do not mind paying up to 10 cents per shopping bag according to a survey conducted to tackle free plastic bag issue in Singapore. Prerna Shah reports.


Why Nature Is Our Greatest Classroom

Do we do justice to nature and to inquiring children in confining education to the classroom? Is it ethical to disrupt ancient forests, wildlife and their habitats with treks and tours for intellectual pursuits? Kayti Denham asks herself some hard questions as she takes her students into the heart of Leuser Ecosystem, Indonesia.



Asia P3 Hub - Water Solutions First

Here's an incubator that you can approach if you would like to work with others to find solutions to social and environmental problems. Get in touch with World Vision International's first Asia Public-Private Partnerships Hub (Asia P3 Hub). By Mallika Naguran


Singapore Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil Formed

Haze, fires, irreparable destruction of forests and peat land… Singapore companies are coming together to deal with social and environmental impacts of palm oil through a new alliance. By Mallika Naguran

Making SDG Singapore's Business  

Singapore is stepping up to the task of fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals with the help of the business fabric.  By Mallika Naguran



Book Review: Cycling Cultures by Peter Cox

Cycling Cultures edited by Peter Cox investigates the role of the Cargo Bicycle, how Immigrant Women Cyclists learn to ride in Holland, and why some cyclists think it sensible to ride 1600km non-stop in 90 hours in a Randonee. By Jeremy Torr.






Marine Life


Coral Bleaching at Sisters' Island Due to Climate Impact

Extensive coral bleaching reported in Singapore's Sisters' Island Marine Park. Among the corals likely to be affected are those that were rescued from island conversion to make way for Singapore's waste disposal, reports Mallika Naguran.



How To Involve Locals in Scuba Dive Operations for Sustainability

Eco-tourism, eco-friendly dive centres, community-based tourism... Simon Pridmore reveals that running a successful dive centre or resort involves far more than just taking people diving.  


The Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay

Swimming with whale sharks is something that only the lucky few will do on a regular basis. Simon Pridmore describes how getting in the way of these gentle giants can result in a bruising encounter too.


Robots Track Whales: Endangered Species Get Help 

Whales are big, tough mammals. But they get stranded on unfamiliar shores, they get hit by ships’ propellers – and even get caught in underwater installations. Anything that can help them is valuable – and a new underwater robot does exactly that. By Jeremy Torr.


Coral Bleaching Likely To Intensify - ICRS Consensus Statement

Rising ocean temperatures - a symptom and result of man-made climate change - are causing corals to lose their colour.  Henrylito D. Tacio reports that some 2600 scientists are calling for immediate global and local action to preserve these fragile ecosystems.





How to Dive Right And Safe - Scuba Fundamental

Here's A New Book for New Scuba Divers. Scuba Fundamental -  Start Diving the Right Way by Simon Pridmore is a must read for new divers around the world, says Mallika Naguran.








Wild Nature Discovery at Cameron Highlands

A nature program for all to join, shares Mallika Naguran. Beyond manicured tea plantations, pretty strawberry farms and columned vegetable farms, Cameron Highlands has wildness within its forests along the mountain ranges. Walk on the wild side with Gaia Discovery!


Scuba Confidential - A Diver's Companion

Author Simon Pridmore has produced a unique new book packed full of valuable tips and expert advice giving you unprecedented access to the secrets of dive professionals and technical divers. Scuba Confidential - An Insider Guide to Becoming a Better Diver is currently available worldwide via Amazon in paperback and e-book versions.


Scuba Professional - A Book for Sport Diver Training & Operations

New book release! Scuba Professional - Insights into Sport Diver Training & Operations by Simon Pridmore is a must read for dive masters and instructors. Available in paperback and for Kindle.







Lie Back and Enjoy the Ride: A Recumbent Honeymoon

Newly-weds from Hungary couldn’t make up their minds how to go on honeymoon without causing pollution. So they decided to ride around the world on recumbent bicycles. By Jeremy Torr


Dive Timor-Leste to Support Woman's Cooperative Ai-Funan

Give to charity and take back a wealth of Timorese culture. That's the motive behind this unique dive trip put together by two social enterprises that aims to give soap makers in Timor-Leste a better chance of earning a livelihood.



Events & Festivals


Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in Singapore 2016

The conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management will focus on four of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Among the illustrious speakers will be famous oceanographer Dr. Sylvia A. Earle. The conference will be held in Singapore from 9-11 November 2016. 


Culture, Nature, Social Enterprise at Rainforest World Music Festival 2016

From recycling to upcycling, Sarawak's headliner Rainforest World Music Festival 2016 showed its commitment to lower environmental impacts while staging higher musical and social impacts on fans. Mallika Naguran reports.




How Sarawak Reforestation Gets a Boost From Musicians

Mallika Naguran joined Rainforest World Music Festival musicians in planting new mangroves at the ecologically-sensitive Kuching Wetland National Park that has a sad history.



Highlights of Rainforest World Music Festival 2016 

From kiddy workshops, traditional crafts, spontaneous music workshops to energetic stage performances by international artistes - here are a few highlights of the one and only Rainforest World Music Festival 2016. By Mallika Naguran



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