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Climate Change Seminar by MSc Environmental Management Alumni

The MSc Environmental Management alumni from the National University of Singapore is organising its annual public seminar on 7 May 2016. This year, in light of climate change related issues and corresponding changes to international policy and local governance, the seminar is themed: 'Climate Change Negotiation Landscape - The Road from Paris and Beyond'. A highly relevant seminar for all!

The speakers and their topics:

Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai, Senior Advisor on Global Adaptation Policy for WWF International - "International Climate Change Negotiations: COP21 Outcomes and the Way Forward"

Ms Nor Lastrina Hamid, Co-Founder of Singapore Youth for Climate Action - "Paris Agreement: What it means for Singapore and Asia"

Mr Jose Raymond, Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Singapore), Asia Pulp and Paper - "Landscape Management in Indonesia – Why the Future has to be Now?"

All are invited to attend this seminar, ask questions during the panel discussion and to make new friends over lunch thereafter, at no cost.

Venue of the climate change seminar: Shaw Foundation Alumni HouseEvent Details

Date:       Saturday, 7 May 2016

Time:      0900 - 1230 hrs

Venue:   Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore , 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244 

Entrance Fee: Your smile!

Come and hear of the current issues, stumbling blocks, various organisational commitment and policy directions towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. Register here for the seminar. 

There will also be a book exchange at the event, swapping nature and environmental materials. It is a great time to give away your old books, mags, CDs and DVDs.



1. "International Climate Change Negotiations: COP21 Outcomes and the Way Forward" 

Climate change is an unprecedented challenge facing humanity today, both politically and technically. The primary international legal response to climate change is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC),which started in 1992. For more than two decades, climate scientists and politicians have worked toward achieving agreements on the best way to address climate change. At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to UNFCCC in Dec 2015, more than 196 countries adopted the landmark Paris Agreement. This agreement is the result of 9 years of intense negotiations. This presentation will focus on the path of achieving the Paris Agreement, unpacking the agreement and what the way forward is for its implementation. This seminar should be attended by anyone interested in the climate change negotiation landscape leading up to COP21 and what the new agreement means for climate actions. 

Speaker:  Mr Sandeep Chamling Rai is a Senior Advisor on Global Adaptation Policy for WWF International based in Singapore. He leads WWF’s effort on adaptation policy work within the UN Climate Change negotiations process, SDG, IPCC and other international processes. Sandeep is a graduate from the NUS MSc Enviornmental Management programme.  



2. "Paris Agreement: What it means for Singapore and Asia" 

Singapore announced in February 2016 that it would sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in New York. This presentation will examine how Singapore intends to achieve its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing its emissions intensity by 36% by 2030, as well as how business and civil society sectors can get more involved in this effort. The presentation will further examine if the Paris Agreement and Singapore's effort in tackling climate change will be eroded given that Asia as a region is still largely dependent on fossil fuels. 

Speaker: An environmentalist, Ms Nor Lastrina Hamid has attended COP20 in Lima, Peru and COP21 in Paris, France. She co- founded Singapore Youth for Climate Action, a platform for young Singapore residents to join hands in action in response to climate change, as well as #LepakInSG, a one-stop calendar listing environmental events and activities in Singapore. 



3. "Landscape Management in Indonesia – Why the Future has to be Now?" 

Between about June and October 2015, more than 100,000 fires burned down millions of hectares of fragile forest lands in Indonesia. There were human and animal fatalities, and the economic damage was estimated to be more than US$15bn. For more than 20 years these fires have been an annual occurrence, as farmers and agricultural companies clear Indonesia's forests and carbon-rich peatlands to make way for pulpwood, palm oil and rubber plantations, or for smaller scale subsistence farming. Can a landscape management approach to land governance in Indonesia bring about an end to the issue of haze? 

Speaker: Mr Jose Raymond is Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Singapore) at Asia Pulp & Paper. He was formerly the CEO of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) from 2011 to 2015. He was also the Press Secretary to the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources 





About the organiser:

The alumni of MSc (Environmental Management) program (also known as the MEM program) is a vibrant group of professionals who get together to organise a number of activities each year on a voluntary basis. The activities include public educational seminars on social and environmental topics, musical events and overseas trips. The MEM, a multi-displinary post-graduate program, was inaugurated in 2001 by the School of Design and Environment faculty of the National University of Singapore. After more than a decade, this program continues to attract high calibre students from around the world. For more information on MEM, visit the website at http://www.mem.nus.edu.sg. For inquiries or partnerships with MEM alumni, contact the president Albert Sin.



Rainforest World Music Festival 2015 Event Listing

The 18th edition of Sarawak’s Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) takes place on the weekend of 7th to 9th of August 2015 (Friday to Sunday) at Sarawak Cultural Village in Damai, an hour’s drive or so from the heart of Sarawak, Kuching.

Event: Rainforest World Music Festival 2015

Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Damai, Sarawak, West Malaysia

Dates: 7-9 August 2015


About the Festival

Program highlights with daytime Workshops as well as daily performances can be found here. You can buy a one day ticket or a season pass for one or for the family. Check out these travel packages too!

Three sessions of simultaneous workshops will be held daily from 2-5 pm at three different venues within the Sarawak Cultural Village. It is best to read up the program well beforehand to decide what workshops to choose, and to get there early to secure a seat - yes it does get crowded! However, it is also possible to do a "workshop crawl" - drift from one workshop to another while the session is still on. No, it's not considered rude to leave one to go to another, as long as you don't block the cameras pointed at the stage. Read Gaia Discovery preview of this festival.

Getting There

If you book up early, you can stay close to the festival area, at Damai Beach Resort, Damai Puri Resort & Spa, and Permai Rainforest Resort (10 mins walk). For less pricey options, city hotels are a good idea. There will be shuttle buses to take you to the festival grounds. This link tells you the pick up points and time to Rainforest World Music Festival 2015. Don't be late for the shuttle that is essentially a 45-minute busride! Otherwise hail a cab, and be prepared to pay big bucks.



Modern jet aircraft connect Sarawak with the outside world and connect the main centres within the State while smaller turbo-prop planes make once remote settlements easily accessible for the visitor. Kuching International Airport has direct flights to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bandar Seri Begawan and to Hong Kong via Kota Kinabalu.

There are also direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Miri and Sibu, from Johor Bahru to Kuching, and from Kota Kinabalu and Labuan to Kuching and Bintulu.


Bus, Indonesia - There are two daily bus services between Kuching and Pontianak. Journey time is roughly 10 hours.

Bus, Brunei - There are five daily bus services between Miri and Kuala Belait (2 hours), with onward connections to Bandar Sri Begawan, plus a direct mini-bus service between Miri and Bandar Sri Begawan(4 hours) twice daily.

Self Drive - Visitors may enter Sarawak from Brunei or Indonesia using their own vehicles or rental vehicles, provided they have valid international insurance cover. An international driver's licence is advisable.

Cycling - Bring your own, as there is no bike for hire at the premises.

Camping at the festival grounds - Not allowed, sadly. At least there's beer and wine sold.



Nurturing Nature Seminar 2015

NUS MEM Alumni explore how to Nurture Singapore's Nature

To help celebrate this year's SG50 golden jubilee, the Alumni Association of NUS's Masters in Environmental Management (MEM) course together with the Nature Society Singapore is staging a free program of seminars and walks.

Guided tour to the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is just one of the many perks of registering for the MEM Alumni 2015 seminar.The program titled "Nurturing Nature with Community Involvement" aims to highlight how Singapore has fostered and developed conservation across its communities.

The seminar will be held at the NUS Auditorium, Shaw Foundation Alumni House, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, S119244 on 16 May at 9 am (registration begins at 8.30 am).

Three field walks will be held at various locations from Saturday 23 May, on a weekly basis.

For more details or to register, go to : http://tinyurl.com/Nurturing-Nature


Inspiring Stories from Destinations 2014 Competition Opens

Singapore, 12 August 2014. This year, Wild Asia together with Gaia Discovery is on a lookout for inspiring travel stories from within the industry. We are inviting exceptional tourism businesses and projects from across Asia to submit their inspiring story.

Have you empowered local people? Saved a rare wildlife species? Protected an area’s cultural heritage? Innovated ways to run a tourism business that is kinder to the environment? Have you through the power of tourism used it as a force for good? We want to hear your story. 

What’s in it for you?

· Top 3 Winners will receive complimentary tickets to ITB Asia Responsible Tourism Events and will be given 15 minutes each to share their story on the Responsible Tourism stage to an audience of like-minded tourism professionals and potential customers

· Top 3 Winners will have their story published on the Wild Asia’s website and Gaia Discovery’s website.

· Top 3 Winners will benefit from the reach of both Wild Asia and Gaia Discovery’s social media networks.


How to enter

Submit your stories in any of the following form: 

 · In words; no more than 1,000 words

 · Video; no more than 5 minutes

 · Slideshow; no more than 15 slides

Email your entries to rt@wildasia.org by 14th September 2014 (Sunday).

Please title your email “RT Stories for RT Event at ITB Asia 2014″ and include your Name, Email, Organization and Destination in your email.

Successful applicants will be notified via email by 30th September, 2014. Winners will be invited to speak at ITB Asia (Terms on Wild Asia website).

Inspiring Stories from Destinations is part of the annual Responsible Tourism networking events that started in 2009. Organised by WildAsia and supported by ITB Asia, this annual event hopes to bring together sustainable tourism practitioners to share, engage, learn and be inspired to make a difference. In 2014, it is jointly organised by Gaia Discovery. Judges of Inspiring Storides from Destinations 2014 include Gaia Discovery founder Mallika Naguran and award winning contributor Henrylito D.Tacio.


Green UrbanScape Asia 2013

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a 2013 United Nations report*. Our cities are expected to continue to swell to accommodate increasing numbers of people. Without intervention, the implications of urbanisation are likely to exacerbate climate change– with the significant loss of forests and agricultural land, and increased energy usage. ‘Green City’ initiatives have been heralded as the answer.

The first-ever GreenUrbanScape Asia 2013,which will take place from 7 to 9 November, at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, will centre on the urban greenery industry behind green city aspirations. Held alongside the International Skyrise Greenery Conference the conference and exhibition will showcase industry luminaries behind some of the world’s exciting urban greenery projects, as well as the latest in urban greenery solutions. Industry leaders will use the event to discuss landscape and environmental design, implementation, policy and planning, among others, for the region and globally.


Date                 :     7-9 November 2013

Venue              :     Garnet, Level 2, MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, 1 Expo Drive

                              Singapore EXPOConvention and Exhibition Centre

Website: http://greenurbanscapeasia.com 

The acclaimed architects and landscape professionals speaking at the event include:

·                Kathryn Gustafson from the USA, best known for her award-winning projects in Europe and the States, including the Princess Diana Memorial at Kensington Palace Gardens

·                Italy’s Stefano Boeri, renowned for Milan’s ‘Bosco Verticale’, heralded as the world’s first vertical forest

·                Singapore’s Dr Liu Thai Ker, a member of several government bodies in Singapore and best known for spearheading major revisions to the Singapore Concept Plan and key directions for heritage conservation

·                WOHA’s founder, Wong Mun Summ, award-winning architect responsible for projects such as Park Royal at Pickering, Singapore School of the Arts, iluma and the highly anticipated Oasia Downtown developments.


Sustainability Indicators - When are they effective?


Dr Sabrina Krank

Sustainability Indicators - When are they effective?


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

1.30PM at CSAC Seminar Room

School of Design & Environment

NUS SDE1 #04-24

4 Architecture Drive

Singapore 117566

Map: see Google Maps link here


Free admissions



Asia Dive Conference 2013 (ADCON)

Asia Dive Conference (ADCON) 2013, is the first conference in Malaysia to bring together Professionals in the dive industry and staged at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from 4 to 5 December 2013.

Focused on “Technical Diving and Photography”, the conference promises to deliver 2 unforgettable days of very best in diving information, lectures, diver education, product workshop conducted by speakers and professionals from all corners of the world sharing their expertise and discoveries who are keen to advance their knowledge and stay abreast of those developing trends, technologies and techniques.

Some 500 delegates are expected during the 2 days event. Professionals in the industry attending the conference will sure benefit from its array of knowledge and expertise. Subjects will span from deep wreck-and-cave explorations, underwater photography and filmmaking, hyperbaric medicine, diving safety, diving technology developments to name a few.

It is an event for all divers to dive into possibilities to obtained  unparrelled  education, knowledge, expertise and networking opportunities that the conference will offer.

For the full media release click here



Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium: Population White Paper & The Environment

The Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013 is organised by undergraduates from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the National University of Singapore. Its inaugural launch will host distinguished speakers and practitioners tackling critical issues of sustainability raised by the Population White Paper and its companion land-use plan. 

The programme will feature panels covering issues relevant to the natural and urban environment. Speakers include Dr Shawn Lum (Nature Society Singapore), Mr Louis Ng (ACRES), Dr Lena Chan (NParks), Dr Paul Anantharajah (NUHS), Mr Christopher Gee (Institute of Policy Studies), Dr. Tay Kheng Soon (Akitek Tenggara), A/P Chong Keng Hua (SUTD) and Mr Devadas Krishnadas (Future-Moves). 

Aside from the panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions, participants are encouraged to share their vision for Singapore at our interactive wall display at the symposium venue.

Name of Event: Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013

Theme: The Population White Paper and the Environment

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2013

Time: 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Venue: Auditorium 2, Stephen Riady Center in University Town, University Town, NUS, 2 College Avenue West, Level 2 Singapore 138607

Programme updates can be found at: sfss2013.wordpress.com.

Our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sfss2013

Interested to attend? Kindly register here: http://sfss2013.eventbrite.sg


Visit Malaysia International Dive Expo 2013

Malaysia's only diving expo, seminar and fun-filled activities, all in one, is back again. MIDE 2013 is coming to you this Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL with more activities and great prizes to be won. For dive enthusiasts, this is your chance to get everything under the sun (and the sea) on dive products and services plus special discounts offered by our exhibitors only at MIDE!

Compare or buy all that essential diving equipment, plan and book dive trips, or just go and meet-up with the many scuba dive enthusiasts and share your experiences with them.

This year, we have a line-up of speakers who are lens experts such as Yoshi Hirata, Aaron Wong, Imran Ahmad, Michael Aw, Jason Isley, William Tan and Mathieu Meur plus conservationists such as Rohan Perkins, environmental officer with Scuba Junkie, and Louisa S. Ponnampalam, chairperson & co-founder Marecet.

Try your hand in canvass painting guided along by Anuar, Orkibal and Jefferson by Canvas of Nature. Witness live demo on art sculturing with Zila Zain. There's also a kiddy colouring contest, so what are you waiting for? A great way to teach your children about nature while having fun.

Event Location: Hall 3, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times:

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July  - 10:00am-7:00pm

Admission: - Adult - RM3.00. Children and teens under 17 Years Old - free admission.

You could also win fabulous diving products and packages just by purchasing any dive products here as well! So keep a lookout for updates coming soon!

Download the full program here

You can also find more information on www.mide.com.my

Ladies! Join Dive Divas Fanclub for exclusive talks and treats for women. Talks include can one dive during fasting month, how can one dive during menstrual cycle, and more.




Pangolin Conservation Seminar by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) invites all to a public seminar on the conservation of pangolins. Look forward to specialists from this field addressing topics on the illegal pangolin trade and conservation efforts to save the pangolin.

Date: Friday, 28 June 2013

Time: 1.30pm - 4pm

Venue: Forest Lodge, Singapore Zoo

Topics and speakers:

  1. “Trade in wildlife for meat and medicines pushing Southeast Asian species towards extinction,” by Chris R. Shepherd, Deputy Regional Director, TRAFFIC
  2. “The IUCN SSC and new technology for addressing illegal wildlife trade,” by Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director, Zoological Society of London
  3. “The pangolin trade in Asia,” by Dan Challender, PhD student at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK
  4. “Pangolins of Singapore: In situ and ex situ conservation efforts,” by Razak Jaffar, Assistant Curator of Night Safari

Admission is Free.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Limited spaces only so please RSVP to Yap Xinli at xinli.yap@wrs.com.sg.