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Singapore International Energy Week 2013

 The Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is the foremost gathering of leading conferences, exhibitions and workshops held in Singapore and a platform for policymakers, business leaders and academics to exchange  ideas, strategies and best practices that shape global industry energy agendas. Now in its sixth year, SIEW 2013 is a much-anticipated event in Asia's energy calendar. 

Event: Singapore International Energy Week 2013
Date: 28 October - 1 November 2013
Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

SIEW is organised by the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA), a statutory board under the aegis of the Ministry of Trade & Industry.
How to register:
Please indicate your interest in the Singapore International Energy Week at ema_siew@ema.gov.sg




EMART Asia 2012 to Showcase LNG Trading Model

Asian based utilities seek to switch to LNG as primary feedstock

The LNG sector is beginning to shift towards an oil trading model with potentially new sources of liquidity, more speculation and increased price volatility. EMART Asia, held during Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) from 23-24th of October, will showcase how this new LNG trading model and increased energy trading regulation will impact business opportunities and risks.

“The LNG sector is seeking greater visibility regarding future prices as Asian based utilities seek to switch to LNG as the primary feedstock against coal”, says Marcus Magee, General Manager of EMART Asia.

 “This year we focus on two key areas that impact energy traders in Asia, and Singapore in particular”, adds Magee: “The new LNG Trading Model - the increase in short term trades and its flow on effects regarding LNG contracts, utilities and the wider fuel mix, and the increased regulation of OTC trading - more transparent electronic platforms, increased liquidity and increased financialisation of energy markets.”

Speakers Include:

* Yunji Xu, LNG Origination, Portfolio Trading, Shell Eastern Trading LNG

* Rajnish Goswami, Head of Gas & Power Consulting for Asia-Pacific & Middle East, Wood Mackenzie

* Jim Nicholson, Vice President, Argus Asia

* Alan Heng, Director and CEO, Gas Supplies

* Alan Bannister, Asia Director Energy, CME Group

* Dr Hooman Peimani, Head of the Energy Security Division at the Energy Studies Institute, National University of Singapore

* Travis Nadelhoffer, Director Energy Products, Morningstar

* Jennifer Ilkiw, Vice President, Asia Pacific, IntercontinentalExchange

* Praveen Kumar, Senior Consultant, Head of South Asia Oil and Gas Team, FACTS Global Energy

* Simon Ellis, LNG Analyst & Editor of Global LNG Markets, ICIS Heren


Topics at EMART Asia:

* Spot market development and price benchmarking

* Regulatory developments in ensuring healthy competition in energy trading

* Impact of derivatives trading on the physical market

* Risk management in the volatile energy market

* More market case studies across Asia

EMART Asia is a regional conference that focuses exclusively on LNG procurement - from spot trading and hedging to long term contracts and the development of a Asian based LNG trading infrastructure including its own price indexes, trading hubs, storage infrastructure and related derivative products. The event profiles the activities of LNG traders in Asia, and particularly in Singapore, as the LNG industry develops a new procurement model reflective of new supply and demand fundamentals. Although still far from being a commodity, LNG is undoubtedly emerging as an essential vector for world gas expansion. Attend EMART Asia to get the facts on how to improve your LNG trades and to better understand the role for intermediaries in this important and rapidly expanding industry.

EMART Asia is part of the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW).


Event dates and location -

Conference: 23-24 October 2012

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Event website: www.emart-asia.com




Langkawi One Earth Music Festival 2012

In its second year, this two-day eco-themed festival will feature well-known Southeast Asian musicians performing jazz, blues and a mix of other genres. The One Earth Music Festival 2012 is held on the picturesque beachfront of the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, which Gaia Discovery reviewed and reckons is a model of an eco resort in many ways. Read Gaia Discovery review of Frangipani Langkawi Resort.

Leading Malaysian jazz pianist Michael Veerapen will feature together with several other rising Malaysian stars including Reza Salleh, Liyana Fizi, Poova and Amir Yussof (Sabah) as well as Saxman Koh (Thailand), the Langkawi-assembled Panjir Warisan and the Langkawi Love Band. And more to come.

Event: One Earth Music Festival 2012

Date: Friday 2 November 2012 - Saturday 3 November 2013

Time: 6 pm til late

Venue: Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, Langkawi Island, West Malaysia

Environmental Message and Activities

The festival aims to promote Langkawi internationally as an eco-friendly holiday destination and to encourage the local community to keep the island clean and green. The festival’s theme this year is the Rivers Project which is a programme to keep Langkawi’s rivers clean. Activities focussed on protecting the environment will be organised throughout the day.

Following the concert, DJs will set the temperature up a notch higher on the beach after 11pm.

For more details on ticket prices and specially priced accommodation packages log onto: www.langkawi-live.com




Singapore International Energy Week 2012

The Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) is the foremost gathering of leading conferences, exhibitions and workshops held in Singapore in one week, in one location. Now in its fifth year, SIEW has established itself as a must-attend event on Asia's energy calendar. SIEW provides a platform for policymakers, business leaders and academics to exchange ideas, strategies and best practices that shape global industry energy agendas. 

The Singapore Energy Lecture and Singapore Energy Summit kickstart the Week by providing a forum for key players to discuss high-level energy issues. SIEW also features best-in-class conferences and exhibitions such as Asia Future Energy Forum Asia Smart Grid, Downstream Asia, EMART Asia, Gas Asia Summit and the PV Asia Pacific Expo. Collectively, they represent the energy value chain, from fossil fuels to renewables and from production to trading.

Event: Singapore International Energy Week 2012

Date: 22-25 October 2012

Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Centre,Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


How to register:

Please sign up at <http://www.siew.sg/


Event details:

SIEW is organised by the Singapore Energy Market Authority (EMA), a statutory board under the aegis of the Ministry of Trade & Industry.




Ecotourism Leaders to Gather in Cairns 

Ecotourism Australia’s Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference has attracted some of the world's leading players in ecotourism.

Over three days, 60 speakers will come together with representatives from across the tourism industry to discuss the key challenges and opportunities for ecotourism now and beyond to 2020.

The program features a line-up of speakers from organisations including G Adventures, Virgin Australia, World Expeditions, Tourism Australia, the Department of Conservation New Zealand, Shangri-La Hotel International Management, The Federal Group and senior representatives of tourism departments in China, Japan, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Korea, Taiwan and Nepal.

Global Eco will be held 15-17 October 2012 at the Pullman Reef Hotel in Cairns, Queensland.

Register to attend and view the program at www.globaleco.com.au



Eco Flores Congress 26-29 September 2012

An inaugural event organised by The Eco Flores Coordinating Network


What is The Eco Flores Congress?

The first ever Eco Flores Congress is a result of the work by The Eco Flores Network, an organisation dedicated to promoting and connecting those interested in the long-term sustainability of the island of Flores.

The Congress is a four-day event open to Flores' local NGO’s, residents, businesses and organisations, and internationally by invitation only. The Congress will provide a forum to mobilize green efforts on Flores by facilitating sharing of information, cooperation, and transparency about sustainability efforts.

The Congress Objective

“To share knowledge and experience in support of the sustainable development of Flores. This covers the health of the local environment, the well-being of its population and their interrelation.”  

The Congress Goals

  • Define sustainability issues on Flores at present and in the foreseeable future
  • Identify which expertise is present on Flores and whether such expertise can be used in other locations on Flores
  • Clarify what expertise is needed from outside if not present on Flores
  • Define the future role of the Eco Flores Network 

Who is involved?

Participants from Flores and around the world numbering around 180 will convene working groups to draft action plans in their particular fields of sustainability. Many Practitioners will meet for the first time to share their vision for a Sustainable Flores.

The Event is being sponsored by New Zealand Aide Program and WWF with the added materials and travel support of KLM, Walls Paddle Pop/ Unilever. Various international NGO’s - Swisscontact, VECO, Sustainability Partners and Caritas Asian Regional Office - are supporting the event with their local partners attending the Congress.

The Schedule

We currently have a tentative Schedule of Events which you can see on our website. 

You can follow the developments as they happen at Gaia Discovery , our media partner.


The Venue

Pelangi Hotel and Stella Maris Aula in Labuan Bajo


How Can I Learn More?

To find out more about the challenges faced in Flores take a look at the Eco Flores website

Learn more about local projects, initiatives and news by following Eco Flores on Facebook and on Twitter @ecofloresorg

Keep up to date with happenings at the Congress at Gaia Discovery.

Send enquiries to Zoe at Eco Flores zpastorfieldli@gmail.com

Watch a video on Bajo Komodo Eco Lodge's sustainability initiatives.

Watch the highlights from the Eco Flores Congress here




Biorock Workshop 2012: Coral Reef Restoration for All

Gaia Discovery recommends this week-long hands-on session conducted by Dr Thomas J Goreau of Global Coral Reef Alliance. The Biorock Workshop is important as through lectures and interactive platforms it explains the state of the oceans and marine life and how to deal with degraded marine environments, essentially by taking a pro-active stance of re-creating underwater habitats. Yes, you can help to improve the oceans!

A unique experience - the Biorock training - awaits all dive enthusiasts, marine scientists and students, environmentalists, dive resort operators, resort managers, sustainability managers, mayors, governors and policy makers who are concerned with the state of their coasts due to any of the following occurences: shore erosion, damaging wave action, depleted marine life, reduced or destroyed coral reefs, water pollution, declining marine tourism, and more.

To participate in underwater coral reef program in particular, a scuba dive certification is needed. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to apply the principles involved in building Biorock coral reefs.

Event: 8th Indonesian Biorock Workshop 2012

Dates: 12 - 18 November 2012

Venue: Gili Trawangan (off Lombok), Indonesia

Course Fees: Starts from US$200 (see full Biorock workshop fee structure here)

Organisers: Gili Eco Trust, Global Coral Reef Alliance

Media Partner: Gaia Discovery 

Booking Enquiries: Write to Gaia Discovery for reader privileges, or register direct

Official Website:  8th Indonesian Biorock Workshop 

Sponsor enquiries welcome.

Reference and related articles:

About the Biorock process

Biorock programme by Pemuteran Bay Coral Protection Foundation (Indonesia) receives recognition from UNDP at Rio +20 conference in June 2012.

Gaia Discovery review: Biorock helps coral reefs grow

The Guardian review: Biorock giving new life to coral reefs


Energy Security and Geopolitics in the Arctic: A Conference by Energy Studies Institute, Singapore


A free two-day conference organised by the Energy Studies Institute (ESI) of Singapore.


The melting of the Arctic ice cap is presenting a number of environmental, economic, geopolitical and energy-related challenges and opportunities both for its littoral states as well as the broader international community. First, the possibility of substantially rising sea levels stemming from the Arctic region’s warming is of great concern at the regional and the global levels. Second, if the ice continues to recede, the Arctic region’s immense resource potential (energy and otherwise), as well as the likely feasibility of new seasonal inter-continental maritime routes for trade, will be of obvious significance for state players, especially those in Europe, Asia and the Americas engaged in international trade. These two broad clusters of concerns have already contributed to disputes at least between some of the concerned states. More importantly, they are likely to continue to fuel tensions and conflicts over a wide array of interests between and among states and/or regional groupings.

To better understand the legal, political, energy, military/security and environmental stakes for the Arctic’s littoral states as well as the non-littoral states, the ESI is bringing together a group of experts with different experiences pertaining to the Arctic region. They include experts from the Arctic littoral states (Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA), the Greater Arctic region (Sweden, Finland and Iceland) and the major states and a regional grouping with an interest and a capability to engage in the Arctic (Australia, Japan, South Korea and European Union). Both general and country-specific issues of significance to the Arctic region will be covered at the conference.


Date:    Monday & Tuesday, 9 to 10 January 2012 

Time:   9:00am to 5:00pm 

Venue: Traders Hotel
              Temasek Room
              1A Cuscaden Road
              Singapore 249716

Dr. Arild Moe
Deputy Director/ Senior Research Fellow
Fridtjof Nansen Institute


Dr. Damien Degeorges
Paris Descartes University


Dr. Danila Bochkarev
Global Security, East-West Institute


Dr. Euan Somerled Graham
Senior Fellow
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University


Professor Hiroshi Ohta
Faculty of International Research and Education,
Waseda University


Dr. Hooman Peimani
Principal Fellow & Head of Energy Security Division
Energy Studies Institute
National University of Singapore


Dr. Lassi Heininen
University of Lapland, Finland
Northern Research Forum


Dr. Lawson W. Brigham
Distinguished Professor of Geography & Arctic Policy,
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)


Professor Makeev Viacheslav Mikhailovich
The State Polar Academy


Dr. Nadezhda Klimovna Kharlampyeva
Senior Lecturer
Saint-Petersburg State University, School of International Relations, Department of World Politics


Commander Neil Gadihoke
Research Fellow

National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi/India

Dr. Robin Warner
Associate Professor
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security
University of Wollongong

Dr. Shawn Marshall
Principal Investigator,
Glacial Research
Cryosphere Climate Research Group, University of Calgary

Dr.Valur Ingimundarson
Professor of Contemporary History
Chair, Historical Institute and
EDDA - Center of Excellence
Faculty of History and Philosophy
School of Humanities
University of Iceland

Dr. Youngil Cho
Senior Researcher, Global & Future Research Division
Korea Maritime Institute

Dr Chen Gang
Research Fellow
East Asia Institute
National University of Singapore


Please download program schedule at ESI website. Interested in attending? Please register your name, organisation and email address  here .  For enquiries, please contact Ms. Jan Lui at +65-65162000.


Bukit Walk for Sustainable Future, Bali

A Four-day Walk in Support of Children, Women's Education and the Environment

The first 'The Bukit Walk for a Sustainable Future' aims to raise awareness and generate funds for underprivileged children in Indonesia, women's literacy and vocational skills training and environmental restoration projects in South Bali.

22-25 September 2011

Organisers: ROLE Foundation in partnership with SoleMen Indonesia

Route (see below)

'The Bukit Walk for a Sustainable Future' invites local business, hotels and individuals living in the Bukit to get involved and support these causes. They can make cash donations, purchase tickets for a raffle prize draw, sponsor the event or make a personal pledge to help the planet and reduce their environmental impact.
Rotarian SoleMen UK's Robert Epstone and French Daniel Chieppa with his Balinese wife 'Lady Soles' Yatna, and Swiss SoleMan Beat Schmid de Gruneck will walk barefoot a circuit that will take them around the whole Bukit peninsular.
Together with ROLE Foundation, the organizers of 'The Bukit Walk for a Sustainable Future', they will meet with local business and hotels along the route to collect cash donations and pledges.Bukit Walk 2011 Route
They will also meet with Bali Life Foundation an orphanage in the Bukit and Eco Surf Rescue Uluwatu a non-profit waste management project installing trash collection and sewerage.
During the walk ROLE Foundation hopes to attract new students. ROLE is inviting unskilled women from the Bukit area to sign-up to its free education program with courses in literacy and vocational skills training.

The walk starts from ROLE's Town Leaning Center in Jalan Siligita Nusa Dua on Thursday 22 September.
It will pass through Ungasan, Pecatu, Uluwatu, Padang Padang, Dreamland and Jimbaran, and the final leg passing through Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua to Sawangan.

The walk ends at ROLE's Eco-Learning Park, Sawangan with a celebratory 'Children's Funday' event at the park on Sunday 25 September.

Parties interested in making cash donations, sponsorship or getting involved with this year's event can contact ROLE Foundation by email: info@rolefoundation.org or telephone: 0361 8078805 / 081 338 157924


WCSC: World Class Sustainable Cities 2011 - Kuala Lumpur

The third series of World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) conference is themed “Transforming Cities: From Vision to Implementation”. Global challenges and the ensuing economic competitiveness, as well as issues of climate change, has forced cities to re-think their growth strategies. City Transformation has been a successful growth strategy in many cities in order to not just provide settlements to live, work and play, but also the twin challenge of mitigating climate change.

This conference has been designed to showcase some of the best and successful practices and experiences from world class cities, as well as to inform participants of the efforts made within our own nation. 
It will be a constructive platform to enlighten, educate and increase our knowledge of city stakeholders, industry players, government agencies and the general public on the key challenges to transform our cities into sustainable human settlements that meets the needs of the present and enhancing that of the future.  It will be a strategic platform for networking amongst professionals, city managers and citizen groups to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges.

Event: 3rd International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2011 or WCSC 2011

Date: 20 September 2011

Venue: Sime Darby Convention Center

City: Kuala Lumpur

Country: West Malaysia





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