Responsible Business Forum on SDGs

Collaborative partnerships, bold actions and business transformation, have never been more critical to the future of sustainable development. Themed Shaping the world in 2030: Partnerships for SDG Action, this year’s Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development (RBF) asserts that concrete steps must be taken today and together, if we are to secure a more sustainable and equitable world by 2030.

Climate Innovations Wanted in Space, Energy, Food & Agriculture

CLIX – the Climate Innovations Exchange, brings together the most aspirational and world-changing ideas under one roof for a single event that will help shape the future of global sustainability. Returning for its second year after a hugely successful inaugural event at World Future Energy Summit 2018, CLIX 2019 is now looking for the applicants who believe that their innovations have what it takes to change the world for the better.

Carbon Tax and Our Climate Actions

The Singapore government has established a carbon tax law to be made effective in 2019. What are the impacts of the upcoming carbon tax on various stakeholders? How may Singaporeans respond to it and take actions to reduce our carbon footprint? The NUS’ MSc Environmental Management (MEM) Alumni Group is organising a seminar titled "Carbon Tax and Our Climate Actions".  Speakers from different sectors will share their perspectives. All are welcome to this free event. 

Singapore’s CleanEnviro Summit Explore Waste-Water-Energy Nexus

Themed 'Transforming Tomorrow's Cities with Clean Environment Solutions', the fourth biennial CleanEnviro Summit Singapore (CESS), organised by the National Environment Agency, Singapore, will be held from 8 to 12 July 2018,

#TogetherForWildlife for Animal Conservation in Southeast Asia

Wish to support conservation efforts around Southeast Asia? Wildlife Reserves Singapore will take your pledge, convert it to money and then channel it to boost animal advocacy and field conservation groups at the local and regional level. Changes on the ground, or better still, progress (we hope) is measured and reported.

ASEAN Focus for Climate Action Forum 2018

Conference to Drive Investment in Clean and Green Growth

SINGAPORE, 26 January 2018. Climate Action Forum 2018 will draw attention to key climate challenges facing ASEAN, the need to implement policies and the sense of urgency required to drive investment in green and clean growth in the region.

“A two-day workshop is being planned in May followed by a conference in July to coincide with Singapore International Water Week,” said Ken Hickson in a phone interview with Gaia Discovery. Hickson is the Chairman of Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA), an organiser of the forum along with another home-grown enterprise, Green in Future

Climate Action Forum highlights the latest on climate science, as well as the climate nexus of water, energy and food security, and the investment opportunities linked to climate change mitigation.

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The event will involve the People, Private and Public (3P) sectors locally and in ASEAN, as well as financial institutions, youth and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).  He added that these events will complement Singapore's Year of Climate Action.

 Professor Jeff Obbard: "Climate change needs urgent action"

Professor Jeff Obbard: "Climate change needs urgent action"

The Chairman of the Organising Committee is Professor Jeff Obbard, an environmental scientist, ecologist and engineer, who previously served as Director for the Sustainable Development and Water Alliance at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Professor Obbard expects the Climate Action Forum to stress the sense of urgency needed to deal with the impacts of climate change which are already making their presence felt in ASEAN and other tropical regions.

"There is a need for greater awareness in ASEAN of what needs to be done to deal with the greater frequency of extreme weather events linked to climate change and how the public and private sectors can work together to build climate resilience in countries, cities and communities".

Climate Action Forum complements the line up of activities in the Singapore’s Year of Climate Action.

For more information on the Climate Action Forum 2018 and to register interest, please go to: www.climateactionforum.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songkran Festival's Water Blessings

Songkran Festival's Water Blessings

Songkran, Thailand from 13 - 19th April 2018 is a nationwide traditional festival to celebrate the Buddhist New Year. A three-day public holiday across Thailand, it sees most businesses close so migrant workers can go back to their hometowns to spend time with their families – and pour water over relatives to clean away the accumulated negative spirits of the last year.

Tasmania’s Bob Brown Foundation stages Tarkine BioBlitz

One of the last true wilderness places on earth - the Tarlkine, Tasmania - will see a festival of science in nature from 23-26 November, open to all who are interested in wild places and their environment.

November 15, Smithton, Tasmania. The Tarkine BioBlitz is a festival of science in nature, to be held in one of the world’s last truly wild places, the Trakine (takayna in local language). The BioBlitz aims to bring a wide variety of interested people together to discover and record as many living things as possible over several days around Smithton.

 The Tarkine, in northwest Tasmania, is one of the most unspoilt temperate wildernesses left in the world. Courtesy of Tarkine.org

The Tarkine, in northwest Tasmania, is one of the most unspoilt temperate wildernesses left in the world. Courtesy of Tarkine.org

Designed to be both practical yet enjoyable, the event aims to help anybody who has an interest in the planet, the environment and nature to explore, learn and contribute to their knowledge of biodiversity. Organised by the Bob Brown Foundation and held over three days from 23-26 November 2017, BioBlitz surveys in the field will be held from Friday morning to Sunday lunch time and will seek to provide fun, educational and meaningful experiences to the community, naturalists and scientists alike.

 Bob Brown founded the Green Movement in Australia, and successfully protected the Franklin River. Courtesy Bob Brown Foundation.

Bob Brown founded the Green Movement in Australia, and successfully protected the Franklin River. Courtesy Bob Brown Foundation.

It will bring together volunteer scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of biodiversity surveys and discovery in a truly remarkable place. The Tarkine is one of the largest tracts of cool temperate rainforest in the world, and the biggest in the whole continent of Australia. It covers some 476,000 hectares of undeveloped, raw, and awe-inspiring wilderness in the northwest of Tasmania and is home to a range of utterly amazing  ancient flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth. Huge mountains, thriving groves of thousand year old trees and Jurassic Park-like rainforests as well as austere, forbidding coastlines make it a privilege to visit the Tarkine.

This year’s BioBlitz will conduct field surveys at sites across a variety of Tarkine ecosystems. The main goals of the event are to survey the biological diversity of the area and share knowledge about the strength and ecology of the region. A central base camp near Smithton on the northwest coast will provide facilities to share discoveries, identify and collate specimens, database records and, of course, rest and relax after time spent in the field. Attendees will travel out to sites each day in mini buses and car-pooling as required and organised by BioBlitz staff. Visitors can join the BioBlitz for all three days or just one day.

The base camp will be at the Riverbend Youth Centre, approximately 6km south of Smithton. Accommodation at the base camp is dormitories with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. There is also room for tents and campervans for camping.

Each day will see groups travel out to explore and discover Tarkine coast, forest and plains locations before  regrouping at Riverbend to collate results, share food, discoveries and the day’s stories. The organisers, the Bob Brown Foundation, see science as a central component to campaign for long lasting and secure protection of the Tarkine, including improving our understanding of the biodiversity of the region.

The event follows the recent proposal of a new walk to start south-west of Burnie on the north Tasmanian coast. The proposed walk will head south through the Tarkine and highlight its eucalyptus forests, button grass moorlands, mountains (especially Mount Bertha and the Norfolk Range) and the rugged north-west coastline before finishing with a cruise along the Pieman River to former logging and prospector town Corinna. The walk is seen as a 10-day experience or as two five-day walks.

Plans for the project were released in June 2017, with the objective of creating a full 100-kilometre walk route. “From a tourism aspect, the proposal sounds fantastic,” said local Tourism Association president Clint Walker. “It’s the type of development, a highly desirable attraction, that north-west Tasmania needs,” he said.