Conference

Better Air Quality Asia Conference 2018

The 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference is being held on 14-16 November in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The BAQ Conference is themed around the core principle of “Regional Action, Global Impact.”

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Asia is being pushed into a pivotal role in this sector, with rapid urbanisation coupled withstrong economic growth and increasing environmental demands, a number of countries – among them Malaysia – are striving to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions countrywide. As the organisers says, it is imperative that the region acts to seek ongoing decarbonisation of both economies and lifestyles.

Accordingly, BAQ 2018 will push for a strong pan-Asian call to action and a coming together in ‘a spirit of unanimity’ to build a ‘cleaner, greener, and healthier Asia.’ The conference will emphasise the pressing nature of the challenges and investigate unity and collaboration in the development of new solutions, designs and approaches that will help chart more sustainable future horizons across government, private and academic disciplines.

Speakers will include experts, policymakers and educators from across the whole of Asia, Europe, Australia and even the United Nations Assembly.

BAQ speakers include Toyota’s Vince Socco. Courtesy Toyota.

BAQ speakers include Toyota’s Vince Socco. Courtesy Toyota.

These include Bert Fabian, who leads the work of UN Environment’s Air Quality and Mobility Unit in Asia-Pacific and coordinates the activities of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. Prior to joining UNEP in March 2013, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia working on various programs, projects, and studies related to transportation, environment, and urban planning in Asia. Also speaking is Vince Socco – EVP at Toyota Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Toyota’s overall business management across Asia including Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and is well versed in the latest developments in electric vehicle introduction across SE Asia.

These include Bert Fabian, who leads the work of UN Environment’s Air Quality and Mobility Unit in Asia-Pacific and coordinates the activities of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative. Prior to joining UNEP in March 2013, he was the Transport Program Manager of Clean Air Asia working on various programs, projects, and studies related to transportation, environment, and urban planning in Asia. Also speaking is Vince Socco – EVP at Toyota Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Toyota’s overall business management across Asia including Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and is well versed in the latest developments in electric vehicle introduction across SE Asia.

The conference expects over 600 delegates form 55 countries to attend, from as far away as Berlin.

Prof. Brimblecombe will give a holistic view on pollution. Courtesy UoEA.

Prof. Brimblecombe will give a holistic view on pollution. Courtesy UoEA.

A panel of almost 250 speakers, moderators and panellists will deliver the latest news and technology research findings on Asian clean air developments over the two days of the conference, looking at ways to influence and bring change in air quality; the top priorities in making cities cleaner, and the opportunities for business as part of the drive to clean up air quality. Indeed, as Prof. He Kebin, Dean of China’s Tsinghua University and one of the key ChangeMakers Forum speakers, noted recently, “… there is a wider recognition of the importance of emissions inventories to air quality management among government authorities beyond environmental protection bureaucrats”.

Other speakers, including Prof. Peter Brimblecombe from the University of East Anglia, U.K, and also City University of Hong Kong, will underline that air quality is not just a measurement and emissions issue, but a much broader threat to quality of life.

He is a vocal proponent of the approach that believes environmental pollution is not merely a matter of environmental chemistry, but that long-term changes in urban air pollution bring effects on health and material damage, the statistical structure of air pollution monitoring data and its implications to policy, the impact of climate change on historic sites and their use, and the environmental chemistry of pharmaceuticals. 

To hear these are a wide range of other experts sharing their views on the unique problems facing Asian airspace, check out the details below.

Event: 10th Better Air Quality (BAQ) Conference

Dates: 14-16 November 2018

Venue: Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference 2018

Ecotourism Australia’s 26th Annual Conference has focus points on the marketing, management and innovation of ecotourism along with the protection of natural and cultural assets such as indigenous sites and the Great Barrier Reef.

Biorock gives coral reefs a chance to bounce back. Thomas Goreau will be explaining how at 2018 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference. Courtesy GCRA

Biorock gives coral reefs a chance to bounce back. Thomas Goreau will be explaining how at 2018 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference. Courtesy GCRA

In 2018, the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference focuses on the evolving role of ecotourism in economic development, good conservation outcomes, and cultural understanding. It takes place from 26 to 28 November 2018 in Townsville, Queensland.

Ecotourism is often described as a ‘niche’ part of the industry, but it represents an estimated 25% of the Australian tourism industry. The Great Barrier Reef alone represents an economic, social and icon asset value of $56 billion. It supports 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4 billion to the Australian economy’ (Deloitte, Access Economics, 2017). Ecotourism is the standard bearer for sustainable tourism and is being embraced by the mainstream industry.

This year, Global Eco Asia-Pacific will bring together the key players that can evolve this critical sector of the tourism industry – the operators, protected area managers, destination developers, applied researchers and destination marketers.

Event: Global Eco Asia-Pacific Conference

Dates: 26-28 November 2018

Venue: Rydges Southbank Convention Centre on Palmer Street, Townsville

Keynote speakers include Hon Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize & Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Belize; Meaghan Scanlon MP, Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development, Queensland Government; Michael Groom, Renowned Adventurer and Mountain Climber; Dr Wendy Craik AM, Chair, Climate Change Authority; and Africa Berdonces, Freelance Naturalist Tour Guide, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Speakers include Katherine Zischka, Director, Australian Committee for IUCN Inc; Lizzie Corke, CEO, Conservation Ecology Centre; Andrew Flannery, Eco-Active Business Leader, Spicers Group And Turner Family Foundation; and Dr. Thomas Goreau, President, Global Coral Reef Alliance & Biorock Technology Inc.

There will also be a full day technical tour to two of Australia’s leading Reef Research and management organisations - the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

Registration is now open for tourism practitioners and stakeholders to this ecotourism conference. Check out the program for further information on the sessions and speakers.

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,

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Engineers Summit 2017: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy

World Engineers Summit 2017: Low Carbon Cities & Urban Energy

Singapore to Convene Luminary Global Energy Leaders to Support Low Carbon Future. World Engineers Summit – Applied Energy Symposium & Forum 2017 aims to drive sharing and co-creation of engineering innovations for sustainable urban development.

Myanmar Infrastructure Summit 2017: Sustainable Growth & Development

The Myanmar Infrastructure Summit 2017 will be held from 29 to 31 March 2017 at Sule Shangri-la, Yangon, Myanmar. Theme: “Accelerating Myanmar’s Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Growth” Register for MIS2017 hereProgram of MIS 2017 here. Organiser: Confexhub.

Supported by the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC), Myanmar Investors Development Association (MIDA), Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association (MCEA), and Myanmar Engineering Society (MES) along with key stakeholders, the Government of Myanmar plans to pursue balanced territorial development with the aim to upgrade its infrastructure capacities to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth as the fundamental of economic development. 

Themed “Accelerating Myanmar’s Infrastructure Development for Sustainable Growth”, MIS2017 is set to provide a platform for potential foreign investors, infrastructure developers, technology providers and infrastructure funders to be updated on the development plans and policies of investing in Myanmar’s urban and rural infrastructure; to assess market opportunities and at the same time build potential business and investment networks with the local policy makers and industry players on the following thematic areas:

  • Integrated Master Planning for Sustainable Rural & Urban Development
  • Adopting Green Building Framework Towards a Livable, Sustainable and Resilient Myanmar
  • Financing Options and Regulatory Framework for Infrastructure Projects in Myanmar
  • Conservation and Reuse of Heritage Buildings and Cultural Sites in Myanmar
  • Healthcare Infrastructure Development Plan
  • Integrated Waterfront Development
  • Accelerating Tourism Infrastructure Development for Economic Growth
  • Urban and Regional Transportation Infrastructures as an Economic Accelerator and Expansion for Myanmar

Alongside the conferences is an International Exhibition featuring key companies in the infrastructure and construction sector covering real estate development, road, bridge, canal, railway, ports, airports, building technology, structural design and project management providers.

Industry Context of MIS 2017

Myanmar’s construction industry is forecast to record rapid growth, at an annual average rate of 10.37%. In real terms, the industry’s value stood at US$8.2 billion in 2015, and is anticipated to value US$13.5 billion in 2020. This growth is supported by the country’s improving economic conditions; mainly depending on government investments in residential, energy and utilities, and public infrastructure projects, as well as a rise in foreign investments. Residential construction is the largest market in Myanmar’s construction industry, accounting for 49.9% of the industry value in 2015. The market rose from US$3.6 billion in 2011 to value US$5.0 billion in 2015, recording a CAGR of 17.89% in nominal terms. The market is forecast to remain the largest, to value US$9.7 billion in 2020. Transportation is the second-largest market, accounting for 19.4% of the industry’s total value in 2015. The market rose from US$1.3 billion in 2011 to US$1.9 billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 20.13%. Accordingly, the government will invest US$26.8 billion under the National Transport Master Plan, allocating funds to road, rail, marine and air transportation projects until 2030. This sector is expected to reach US$4.2 billion in 2020.               

Sarawak Tourism Festivals & Happenings 2016/2017

From nature tourism, cultural tourism to ecotourism highlights, Sarawak of East Malaysia offers travellers a wide choice of delightful vacation ideas.

DECEMBER 2016

Sibu Big Bike Week 2016

Date: December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Venue: Sibu

Organizer: Razz Chopper Motor Club

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/123940507950206/

Kuching City International Darts Championship 2016

Date: December 2, 2016 - December 4, 2016 (6pm onwards)

Venue: Riverside Shopping Mall, Kuching

Organizer: World Darts Federation

Website: http://www.dartswdf.com/tournament_flyers/2016_KuchingCityInternationaDartChampionship.pdf

Miri City Christmas Parade (PC: The Star Online)

Miri City Christmas Parade (PC: The Star Online)

Miri City Christmas Parade

Date: December 3, 2016

Venue: Miri

Organizer: City Council & Churches, Miri

Website: http://www.miricouncil.gov.my/

Kuching Christmas Parade

Date: December 3, 2016 (6pm to 10pm)

Venue: MBKS Jubilee Ground, Kuching

Organizer: Methodist Church

Website: https://sarawaktourism.com/event/kuching-christmas-parade/

REDEEMS – Praise Music Festival

Date: December 4, 2016 – December 6, 2016

Venue: Association of Research and Development Movement of Singai Sarawak (REDEEMS)

Organizer: REDEEMS Centre, Kampung Apar-Singai, Bau

Website: http://www.redeems.my/web/

Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration (PC: Sky Scraper City)

Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration (PC: Sky Scraper City)

Sibu New Year Countdown Celebration

Date: December 31, 2016

Venue: Sibu Town Square

Organizer: Sibu Municipal Council

Website: http://www.smc.gov.my/

FEBRUARY 2017

Miri Country Music Festival 2017

Date: February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Organizer: Planet Conventions and Events – PLACE

Website: http://miricountrymusic.com/

MARCH 2017

Sarawak Marathon, Kuching 2017

Date: March 12, 2017

Venue: Kuching, Sarawak

Organizer: Asia Tourism Alliance

Website: http://sarawakmarathon.ata.my/

APRIL 2017

International Conference on the Teaching and Learning of Languages

Date: April 3, 2017 – April 4, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: UPSI & Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany

Website: http://ictll2017.wixsite.com/ictll2017

MAY 2017

Borneo Jazz Festival (PC: YouTube)

Borneo Jazz Festival (PC: YouTube)

Borneo Jazz Festival 2017

Date: May 12, 2017 @ 6:00 am - May 13, 2017 @ 11:59 pm

Venue: Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

Organizer: Sarawak Tourism Board

Website: http://www.jazzborneo.com/

7th International Hornbill Conference

Date: May 16, 2017 – May 18, 2017

Venue: Riverside Majestic Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: Sarawak Forestry Corporation

Website: http://internationalhornbillconference2017.com/

JULY 2017

Rainforest World Music Festival (PC: Malaysia Asia)

Rainforest World Music Festival (PC: Malaysia Asia)

Rainforest World Music Festival 2017

Date: July 14, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Venue: Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

Organizer: Sarawak Tourism Board

Website: http://www.rwmf.net/

OCTOBER 2017

Borneo International Beads Conference 2017

Date: October 13, 2017 – October 15, 2017

Venue: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching

Organizer: Crafthub Sdn. Bhd.

Website: http://crafthub.com.my/?page_id=539

GGEF Roundtable 2016 to be held in Hong Kong

Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF) business conference themed ‘When Cleantech meets Capital’ will be held in Hong Kong on November 14, 2016

A one of its kind business conference, the GGEF Roundtable 2016 will focus on identifying green innovations and actionable solutions in business.

Against the backdrop of fast-changing economic conditions and daunting environmental challenges, cleantech companies will play an instrumental role in transforming societal norms- given sufficient financial backing and government support.

When: November 14, 2016 (Monday) 09:00 – 16.30 hrs. (map and transportation)

Where: JW Marriot, Hong Kong

Why: GGEF is where sustainability means business. It is the only Business Conference that operates as a Social Enterprise in Asia, with 20% of what you pay going to supporting our students’ sustainability program. Your participation will make a difference to our community now and for generations to come!

Who: Business leaders, Entrepreneurs, Environmental Leaders, Innovators, Investors

Register for Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF) Roundtable 2016 here

Click here to view the agenda for the GGEF Roundtable 2016

Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals Conference in Singapore 2016

Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management will be held in Singapore from 9-11 November 2016

A high-profile conference with a focus on environmental law, policy and management aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be held for the first time in Singapore 2016.

The three-day conference explores the issues, challenges, solutions and implementation of law, policy, science and management of four specific SDGs: SDG Goal 12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption; Goal 13 – Climate Action; Goal 14 –Life below Water (Sustainable Oceans); and Goal 15 –Life on Land (Biodiversity Conservation). 

The organisers are Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), NUS Master of Science (Environmental Management) [MEM] and NUS Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES). They have invited prominent speakers who will share their insights on achieving the SDGs.

Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Rosemary and Roger Enrico Chair for Ocean Exploration, USA.

Talk: In Pursuit of Sustainable Oceans (9 November, 9 am)

 

 

Prof Nicholas Robinson, University Professor on the Environment and Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus; Co-Director, Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elizabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, USA; Former Chair, IUCN Commission of Environmental Law; Member, Advisory Committee, APCEL & MEM Program, NUS”

Keynote address at Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (9 November, 2 pm)

Talk: Towards Sustainable Global Management of Peat Forests (10 November, 11 am)

Keynote Address: The Future of the Earth - Environmental Law, Policy, Governance and Management and the SDGs (11 November, 9:45 am)

Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah

Supreme Court of Pakistan, Lahore High Court

Keynote Address: Climate Change and its Challenges. A Judicial Perspective (10 November 10.30 am)

 

 

 

Dr Mas Achmad Santosa,  Founder, Indonesia Centre for Environmental Law; Coordinator of the Special Staffs; Presidential Task Force to Combat Illegal Fishing

Keynote Address: Enhancement of Forest and Peatland Governance in Pursuit of Environmental Justice (10 November, 11:50 am)

 

The Hon. Justice Brian J Preston SC, Chief Judge, Land and Environment Court of New South Wales

Keynote Address: The Role of Courts in Climate Change (10 November, 1:30 pm)

Visit the website to view many other speakers and their pertinent topics on achieving sustainability amidst climate change and environmental challenges. Registration is needed and fees for the SDGs Conference apply.

These events will culminate with the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture.

Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, will deliver his talk on “Going, Going, Gone? How to Prosper while Protecting the Global Commons.” The Fourth Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm (Registration and Tea from 4 pm) is free for all to attend. Register for the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture here

 

Conference Details

What: Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy & Management *

When: 9th – 11th November 2016, 8:30am to 6:00pm

Where: Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium

National University of Singapore, 11 Kent Ridge Drive, Singapore 119244

Website: http://sdgsconf.sg/

Registration and payment details: http://sdgsconf.sg/registration/

About the Conference

In 2016, the NUS Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Two degree programs focusing on the environment – the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) also celebrate their 15th and 5th Anniversaries respectively.

To celebrate, APCEL, MEM and BES are coming together from 9-11 November 2016 to organise this three-day conference as well as the Asia Environment Lecture on 11 November 2016 at 5 pm.

Visit the individual organisers’ webpage:

*Qualified for PDU Points by the Professional Engineers Board (PEB). Refer to Registration Page for details.