Nature Society (Singapore)’s Conservation Conference took place on sunday.
this conference was a series of paper presentations, and i wasnt even ready for mine, finishing up my presentation when the first few speakers were sharing. wow…. im amazed with myself sometimes.
it was great to hear ppl’s views on how biodiversity can contribute to singapore’s sustainability.
some of my take aways are below.
The mangrove tree Bruguiera hainesii is critically endangered (which puts it in the same category as pandas). and Singapore is home to 4 of these trees. 2 of them are at tekong. in comparison, the whole of vietnam only has 2 trees of this species. i was actually shocked to hear the numbers. im not really a plant person, but when numbers are brought out, it strikes you that FOUR is a really small number.
someone also spoke abt invasive alien species, with the albizia tree as an example. it is a really fast growing tree. from a seed to 7m high within a year, to 16m within 3 yrs and 33m high within 5 yrs. and to think that some trees dont even fruit until a decade later. so while this tree, being non-native, and having not a very strong trunk system, tends to break off easily during thunderstorms, and have even caused damage to vehicles parked nearby as it falls. still, the arguement is that this tree is home to some species of birds that take refuge at its canopy, nesting.
someone also briefly mentioned abt a causeway link between 3 of our southern islands. i seem to have heard it before, but im not really sure where it stands at the moment. i’d think that while it allows more ppl to know know abt the islands we have (cos i just found out that some of my colleagues didnt even know pulau hantu existed, and i thought that was one of the more common islands. some didnt know abt bukom until the shell fires.), increased visitorship to these islands, if not monitored carefully, may increase stress to the marine life. i mean, there will probably be broadwalks constructed and guided tours, but… you know…
well, more presentations focussed on the ecological sustainability of Singapore’s biodiversity. i was inspired by all the records and all the work done by so many ppl. and like the previous symposium, i had some ppl approach us to find out more abt what they can do for the horseshoe crab project after my presentation. and it was really encouraging.
im not much of a sociable person, so i still kinda felt more comfortable talking to ppl i found familiar, but i think, meeting ppl is a skill i got to learn because networking is soooo important. sharing of information and knowledge and ideas and etc is so important in the nature circle. im inspired and i have a whole new perspective on symposiums and conferences. these are where ppl of similar interests gather to share their views.
must commend NSS for coordinating this conference and doing a great job.
ps: something made me reaaaaaaaaaally envious though. i wish i had gotten that $700 Leica Binoculars in that lucky draw!!!!!!! i want!!!!