Public Lecture and Launch of Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008

Date February 1, 2009

Southeast Asia Launch of the Report on the
“Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2008”

in conjunction with

Public Lecture on
“Sustainable Development of Coasts and Oceans: threats, opportunities and responsible governance”
by Dr. Chua Thia-Eng
Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA)

4th Feb 2009 Wednesday
Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens


About the Book Launch:
This “Status of coral Reefs of the World:2008” is under the auspices of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRNM) of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). The lead author for the Southeast Asia chapter, Ms Karenne Tun of the National University of Singapore will be presenting a summary of the “Status of Coral Reefs in Southeast Asia 2008”.

Synopsis of the Public Lecture
A brief introduction of ocean as the last frontier: its importance to the survival of mankind, its contribution to marine economy and the focus of human activities and culture in the 21st century. An analysis of old and new challenges (climate change, energy and financial crisis) to the security of the ocean and the new opportunities (including ecological and biological economies) arising from them. The need for developing and strengthening responsible ocean governance and activities and role and key activities of PEMSEA in promoting regional cooperation and partnership in addressing these challenges.

About the Speaker:

As the Chair of the East Asian Seas Partnership Council of the PEMSEA, Dr. Chua is also serving concurrently as a member of Research Council and Visiting Fellow of the Ocean Policy Research Foundation of Japan (2008- ), Chair Professor at the Coastal and Ocean Management Institute of Xiamen University (China) (2008- ) and Associate editor of the Oceans and Coastal Management Journal. He was a former academic staff member of University of Singapore, University of Science Malaysia and University of the Philippines. He had served in various capacities with UN and international organizations including ICLARM, FAO, IMO, GEF and UNDP. He has published more than 220 scientific papers, articles, reports and books. His recent books include “ The Dynamics of Integrated Coastal Management: Practical Applications in the Sustainable Coastal Development in East Asia” and “ Securing the Ocean” (chief editor). In recognition of his work, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China conferred him the prestigious “Friendship Award” in October,1997. The Royal Government of Cambodia conferred him the Sahak Metrey Medal in March 2002 by his majesty King Sihanouk. In 2006, he was recognized as one of the outstanding alumni of the National University of Singapore.

Dr. Chua completed his high school in Malaysia (1957) and undergraduate studies at Nanyang University (1963), postgraduate studies ( Diploma in Fisheries, Masters and doctorate degree) at the University of Singapore (1964-71) and postdoctorate at the University of Tokyo.

For more information, contact Rachel/Shufen at 6465 1690/1.

All are welcome.

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