Entries from May 2009

Environment Minister gets acquainted with Hantu Blog

Date May 25, 2009

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, got acquainted with the work of the Hantu Blog at this year’s Envirofest at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. Dr Ibrahim who’d visited the shores of Semakau was surprised to learn that there was life on tiny little Hantu Island.

Envirofest 2009 a welcome success

Date May 24, 2009

With several thousand visitors at the Envirofest 2009 this weekend, it’s apparent that the heartlands is the place to be for educational outreach work! Many kids and adults walked away learning about corals and reefs and why they are important to our environment.

Hantu Bloggers @ Envirofest 2009

Date May 24, 2009

The Hantu Blogs interactive word search puzzles were a huge hit with kids and adults alike! Despite the hot and humid weather, shoppers and browsers stopped by the many booths at the Envirofest 2009 at Toa Payoh HDB Hub to work their way through quizzes for a chance at a lucky dip that could win […]

Public Seminar: Crossing the Line – Illegal and Unwarranted Aliens in Singapore

Date May 21, 2009

To commemorate The International Day for Biological Diversity 2009, Professor Peter Ng will be giving the above titled talk on Friday 22nd May, 11am – 12pm, at the Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Sustainable Island Programme to encourage sustainable tourism

Date May 21, 2009

The Sustainable Island Programme (SIP) 2009-2010 was approved by Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) on January 19, 2009, as a continuation of conservation efforts in 2008. A joint collaboration between Wild Asia (WA) and Reef Check Malaysia (RCM), SIP’s vision is to promote sustainable destinations and responsible island development between the private sector, local communities and […]

Asia-Pacific Nations Agree to Protect Reef Network

Date May 21, 2009

MANADO, Indonesia—Six Asia-Pacific countries agreed Friday on a wide-ranging plan to protect one of the world’s largest networks of coral reefs, promising to reduce pollution, eliminate overfishing and improve the livelihoods of impoverished coastal communities. The agreement at the World Oceans Conference creates a voluntary management plan for an area defined as the Coral Triangle, […]

Stanford scientists find heat-tolerant coral reefs that may resist climate change

Date May 21, 2009

Experts say that more than half of the world’s coral reefs could disappear in the next 50 years, in large part because of higher ocean temperatures caused by climate change. But now Stanford University scientists have found evidence that some coral reefs are adapting and may actually survive global warming. “Corals are certainly threatened by […]

Saving the Coral Triangle

Date May 21, 2009

Acting by itself and in concert with five other countries, the Philippine government has taken a giant step toward saving the Coral Triangle, considered the world’s richest underwater wilderness, that covers 1.6 million square kilometers of water bounded by six countries. Biodiversity and food resources were the subjects of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral […]

RP joins bid to save ‘global epicenter of marine life’

Date May 20, 2009

SIX countries, including the Philippines, have finalized an ambitious and visionary 10-year plan of action to protect and rehabilitate the Coral Triangle, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza reported on Monday. The 10-year plan of action also affirms their commitment to collectively protect and preserve the marine ecosystem in the region. The five other signatories are Indonesia, […]

Global Warming Threatens Pacific's Bountiful Coral Triangle

Date May 20, 2009

In this photo taken 30 Apr 2009, divers swim near coral reefs off Komodo island, Indonesia Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea have set new plans to protect the Coral Triangle – a 5.5 million square kilometer area that holds the largest biodiversity in the oceans. Scientists consider it to be […]