First Symposium on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018, 4 Nov 2017

The first Symposium on the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 was held on 4 Nov 2017 by the Blue Plan 2018 Editorial Team and Working Committee for International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2018 Singapore. Members of the community, stakeholders, and those interested to contribute to the Blue Plan 2018 were invited. More than 80 people from about 35 groups attended.

Key issues discussed included the aims of The Blue Plan 2018, and on how best conserve the remaining coastal and marine areas in Singapore.

The Symposium began with addresses by seasoned conservationists Prof Peter Ng, Prof Chou Loke Ming and Mr Francis Lee. They shared the inspiring history of marine advocacy with details on work and submissions that had been made in decades past.

The lead editor of The Blue Plan 2018, Dr. Zeehan Jaafar, then introduced the team of editors, and proposed a work flow for submission and feedback of documents from contributors.

There was also an introduction to outreach plans for IYOR 2018 by Dr. Neo Mei Lin, and to offer IYOR internships by Ms Ria Tan.