|Photo by Dr Tan Heok Hui|
After a warm Welcome Address by Prof. Peter Ng, Minister Desmond Lee shared his thoughts on the Blue Plan. Among his key points, he said "our agencies will carefully study the recommendations in detail, discuss and engage the editors and community, and see how we can take this forward together. We have come a long way in our nature conservation journey, and it is only with the same spirit of openness and collaboration that can we continue to make progress to protect our biodiversity"
Prof. Chou Loke Ming then gave the historical account of the first and second Blue Plan in 2001 and 2009 respectively, while Mr Francis Lee provided personal insights into marine conservation in Singapore.
Dr. Zeehan Jaafar then summarised the steps taken to prepare the Singapore Blue Plan 2018. She shared how information were solicited from academics, environmental lawyers, and stakeholders; and from these, how recommendations were parsed. In addition to going over the six recommendations of the Blue Plan 2018, she emphasised the importance of collaboration between multiple stakeholders to implement these recommendations.
Prof. Leo Tan concluded the ceremony with an inspiring speech by calling on Singaporeans to protect the remaining natural areas and biodiversity.
The Blue Plan was launched online at 10.30am for free download and support.
The Launch was well covered in the mainstream media
- TODAY Online - Conservation of S'pore's marine ecosystems 'starts at home', say experts
- The Straits Times - New Blue Plan to preserve more of Singapore's marine landscape
- Channel News Asia - Three coastal areas proposed for conservation in the Singapore Blue Plan
- Channel News Asia - Three coastal areas proposed for conservation in the Singapore Blue Plan | Video
- The Straits Times - Conservationists set out Blue Plan to preserve marine landscape
- The Straits Times - Semakau - not just a landfill, but full of life
- Channel 8 News - 《新加坡蓝色计划2018》建议扩大保护区 修复我国海洋生态
- Berita Harian - Memastikan Singapura kekal biru & hijau
These articles are also on the wildsingapore news blog.
Photos of the Launch
By Minister Desmond Lee
By Dr Tan Heok Hui
By Karl Png