The Singapore Blue Plan 2018, published by SIBiol, is led by marine biologists with the broad inclusion of marine scientists, stakeholders and members of the public. Altogether, there are more than 100 contributors to this document.
In line with the International Year of the Reef 2018, the objectives of The Singapore Blue Plan 2018 are:
a) To present the current status of coastal and marine ecosystems in Singapore
b) To showcase the biodiversity within these ecosystems;
c) To provide an overview of current legislation related to marine areas and biodiversity;
d) To recommend measures to protect coastal and marine ecosystems into the next decade.
At the last International Year of the Reef 2008, the marine community came together to put forward the Singapore Blue Plan 2009. This was submitted to the government and resulted in among others, the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey and the establishment of the Sisters' Islands Marine Park.
About the Editors
|Zeehan Jaafar |
Dr Zeehan Jaafar, 40, is the Lead Editor of the Singapore Blue Plan. She is a marine biologist with research foci on the diversity, ecology, and evolution of marine fishes. Concerned over the rapid losses of natural coastal areas of the region, she co-authored a book 'Endangered Forested Wetlands of Sundaland' that provides an overview of the current status of, and approaches to conserve, coastal areas of the region. She is affiliated with the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore.
|Danwei Huang |
Dr Danwei Huang, 36 is a marine biologist who is interested in the ecological and evolutionary aspects of corals and reef-associated organisms. He studies how the past has driven the present and can help predict the future of coral reef biodiversity, distribution and health. He is affiliated with the Department of Biologicial Sciences, National University of Singapore
|Jani Thuaibah Isa Tanzil |
Dr Jani Tanzil, 37, is a marine ecologist who has been diving and exploring coral reefs of Singapore and the region for work and leisure since 2002. She is currently affiliated with the St John’s Island National Marine Laboratory, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore; and Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University
|Ow Yan Xiang |
Dr Ow Yan Xiang, 32, is a marine physiologist who is interested in understanding the responses of marine organisms to changes in their environment, especially to climate change. She is currently affiliated with the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore
|Yap Wei Liang Nicholas|
Mr Nicholas Yap, 34, is a sea anemone taxonomist. He puts identities on sea anemones to support conservation efforts and research. He is currently affiliated with The Reef Ecology Lab, National University of Singapore; and the Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore