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Singapore Celebrates Our REEFS! (as part of the 2008 International Year of the Reef)

by Wilson Ang, ECO-Singapore

2008 is the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) where the world celebrates our reefs! To promote conservation on this by Wilson Ang, ECO-Singaporewidely depleting natural habitat.

Singapore happens to have a whole lush of Reefs that we all should learn more about it and conserve it. This is where YOU can play a part. Together with a group of NGOs and passionate individuals, ECO Singapore is support this collective efforts.

A blog has been launch so please visit it at:

We as youth can play a significant role. You can do this both at your own capacity and if you are geared up for more, take on the challenge and organize your own session. We will be there to support you. Just let us know.

Here are a few ways you can do something:

Support the IYOR blog

Grateful if you could arrange for the IYOR badge to be posted on your organisation website/blog/facebook so as to increase awareness of our activities. Code and instructions at

Engage IYOR speakers

Several people have stepped forward to offer free talks in conjunction with IYOR. These cover some exciting topics. Do feel free to engage these speakers for your group (an audience of at least 50 please).

More details on

If you or someone from your organisation would like to give a talk under the IYOR banner, pls do send me the details and I will gladly add it to the list.

IYOR blog features

The blog will feature articles at least weekly if not more regularly. The focus for January will be Chek Jawa.

Features will include Chek Jawa's ecosystems with a special on seagrasses, recent history (prior to deferment, after and the future), echinoderms, shore birds. The groups featured in January will be Joseph Lai and his and flying fish friends, the Ubin NParks CJ guides, and Kok Sheng's CJ recovery project team.

Another regular update on the blog will be Reefs in Brief which cover latest marine developments. Not all of them are happy news. Most recently, some developments on Sentosa and Labrador.

If you would like to contribute articles, do let us know.