Singapore may be famous for its manmade environment, but in and around the city are some impressive examples of well-preserved natural environments – each with their own management challenges and research needs.
Researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), The University of Queensland, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore to strengthen the collaborative links in conservation science and improve research outputs.
“The two days provided important insight into the significant challenges of reconciling development, human needs and conservation goals in the Asia Pacific region,” said CEED Director Professor Kerrie Wilson.
“By collaborating across academic institutions and with government partners we will be much better placed for finding solutions to their challenges”.
Scientists and managers from NUS and NParks gave presentations providing an overview of Singapore’s current conservation and parks management arrangements and discussed research needs and challenges. Six speakers from CEED and UQ (Kerrie Wilson, Angela Dean, Marie Dade, Micha Jackson, Jeff Hanson, Rachel Friedman and Chris Baker) also delivered seminars focussed on applying decision science to conservation.
Researchers, managers, and other stakeholders participated in workshops to identify the relative needs, strengths, and areas of research expertise across the institutions, and to identify potential areas of and mechanisms for research collaboration.
Particular focus was given to novel ecosystems, coastal development, and urban green infrastructure with collaborative potential identified across all themes.
Following the workshop, visitors were treated to a tour of the Labrador Nature Reserve hosted by NParks staff.
CEED would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kwek Yan Chong and his research staff.