The Singapore connection

UQ and NUS researchers come together for the workshop group pic.

UQ and NUS researchers come together for the workshop group pic.

Researchers from UQ, CEED, the National University of Singapore (NUS), and staff from the Singapore National Parks Board (NParks), met in Singapore in early February to strengthen collaborative links between conservation researchers and managers.
Scientists and managers from NUS and NParks gave talks providing an overview of Singapore’s current conservation and parks management arrangements, and discussed research needs and challenges. Six speakers from UQ (Kerrie Wilson, Angela Dean, Marie Dade, Micha Jackson, Jeff Hanson and Chris Baker) then delivered a well-attended public seminar focussed on applying decision science to conservation.
A day of workshopping followed with the aim of identifying the relative needs, strengths and areas of research expertise across the institutions, and to discuss potential areas of and mechanisms for ongoing research collaboration. Particular focus was given to novel ecosystems, coastal development, and urban green infrastructure; all of which are of particular relevance to Singapore (and in which CEED has a depth of experience). Following the workshop, UQ visitors were treated to an outing at the Labrador Nature Reserve hosted by NParks staff.
“The two days provided important insight into the significant challenges of reconciling development, human needs and conservation goals in the Asia Pacific region,” says CEED’s Director, Kerrie Wilson. “By collaborating across academic institutions and working with government partners we will be much better placed for identifying workable solutions to their challenges.”
Special thanks goes to Dr Kwek Yan Chong and his research staff for their efforts in enabling this highly valuable workshop.

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