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By Dr Ho Hua Chew, Chairman of the Conservation Committee in the Nature Society (Singapore)
15 August 2006

There can be no doubt that nature or biodiversity has values for humanity all over the world, but in the practice of advocacy for nature conservation, the sort of values that have been emphasized as justifications elsewhere may not be relevant or pertinent for a country like Singapore. Given the peculiarity of the local situation in terms of its prevailing ecological, economic & socio-cultural conditions, there is an urgent need to think through carefully the sort of value orientation that is required in the Singapore context in order that nature conservation can be promoted here with a realistic expectation of success. The talk will be focus on such a task for nature conservation here that will be in tune with the local context.


Dr Ho Hua Chew is currently the Chairman of the Conservation Committee in the Nature Society (Singapore). He co-ordinates the conservation activities & projects of the Society, such as the formulation of conservation proposals, feedbacks to government land-use & development plans, biodiversity surveys, etc. He has been doing conservation work for the Nature Society for more than a decade, in the course of which he was involved with the formulation of the conservation plan for Sungei Buloh and the Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature in Singapore. His main fields of expertise are biodiversity conservation and environmental ethics. He has an MSc in Landscape Ecology, Design & Management from the Imperial College, an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Washington. He also lectures part-time on Environmental Ethics as well as on Biodiversity Conservation at tertiary institutions.

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DATE: 15 August 2006

TIME: 3.30pm to 5pm

VENUE: SEI Training Room, 40 Scotts Road, Environment Building, #06-00, Singapore 228231

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