This is a guide to all things at the intersection of Biodiversity, Singapore and social change. Feel free to edit if you’d like to improve it!


wildsingapore is a one-stop web location for those who want to learn about Singapore's wild places and make a difference for them. It includes daily environment news, weekly updates of nature happenings, information for visitors to Singapore's wild places, fact sheetson common Singapore marine life and updates on marine issues and happenings in Singapore.

See also Biodiversity Events and Biodiversity Articles.

Key People

Names are provided alphabetically, with links provided to LinkedIn accounts where available, else Facebook. Expertise in this area is based on past or current experience, and if there is a link to Singapore in some way.

Ria Tan, Tan Hang Chong

International Conventions & Networks

Singapore Index on Cities' Biodiversity has 25 nidices looking at native biodiversity, ecosystem services and governance.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement to ensure that trade does not threaten wildlife species with extinction. The Convention currently has a membership of 172 countries, and Singapore became a Signatory to CITES in 1986. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority is the Management Authority responsible for the implementation and enforcement of CITES in Singapore.

TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.

SG Networks & Associations

The National Parks Board (NParks) is responsible for providing and enhancing the greenery of the Garden City. NParks manages over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves. As Singapore's scientific authority on nature conservation, NParks monitors and coordinates measures to ensure the health of Singapore's biodiversity. It has a page on 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity.
Much of the volunteer work on biodiversity is done by NParks volunteers.

NParks' Biodiversity Centre also does a great deal of work on our biodiversity and manages Singapore's commitments to the Convention of Biological Diversity.

wildsingapore is a one-stop web location for those who want to learn about Singapore's wild places and make a difference for them. It includes daily environment news, weekly updates of nature happenings, information for visitors to Singapore's wild places, fact sheets on common Singapore marine life and updates on marine issues and happenings in Singapore.

SG Organisations & Companies

Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) aims to foster respect and compassion for all animals, improve the living conditions and welfare of animals in captivity, and educate people on lifestyle choices which do not involve the abuse of animals and which are environment-friendly. The society is driven by its concern for animals and adopts research projects on the use of animals in various fields. Research findings are then used to educate the public to promote active community involvement in the animal welfare movement.

Blue Water Volunteers is a volunteer-based, marine conservation NGO that seeks to complement research activities and increase awareness of local marine habitats, such as coral reefs. It achieves its aims of conservation, awareness and education through four main programmes: ReefFriends, ReefWalk, ReefTalk and ReefExhibits.

Cicada Tree Eco-place is a non-government, non-profit organisation that promotes the natural and cultural heritage of Singapore through environmental education and eco-living. Our theme is nature and culture, embracing earth & our roots. We run environmental education programmes for individuals, schools, institutions and corporations. We aim to help build and enhance the capacity of teachers in nature education.

ECO Singapore aims to establish a voluntary environmental movement, thereby creating opportunities for active involvement by Singaporean youths, instilling a sense of commitment and awareness of environmental issues and global hazards. Biodiversity is one of their 6 focus areas.

Gamefish & Aquatic Rehabilitation Society is dedicated to the conservation and protection of Singapore's gamefishes and aquatic habitat.

The Green Volunteers help to clean up our mangroves, do reforestation projects to help native hil tribes improve their standard of living, reintroduce native trees and shrubs back into our schools, park and open spaces, and take part in a direct action programme called”Whistle Blower” where they identify and report polluters.

Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) is an affiliate of the Jane Goodall Institute headquartered in the United States. Its main objectives are to help preserve and protect the world’s primates. Expanding from this basic goal, JGI has developed the Roots & Shoots program, which spans worldwide and aims to educate youth on ways to save our planet, by helping other people, animals, and the environment we all live in.

The Leafmonkey Workshop organizes workshops and provide a platform for networking, learning, sharing and doing for nature groups, nature volunteers and nature lovers.

The Naked Hermit Crabs is a group of volunteer guides who have come together to share Singapore's shores through public walks, especially those shores which are in danger.

Nature Photograhic Society (Singapore) is a registered photographic society in Singapore with the aim of creating an interest in preserving the beauty of the natural world through photography.

Nature Society (Singapore) is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. It runs several interest groups.

Nature Trekker Singapore is was established with a mission to cultivate outdoor adventure lovers to learn & appreciate nature, thereby giving our beautiful yet fragile environment the due respect it deserves.

Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research staff members and students are engaged in research in conservation biology, ecology and systematics that covers the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. Numerous surveys, expeditions and collaborative work have been and are being conducted in the Asia-Pacific region.

TeamSeagrass is a volunteer programme that monitors the seagrasses of Singapore, gathering data that will promote awareness and protection of our marine heritage.

The Hantu Bloggers is a non-profit, environmental awareness initiative for Pulau Hantu, an island recognised by most divers as Singapore's most popular Southern Island, known for its sheltered and biologically diverse reefs. It is now described as a new-age NGO that utilises modern, free-media, to enhance the awareness of Singapore's coastal and marine habitat.

Toddycats! are volunteers with the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore. Toddycats! is meant to expose, develop, enthuse and apply individuals to programmes in conservation, education and research.

Tropical Marine Science Institute is a centre of excellence for research, development and consultancy in tropical marine science as well as environmental science. With its multi-disciplinary research laboratories and active international links, it handles projects relevant to Physical Oceanography, Acoustics, Marine Biology, Marine Mammals, Biofuels, Water Resources and Climate Change. TMSI also provides postgraduate research opportunities.

Wildlife Asia is a wildlife and environmental film festival, managed by Wildlife Asia Limited, a non-profit company. Wildlife Asia forms the crucial link between the television media and conservation in Asia, and is recognised as a festival that promotes the Asian perspective.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore is the parent company of award-winning attractions Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo. It aims to provide world-class leisure attractions, providing excellent exhibits of animals (and birds) presented in their natural environment for the purpose of conservation, education and recreation. In the areas of conservation and research, WRS parks have undertaken multiple projects, which focus on species such as the oriental pied hornbill, pangolin and orang utan, through collaborations with various organisations and institutions.

WWF Singapore aim is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. It is in the process of producing a sustainable seafood guide for Singapore.

Key Projects

The UN declared 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Throughout the year countless initiatives will be organized to disseminate information, promote the protection of biodiversity and encourage organizations, institutions, companies and individuals to take direct action to reduce the constant loss of biological diversity worldwide. The Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity 2010 blog highlights news, events, articles and other information about Singapore's biodiversity and how everyone can make a difference. See also the companion Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity 2010 Facebook page.

The Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) was registered in 2009 as a charity and an institution of public character with the primary purpose of conserving endangered native wildlife. To achieve this, Wildlife Reserves Singapore contributes 20 cents for each admission ticket sold at our Parks to the WRSCF. Funds raised will be specifically channelled to education and the preservation of local biodiversity.

The Sebana Hornbill conservation project is a joint environmental effort by Sebana Cove, Johor Malaysia and The Green Volunteers, Singapore. The aim of this project is to provide wild Hornbills a safe sanctuary so that they will eventually breed.

Videos & Publications

Biodiversity is Singapore’s first encyclopaedia on Singapore’s natural history and heritage.

The Chek Jawa Guidebook was written by the volunteer guides of Chek Jawa. It is written in Plain English, free of jargon, with huge full-colour photographs and lots of diagrams. Information is in bite-sized pieces for easy digestion in the field. Each double-page spread has a little thought-provoking question that we hope will help you see more and better understand what is going on at Chek Jawa. A glossary and index are included.

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