Monday was a momentous occasion for RMBR. We successfully launched our new book, “Singapore Biodiversity: An Encyclopedia of the Natural Environment” with our guest of honour and book patron, President Nathan. Also in attendence were our VIPs, Mr Mah Bow Tan, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Professor Tommy Koh, donors, sponsors, contributors, the media, members of the the NUS biodiversity community, as well as members of Singapore’s Natural History community. Otterman a.k.a Siva was our MC for the day and he did a fine job! He has also blogged about the encyclopedia here
A heavyweight at 552 pages, the Encyclopedia was the cumulative effort of over 65 contributors who kindly and generously spared their time to make the encyclopedia happen. It is a celebration of Singapore’s biodiversity, that even though we have lost much of our natural environment to nation building, pockets of wildlife still persist in our parks, forests and shores. In addition, the biodiversity of Singapore continues to astonish researchers, with new species and new records of animals turning up regularly!
The book comes in two parts. Part 1 is a collection of essays focussing on a series of topics from the history of biodiversity research in Singapore, our ecosystems, to public policies and biodiversity education in Singapore while Part 2 is a comprehensive list of organisms found in Singapore, ordered from A to Z.
The book is available at all bookshops and retails for S$69.50. There is a special price for the NUS community – staff and students may purchase it at a 20% discount (S$55.60) from the NUS Co-op. Buy the book today and be pleasantly surprised by Singapore’s natural world!
Overseas readers may like to look up Amazon for online purchases.
Please stay tuned for more pictures from launch day! Here are also links to stories filed by Channel News Asia and the Straits Times.
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Looks good. Any plans for Chinese book of similar ilk?
Dear Friends of Singapore Biodiversity,
Please come and join a discussion to conserve the little we have:
“even though we have lost much of our natural environment to nation building, pockets of wildlife still persist in our parks, forests and shores”.
There is a “Sharing Session” on the developments at the Bt Timah Nature Reserve Fringe along Dairy Farm Road on Saturday, 9 June 2012, 2:30 to 5 pm. Venue: Senja/Cashew Community Club.
In attendance will be Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, URA & LTA.
Do check out the websites below for more information.