Wednesday, 18 September 2019

After Action Report: September 2019 R.U.M. Beach and Mangrove Cleanup


Volunteers with Nature Society Singapore for Restore Ubin Mangrove Initiative (RUM) were at RUM Site 1 for a beach and mangrove cleannup last Sunday evening (15 September). A total of 113.2kg of trash and marine debris were removed from the site. This cleanup is an effort to clear marine debris accumilation from the site in preparation for mangrove restoration. At the same time, participants get to visit the site and learn about RUM and the ecological mangrove restoration method. (What is Ecological Mangrove Restoration?)


Last Sunday's cleanup is also held in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) which is an annual coastal cleanup event held around the world in the month of September.

Volunteers, in teams of three or four worked non-stop for an hour as there was noticeably more trash compared to the last cleanup.  While the trash could come from human activities on the site itself, it could also be increased due to the Southwest Monsoon which sees most south-facing beaches on Singapore getting more marine trash this time of the year.

The sight that greeted volunteers upon entering the site. (Photo by Vincent Choo)

(Photo by Lisa Lim)

Volunteers picked up a lot of drink cans, plastic bottles, plastic and foam food packaging, and many unpaired shoes. There were also many plastic pieces such as parts of toys, household items and personal care items. 20kg of abandoned fishing nets and gear was also removed from this site. Everything picked up was carefully recorded in an ICC datacard given to each team.

 
(Photo by Lisa Lim)
 
Fishing net and ropes that were picked up. (Photo by Lisa Lim)


Bagged trash are weighed to get the total weight of trash removed today. (Photo by Liz Lim)

Thank you volunteers for your enthusiasm, energy and hard work, and for coming to the cleanup despite the slightly hazy conditions. A note of thanks to Nparks for providing the boat and van transport.

Thanks also to the regular facilitators (Freddy, Martell, Vincent, Liz, Blossom, Evangeline, As Ma, Boon, Mona) and especially, thanks to Lisa Lim for organizing and leading the cleanup.

More photos of the event:

Lisa Lim's Album
Vincent Choo's Album


Friday, 30 August 2019

15 September (Sun): R.U.M. Mangrove Cleanup (International Coastal Cleanup edition)


Join Lisa Lim and volunteers from R.U.M. and Nature Society Singapore (NSS), Marine Conservation Group to clean up this site in preparation for mangrove restoration!

This upcoming cleanup is also organised in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup (http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/aboutcleanup.html) in September.




Come visit Ubin, learn more about Ubin mangroves and R.U.M., and make a difference for them!

Date: 15 September 2019 (Sunday)
Time:  4.00pm - 7.00pm

Only registered participants may join us as we have limited capacity for both ferry and van transport. Please register here: https://www.tinyurl.com/ubinrum15sep2019

Monday, 26 August 2019

Channel 8 newsclip about mangrove restoration as mitigation action against sea level rise.

In this news clip on Mediacorp Channel 8, Prof. Dan Friess talks about the importance of mangroves in protecting our shorelines and how they can help in mitigating the effects that come with sea level rise. Stephen Beng (Nature Society Singapore, Marine Conservation Group) briefly explains how and where mangroves can be restored. The reporter speaks Mandarin but the interview is in English.


https://www.8world.com/news/singapore/article/mangrove-protection-903336



Sea level rise is one of the things Singapore will have to deal with. This was one of the points on Climate Crisis made by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long during his National Day Rally Speech.

Monday, 8 July 2019

21 Jul (Sun): R.U.M. mangrove cleanup

Join Lisa Lim and volunteers from R.U.M. and Nature Society Singapore (NSS), Marine Conservation Group to clean up this site before we start restoration.
Come visit Ubin, learn more about Ubin mangroves and R.U.M., and make a difference for them!

Monday, 17 June 2019

6 Jul (Sat): A World Without Functional Mangroves?

Join a team of experts for a mangrove-filled morning! Hosted by Dr. Zeehan Jaafar, the programme starts with a talk by Professor Joe Lee who will share the importance of mangrove forests to the well-being of people. This talk will discuss key issues in global and regional conservation of mangroves, such as threats they face and on-going potential restorative efforts.

The Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative will also have a booth at the event! Come and support us and learn more about the importance of mangroves.

Admission is FREE. Register at https://tiny.cc/mangrove_public_forum. All are welcome.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

25 May (Sat): R.U.M. mangrove cleanup

Specially for Pesta Ubin, join Lisa Lim and volunteers from R.U.M. and Nature Society Singapore (NSS), Marine Conservation Group to clean up this site before we start restoration.
Come visit Ubin, learn more about Ubin mangroves and R.U.M., and make a difference for them!

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Pulau Ubin mangrove restoration featured on 'Tipping Point' on Channel NewsAsia

Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative is featured in Tipping Point, a documentary about climate change by Channel NewsAsia. It will be aired on TV on 21 Apr (Sun) 9pm.
Filming Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Prof Dan Friess when we arrived on Ubin.
The R.U.M. team and NParks took this opportunity to share about Pulau Ubin's mangroves and the effort to restore them. As well as the important role of mangroves in mitigating climate change.