Sunday, 30 October 2022

R.U.M. in the news: OCBC Mangrove Park announced

"Associate Professor Daniel Friess from the National University of Singapore said the mangroves at the OCBC Mangrove Park will take root via the Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) method. Prof Friess is a member of the Restore Ubin Mangroves Initiative, a group that advocates the restoration of mangrove sites on the island."
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative field trip
Throwback to the early days of R.U.M.
Ubin villagers, Prof Dan and mapping team, NParks

Mangrove park to be opened in Pulau Ubin in 2026 with around 8,000 trees
Gena Soh, Straits Times, 30 Oct 2022 

Plans to naturally establish 8,000 mangrove trees in abandoned aquaculture ponds in Pulau Ubin were announced on Saturday, as part of a partnership between the National Parks Board (NParks) and OCBC Bank to increase Singapore’s capacity for carbon storage.

These trees will be located in the ponds of Sungei Durian – with a total area of 4ha – along the southern coast of the island, and the site will eventually be known as OCBC Mangrove Park.

Work is expected to be completed by 2026, and recreational opportunities at the site are expected to be available to the public.

OCBC will also grow an additional 1,000 saplings along the coastline as the park is being developed.

Monday, 27 September 2021

R.U.M.'s Sungei Durian project in the news!

Minister Desmond Lee announced R.U.M.'s project as part of “nature-based solutions” to build the resilience of Singapore’s coastlines at Pulau Ubin, during the Festival of Biodiversity (Sep 2021). 
R.U.M.'s work was decribed as a "mangrove restoration project at Sungei Durian, located along Pulau Ubin’s southern coastline."

Saturday, 3 July 2021

7 Aug (Sat): "Doing Mangrove Restoration the Right Way" by Prof Dan Friess

Join this online talk by Prof Dan Friess who will share how to do mangrove restoration the right way!
This talk is part of a series in conjunction with the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Join the other talks in July-August, covering other important ecosystems that can be found in Singapore. Learn more about what is going on to restore them, and how you can make a difference. Register here.


Saturday, 12 September 2020

26 Sep (Sat): Talk on "Working with nature to restore our mangroves"

How can we give Mother Nature a helping hand in restoring mangroves? Mangroves provide us with many ecological and economic benefits, and many people are now interested to restore them and increase their area.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative practicing mapping mangroves
Prof Dan leading the research team doing Ecological Mangrove Restoration
in Pulau Ubin under the Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative

Join Prof Dan Friess (Department of Geography, NUS) as he shares more about mangrove restoration. Successful mangrove restoration faces many challenges, though a new approach —Ecological Mangrove Restoration — is helping us to overcome these challenges in Singapore, Southeast Asia and beyond.

Date: 26 Sep 2020
Time: 11:20am to 12:30pm

Register online here 
This talk is part of Ubin Day and Pesta Ubin.

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

After Action Report: November 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 Saturday afternoon (16 November). A total of 51kg of marine trash consisting of mostly plastics and styrofoam pieces were removed from the site during the one hour cleanup.

Photo by Vincent Choo


Bravo and thanks to our participants (new and returning) for your wonderful energy and effort!! Thanks to Cheryl Lao for leading the cleanup, and thanks to our regular helpers As Ma. Yan, Pip, Vincent and Shu Ying. A shoutout to Lisa Lim who is recovering from a leg injury and organized the event from behind the scenes.

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?)

Keep following us on this blog or our facebook page for future cleanups and other activities.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

16 November (Sat): 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 in preparation for mangrove restoration!


Photo by Lisa Lim.


Date: 16 November 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 4.00pm - 7.00pm

Please register at http://www.tinyurl.com/ubinrum16nov2019.

More details will be email to volunteers upon successful registration. (Please check your spam folder.)

Due to limited transportation and site capacity, we can only take a limited no. of volunteers. Please only sign up if you are keen. Registration closes on 08 November or earlier once we met our required no. of volunteers.

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.