Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Join RUM events in July!

Want to learn about mangroves at Pulau Ubin? Want to make a difference for them?
In July, you can join a RUM mangrove walk or help in a mangrove clean up! More on how to get to Ubin.

16 Jul (Sun): Free Pulau Ubin Mangrove Walk

Join Ria Tan on a leisurely walk from Ubin Town to nearby abandoned aquaculture ponds. Learn about an exciting ground-up community effort to give Mother Nature a hand in restoring mangroves at abandoned aquaculture ponds on Pulau Ubin.
Kampung trail at Pulau Ubin
Find out more about the Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative and the Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation method, where mangroves will be naturally restored at abandoned aquaculture ponds on Pulau Ubin.

Time: 10.30am meet at Uncle Lim's shop, No. 42 Pulau Ubin at Ubin Town opposite the Wayang Stage, we end about noon. More on how to get to Ubin.

  • The walk is free, no registration is required. Simply meet at Uncle Lim's shop.
  • Children to be accompanied by parent/guardian.
  • Route includes earthen trails (not suitable for prams or wheelchairs, may be muddy in wet weather). Route is about 1km there and back.
  • In case of heavy rain, walk may be delayed but not cancelled. Walk continues in light rain if there is no lightning.

23 Jul (Sun): Mangrove Coastal Clean Up

In line with the Restore Ubin Mangroves (RUM) Initiative, join the Nature Society (SIngapore) (NSS) as we carry out coastal clean-ups to remove abandoned drift nets and marine debris that choke up the Ubin coastline. This can also ensure that our wildlife continue to have the proper environment to thrive. Marine Conservation Group (MCG) is a special interest group of NSS whose aim is to encourage understanding and protection of marine biodiversity and marine areas in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Moreover, Pulau Ubin is globally classified as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).

Upcoming cleanup up will be held on 23 July 2016 (Sat) from 9.00am - 12.00pm. Volunteering participants will have to make their own ways to Pulau Ubin. More on how to get to Ubin.

To register, please sign up here

Other RUM happenings!

RUMblers were also busy sharing about mangroves and RUM with the volunteers of Sea Angel who work with Phillip Lim and the Ubin fish farmers on 26 Jun. We biked to view the ponds that we hope to restore, checked out a nearby natural mangrove forest (the trees are so tall!) and also rescued a mama crab that was trapped in an abandoned net. Mohammad Juhari also shared lots of photos of our trip.

Restoring mangroves is part of Singapore's Climate Action Plan!

We are so glad that restoring mangroves is mentioned in The Climate Action Plan for Singapore, unveiled 11 Jul 2016. Although they referred only to the efforts to restore mangroves at Pulau Tekong in the Plan, restoration of mangroves at Pulau Ubin can also be a part of the Plan!

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