Thursday, 1 February 2018

R.U.M. Scientific Workshop Day 1

Today, a milestone as the first R.U.M. Scientific Workshop was held. Thanks to NParks for hosting the Workshop and to the more than 30 people who participated! As well as the R.U.M. team who turned up to support.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
We spent Day 1 learning from mangrove experts, and visiting R.U.M. sites. We are excited for Day 2 when we will do restoration design!


The morning began with a great introduction by Sunshine Sim of NParks who hosted us at their Ubin Living Lab.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Then Ms Yang Shufen of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve shared her long experience in mangrove restoration at various sites in Singapore. Much to learn from the many bold steps taken.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
We are honoured to have with us Mr Ben Brown (Co-founder of Blue Forests), the pioneer of Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) in Asia. He shared many stories of restoration success and failures.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Then Prof Dan Friess of the National University of Singapore shared the scientific work done by the Mangrove Lab team to map and document the R.U.M. sites. And highlighted some of their interesting findings.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
After lunch, Tessa Liu shared her work done to gather views of Ubin villagers, of the public via the online survey form, and at the recent youth Mangroovy Mangroves Workshop. She also updated on all the other outreach work done: mangrove clean ups, monthly walks, and more!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
During the break, we admired the otters that stopped by to have a good rub at the sandy area in the far corner of the Ubin Living Lab.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
It was then time to have a look at some of the awesome mangroves and mangrove work done at Pulau Ubin. Germaine Leng points out some mangrove restoration work being done by NParks at Sungei Puaka.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Sunshine shares more about NParks work being done here.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Prof Dan then shows us a mature mangrove forest nearby. This is what we are aiming for in our restoration!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
We then visit the actual restoration site at Jalan Durian.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Mangrove saplings will sprout wherever the conditions are right!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
But no mangroves are growing in the abandoned aquaculture pond! We need to fix the elevation and other ground conditions before Mother Nature can do the planting!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Prof Dan starts a discussion on how breaks in the bund should be dealt with.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Ben Brown discusses finer points of restoration options.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Philip Lim of Sea Angels highlights the importance of using local materials to avoid contamination.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Jared Moore shares his experiences mapping the ponds.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
The group discusses erosion on the shore and options to deal with it.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Ben Brown discusses the issue of grading the foreshore slope to mitigate erosion.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Ben Brown goes right into the mud to check out the pond!
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
All too soon, the day has ended. Under the gentle gaze of dugongs at the Nature Gallery, Prof Dan rounds up the discussion.
Restore Ubin Mangroves (R.U.M.) Initiative
Wow, NParks has included a feature about R.U.M. at the Nature Gallery. Thank you!
We will meet again tomorrow to continue the discussions!

If you'd like to hear from Ben Brown yourself, come for his public talk on 3 Feb (Sat) at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. More details.

Date: 3 Feb (Sat)
Time: 11am-12noon
Venue: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Visitor Centre. Please meet at Bakau Lab, Visitor Centre (Kranji Way entrance)
Website: https://www.nparks.gov.sg/
Contact: nparks_sbwr@nparks.gov.sg

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