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2022 BFF Biodiversity Challenge Opening Workshop

BFF Challenge 2022 kicks off!

The BFF Biodiversity Challenge 2022 is back for the fifth year running! This year, the first session was held on a fine Saturday morning on 12th March 2022. A total of 77 participants, including 26 students from JC and Polytechnics, 29 undergraduates and 10 working adults attended the event on Zoom.

Otterman talking about otters!

We kicked off the session with Mr. Sivasothi from NUS, who gave a sharing about Singapore’s history with nature, and how BFF factors into the grander scheme of things. Participants also had a chance to hear from Anna Low, a BFF alumni from 2019, who shared how the BFF Challenge helped shaped her interest in Singapore’s biodiversity.

Participants were then split into the breakout rooms, where they got to interact and meet new friends! They shared about the virtual backgrounds that they chose before the workshop to kick off the icebreakers. Afterwards, they put their heads together in the game segment, which made them work together to solve problems. These included challenges like writing a poem about otters, forming the shape of the leaf of Dioscorea sansibarensis and drawing a hermit crab using the Zoom annotation tool.

Through the games, participants got to learn and discuss about issues relating to biodiversity and conservation in Singapore. Important topics raised ranged from human-wildlife conflict to etiquette in our intertidal areas.

We hope everyone enjoyed playing the games and meeting new friends during the session, and look forward to seeing our new BFFers embark on their field trips throughout the year. We’re also extremely excited to see what creative and fun AFNs (Acts for Nature) our participants can come up with. We wish all participants an enriching BFF 2021 journey!

For BFF 2022, we’re especially grateful for the BFF Alumni for being so active and supporting the event in various capacities! A big thank you to our organising committee, facilitators and other support crew for making this opening workshop a success: Nigel Tan, Rachael Goh, Kymberly Goh, Quek Chui Qing, Muhd Nasry, Zachary Chong, Jeff Tan, Chang Yu Xin, Joy Wong, Scormon Ho, Fathanah Saleh, Yap Bao Shen, Cheryl Yong, Guo Shu En, Tan Teong Seng, Anna Low, Phoebe Zhou, Eugene Tan, Gavin Neo, Elijah Goh, Alexis Goh and Stefanie Koh.

The faces behind BFF 2022!

Last but not least, BFF would not be possible without the guidance of N. Sivasothi (NUS) and Cheryl Chia (NParks). Special thanks to Marjorie Chong (Otter Working Group) as well, who took the time off to pop by this morning.