Biodiversity Friends Forum events
Read about the programme, “Making BFFs at the Biodiversity Friends Forum, by Joy Wong. Mygreenspace, Vol 1 (40) 2019.
17 Nov 2018 – Fireside Chat with Mr Lim Liang Jim, Group Director of NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre on “The Science of Conservation and Greening”.
“The second BFF Fireside Chat saw 17 youths participating in an informal, small-group session with Mr Lim Liang Jim, the Group Director of NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre, which serves as Singapore’s one-stop hub for biodiversity-related information and activities.
The topic for the day was the Science of Conservation and Greening, where Jim shared about NParks’ movement towards making Singapore a City in a Garden and the management of biodiversity in the Singapore context. The youths had a lively discussion with Jim and raised questions including managing invasives and interagency cooperation.”
15 Oct 2018 – BFF Gathering 2018
“A year after its inception, BFF provided the opportunity for BFF-ers who have participated in various BFF initiatives in 2018 to catch up and share stories on their BFF journey. Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee attended the event and he presented the certificates to the 24 youths who completed the BFF Challenge 2018.
The event also provided a platform for aspiring conservationists aged 16 – 30 to network and interact with friendly faces in the nature scene through the focus group discussions touching on various topics relating to conservation and biodiversity.”
02 & 03 Jun 2018 – Festival of Biodiversity
Open space between Tampines MRT Station and Tampines Mall
13 Jan 2018 – Launch of the BFF Biodiversity Challenge 2018: Human-Wildlife Co-Existence, Jan – May 2018
“The BFF Biodiversity Challenge 2018 kicked off in response to increasing public awareness on issues regarding human-wildlife interactions. Launched by Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, Mr Desmond Lee, the event helped to motivate, train and empower participants to engage their communities in issues surrounding human-wildlife co-existence. The challenge focused on five target animals – otters, macaques, wild boars, sea turtles and civets, which participants further discussed upon in focus groups.”
Jan – May 2018: On-The-Job Training Sessions (OJTs) with nature communities and working groups
“A series of guided walks held by park managers and animal enthusiasts were organised for participants to learn more about human-wildlife co-existence in Singapore. Each of the session addressed one of the five focus animals of the BFF Challenge. Participants were also encouraged to conduct self-directed learning sessions where they may patrol independently for macaques in parks and nature reserves or go on turtle beach watches on our eastern shores before daybreak.
The walks included:
- Monkey Workshop & Walks @ Bukit Timah, Macritche, and Lower Pierce
- Otter Walk @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park and Gardens by the Bay
- Wild Boar Walk @ Pulau Ubin
- Civet Workshop & Night Walk at NUS and Tanglin Halt
- Turtle Beach Patrol at East Coast Park
All in all, 24 BFF-ers completed the challenge while more than 20 others joined for the various components of the Challenge, such as the OJTs.”
01 Nov 2017 – Careers in Conservation Workshop
“BFF members heard from Industry Mentors in Singapore’s biodiversity conservation scene and learnt about the skills required to pursue careers in conservation. The Industry mentors came from the public, private and non-profit sectors, allowing BFF members to hear about their diverse experiences. Participants were grateful for the frank and open sharing contributed by the mentors.”
14 Oct 2017 – Fireside Chat with Dr Vilma D’Rozario, “Education and Stewardship in Conservation”
“The first BFF Fireside Chat featured “Aunty Vilma,” a veteran volunteer for wildlife conservation in Singapore. Dr Vilma D’Rozario recently retired as Associate Professor with the Psychological Studies Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, and has been an active volunteer in aid of wildlife conservation in Singapore and the region.
An educator at heart, Dr Vilma invited participants to share their background and questions they had about biodiversity and her experience in the nature scene. Dr Vilma then shared her extensive journey volunteering for nature and her students’ work in understanding Master Nature Educators in Singapore.
This Fireside Chat enabled BFF members to learn more about the importance of education, citizen action, and stewardship in conservation in an informal, small-group session.”
12 Aug 2017 – Biodiversity Friends Forum (BFF) 2017
“This inaugural session was promoted as a platform to build a vibrant youth movement for biodiversity through effective mentorship and training. During the event, like-minded individuals and groups came together to discuss about the Convention on Biological Diversity, Singapore’s Nature Conservation Master Plan and their role in them in focus groups. Participants learnt about how their voices could be heard and how to contribute constructively towards conservation in Singapore.”