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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve nominated as Shorebird Network Site

01-Dec-2002

Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary with its nomination as the 30th site in the East-Asian Australasian Shorebird Network Site. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore...
Singapore's Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve celebrated its 10th anniversary with its nomination as the 30th site in the East-Asian Australasian Shorebird Network Site. Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's Minister of State (Ministry of National Development) in his speech stated: "It is heartening to know that Singapore, despite being a small and urbanised city-state, too has a nature reserve that is acknowledged as a site of international importance." Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR), on the north coast of Singapore Island is now an East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Network Site. This means that SBWR is recognised as a site of international importance for migratory waterbirds. A certificate was presented to SBWR to signify its formal entry into the network at the Official Launch of Countdown to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve's tenth anniversary on 7 December 2002. An international co-operative effort developed in 1996 and coordinated by Wetlands International and supported by governments, conventions and non-government organisations, the East Asian-Australasian Shorebird Site Network raises the awareness on the importance of wetland areas for shorebirds and promotes activities for their conservation. SBWR joins 30 others sites from 9 other countries in this network - Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Russian Federation - including Australia's Kakadu National Park, China's Mai Po and Japan's Yatsu Tidal Flats. Through this network, SBWR will share research information and resources with its international counterparts. The ceremony was officiated by Guest-of-Honour Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of State (Ministry of National Development). Also in attendance were Prof. Leo Tan, Chairman of National Parks, and Mr Eric Gill, General Manager and CEO of HSBC. In his speech, Dr Balakrishnan said, "I am pleased to know that the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will be recognised as a site of international importance for migratory birds. To mark this, Wetlands International will be presenting a certificate to NParks to acknowledge Sungei Buloh's entry into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. Sungei Buloh will join the ranks of other internationally sites recognised for the conservation of shorebirds, such as Australia's Kakadu National Park, China's Yellow River Delta and Japan's Yatsu Tidal Flats. It is heartening to know that Singapore, despite being a small and urbanised city-state, too has a nature reserve that is acknowledged as a site of international importance."

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