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Nature is Changing: Copenhagen and beyond – what does it mean for Asia?

Nature is Changing: Copenhagen and beyond – what does it mean for Asia?
 
Date/Time: Nov 11, 2009 / 5.00pmto7.00pm
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772
 

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You are cordially invited to attend public lecture with experts from the International Union of Conservation of Nature, hosted by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Indochine.

Event title: Nature is Changing: Copenhagen & Beyond – What does it mean for Asia?
Date/Time: 11 Nov 2009, 5-7pm
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Auditorium, Level 3 Blk B, Faculty of Law, NUS Bukit Timah Campus, 469G Bukit Timah Road Singapore 259772
RSVP: Admission is free, but registration is required. To enable us to gauge attendance, do register online at http://www.siiaonline.org, or contact us 65164202/6134 or lkyspppl@nus.edu.sg.

SYNOPSIS

Nature is changing – more frequent and unpredictable violent storms, heat waves, forest fires, floods, droughts, retreating glaciers and ice sheets, rising sea levels – these are just a few examples of the impacts of Climate Change on the world today. As world leaders meet at the Conference of Parties in Copenhagen to agree on a global response to the problem, the whole world is grappling to understand what Climate Change means to us, and what we can do about it. 

In this dialogue, experts from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will explore the impacts of Climate Change on Asia’s people, economies and states. We will discuss issues affecting our environments from the Himalayas to the oceans. We will talk about the role of policy at global and national levels and its effectiveness in addressing these issues. Finally, we discuss the opportunities of nature-based solutions, and the positive actions Asian policy makers and the business community can take to improve Asia’s resilience to the impacts of Climate Change. Please come and discuss these topics with IUCN, raise your own concerns and explore possible responses to one of the most important issues affecting our lives today.

Programme Schedule: 

PROGRAMME
5.00-5.30 Registration
5.30-6.15 In Conversation with guests from the International Union for Conservation of Nature
Moderated by Assoc. Prof. Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs,
and Schwartz Fellow, Asia Society
6.15-7.00 Q&A session

Speaker(s): 

Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji
IUCN Asia Regional Director

Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji has dedicated 20 years of her professional career to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Aban first joined IUCN as the Country Representative for Pakistan in 1988 for 11 years before initiating the establishment of an IUCN Asia Regional Office in Bangkok. Today, as the Director of IUCN Asia Regional Office she provides strategic leadership across ten countries and two expert groups covering a wide spectrum of thematic environmental programmes. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in negotiating with governments in implementing international treaties and conventions (CBD, CITES, and Ramsar). She maintains a special interest in gender, social equity and security, to the extent of undertaking programme activities in politically less secure areas where other environmental organizations have found it difficult to work.

Dr. T. P. Singh, Ph.D
Regional Group Head, Ecosystems and Livelihoods, Bangkok

Dr. Singh is responsible for the development and management of IUCN’s regional programmes related to the areas of Forests, Wetlands & Water, Environmental law, Protected Areas, Business & Biodiversity, Climate Change and Energy. He is also involved in developing IUCN’s new country programmes in India and Indonesia. Dr. Singh has three decades of experience in the natural resource management sector. Trained initially in botany and forestry, Dr. Singh's technical and research skills are interdisciplinary in nature covering sustainable development, community based natural resource management, rural livelihood systems, watershed management, forestry and climate change and policy analysis.

Mr. Ganesh Pangare
Water and Wetlands Programme Coordinator, IUCN Asia

Ganesh Pangare is the Coordinator for the Water and Wetlands Program, IUCN, Asia Regional Office. His main area of work during the past twenty years has been in people‐centered water interventions, such as indigenous water harvesting systems, micro‐watershed management, participatory irrigation management, urban water bodies, and wastewater management. Currently his main thrust of work is in the area of pro‐poor water sector reforms and policy at local, national, regional and global levels for livelihood and food security, with a focus on primary stakeholder participation.

Mr. Dorjee Sun
CEO, Carbon Conservation

Dorjee Sun is CEO of Carbon Conservation and is passionate about forests, community development, conservation and climate change. He started Carbon Conservation to finance the preservation of tropical rainforests and provide carbon credit revenues to local communities via avoided deforestation.

Co-organised by:

Singapore Institute of International Affairs

he Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) is a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to the research, analysis and discussion of regional and international issues. Our range of research and events – funded by foundations, membership subscriptions and corporate sponsorship – reaches out to policy-makers, business leaders, professionals and youth. For more information, please visithttp://www.siiaonline.org

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is Asia’s premier public policy school, where outstanding scholars, public officials and students from all over the world gather to study, research and exchange ideas on how Asian countries can be best governed through effective policy making and implementation. The school aims to educate and train a new generation of globally minded policymakers and leaders from the public and private sectors, who would help transform Asia by raising the standards of governance in the continent in the 21st century. For more details, please visit www.lkyspp.nus.edu.sg

International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organizations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 professional staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. The Union’s headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland. IUCN’s Asia Regional Office is located in Bangkok Thailand. Learn more at: www.iucn.org

Indochine Group

Founded by entrepreneur Michael Ma in late 1999, the IndoChine Group of bars, restaurants, clubs, cafés, hotel and resort is a unique reflection of contemporary Asian lifestyle that is synonymous for its authentic ‘nutriceutical’ cuisine, award winning designs, prominent events and internationally famed parties. Apart from the 15 outlets in Singapore, IndoChine has establishments in KL, Malaysia; Hamburg, Germany and most recently, Jakarta. This is in addition to the latest hotel and villa resort development located in Kalim Bay, Phuket. Extremely popular with the business leaders, shakers and movers, guests are offered more than just a bevy of stylish and sophisticated eateries; they are presented with an exciting and inimitable holistic lifestyle, fun and meaningful experience. The IndoChine Group is fast growing to become an international lifestyle group with plans currently, to expand further in the Asia Pacific region, as well as into the Middle East and Europe.

About the IndoChine Green Festival

The IndoChine Festival was first organized to provide friends of IndoChine Group from around the world to come together for business, fun and for a meaningful reason – opportunities in which to network and establish potential business partnerships can develop since IndoChine Group likes to see itself as facilitor for fun and business through a superb line-up of convivial activities. In the last few years, an esteemed guestlist comprising royalty, celebrities, well-known business personalities and socialites have come together for this prestigious event held in the Lion City. For the past three years, our Guest of Honour has been Dr Ashok Khosla, President of Club of Rome and IUCN. Thanks to strong relationship between Dr Ashok Khosla and IndoChine Group, IndoChine is now taking the lead to help to transform the world through meaningful green business and fair trade by organising events where business leaders can meet scientists to develop sustainable business and give hope for the world. IndoChine has also been asked by the UN to help with their countdown campaign for Copenhagen – Hopenhagen. IndoChine Group believes music and art can transform and unite everybody on this earth to create peaceful and meaningful experiences whereby we all can breathe fresh air and have clean water – and where poverty belongs to history!



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