The Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS, is a totally non-government, non-profit organization, registered as a Society (ROS0235.1954/CAS), as a Charity (Reg. No 2082) and as an Institution of Public Character (IPC 000639). It is dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. Inaugurated in 1954 as the Singapore branch of the Malayan Nature Society, it then metamorphosed into the Nature Society (Singapore) in 1991.
Run by elected and volunteer members, the Society depends financially on subscriptions and donations from its members, sales from its publications as well as donations companies, institutions and individuals.
Regular activities include guided local nature walks, slide talks and overseas eco-trips. These can be of either general nature interest or specialist in relation to birds, other vertebrates, butterflies, plants, and intertidal or marine zones. The Singapore Bird Race is in its 26th year, and a programme of regular island-wide censuses of birds is now in its twentieth year. Most activities are for older teenagers and adults, but the Society also has monthly Fun with Nature programmes for youngsters aged 5 – 9 years, and a related sponsored programme for primary schools. Activities are announced in its Nature News newsletter every two months, whilst it also produces a quarterly magazine, Nature Watch. Read more
WaterWays Watch Society (WWS) is a volunteer society formed since 1997. As a Non-Government Organisation (NGO), our society has been working very closely with government agencies like PUB, NEA and most recently NParks in the engagement and education of people on the need to keep our waterways clean and litter-free (in particular the Singapore River). Our mission as a volunteer organisation is to focus on education and developing awareness on the need for a clean environment.
Our activities include presentations/talks to the general public, corporates, community groups, especially schools, with participation in events like Clean and Green Week, International Coastal Clean-Up, World Water Monitoring Day etc. Our volunteer members, now over 130 strong, perform regular weekend Boat and Bicycle Patrols covering the Marina Reservoir. The long-term plan is to also extend our patrols on weekdays and the evenings. We also conduct environmental camps under our Camp Enviro-Awareness programme which is mainly catered for primary school students.
Achievements by our group have earned us endorsement from PUB and NEA and today, we work with NParks under their Park Watchers programme. We have been mentioned in Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s National Day Rally in November 2006 and presented with the President’s Environmental Award in the same year. In 2007, we were awarded the PUB’s Watermark Honorary Award for our work.
Address: Waterways Watch Society, 4876 Beach Road, Singapore 199587
In 1977, Dr Jane Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees. Today, the mission of the Jane Goodall Institute is to advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment for all living things. The Institute is a leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats and is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa and the Roots & Shoots education program in nearly 100 countries.
The Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore), known as JGIS and an affiliate of the Jane Goodall Institute headquartered in the United States, was officially established in Singapore on 24 September 2007. JGIS has already had numerous successes including:
- Expansion from 2 to 13 Roots & Shoots groups in schools in Singapore
- A widely publicized visit to Singapore in October – November 2007 by Dr Jane that started with a key note address at the NVPC conference and culminated in the Wildlife Stampede in the Singapore Botanic Gardens that attracted 1,500 participants
- Greater awareness and promotion activities to protect the environment, protect animals and help people
The goals of JGIS mirror the global JGI goals that include support for issues related to our relationship with each other, the environment and other animals as well as primate and habitat conservation. To make it even simpler, JGIS uses a shorthand goal that we say is to “Save the Planet”. JGIS activities are designed to support the key objectives of JGIS.
Roots & Shoots
Development and expansion of Roots & Shoots is a core activity for JGIS in 2008. JGIS plans to develop common themes for Roots & Shoots groups in order to encourage more cooperation among groups. An example would be focusing on Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, with groups sharing ideas on how to reduce, where to recycle or other practices. Themes chosen by students are likely to be most effective in galvanizing action.
As the number of R&S groups grows in Singapore, new groups can learn from established groups and established groups can build their leadership expertise by sharing best practices with the new groups. Processes will be set up for sharing of best practices with new groups by established groups. While many groups are in schools, Roots & Shoots companies and non-profit organizations can also form Roots & Shoots groups.
Other opportunities for R&S in 2008 include:
- Outreach programs to schools, supported by MOE, to sign up more schools
- Other activities designed to share best practices
- Student-led networking sessions among all schools or school clusters
- Participation in student conferences and leadership activities abroad
- Joint activities with other groups and potential expansion into other non-profit groups
Address: 140 Robinson Road #05-02, Singapore 068907
Tel: 6323 5188
Web site: www.janegoodall.org (Singapore site coming soon)
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Founded in 2003, ECO Singapore aims to challenge youth of age 17-35 to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and embrace environmental issues holistically. ECO Singapore actively drives and supports local and global environmental initiatives involving other environmental stakeholders. The organisation is run and managed mainly by volunteers in five departments: Forum Planning, International Affairs, Marketing and Communications, Publications and Research, and Volunteer Management and Development.
To be the leading environmental body advocating sustainable lifestyle for youth.
- To challenge youth of age 17-35 to adopt a sustainable lifestyle and embrace environmental issues holistically.
- To drive local and global environmental initiatives.
- To support environmental activities/initiatives as a resource platform involving other environmental stakeholders.
Our Activities and Projects
- Enrich! – education programme
- Express! – quarterly publication
- EcoHouse – model of sustainable housing
- Eco Shop – sale of environmentally friendly products
- Eco Packaging Movement – team-up with food sellers to use environmentally friendly packaging
- National Youth Environment Forum – youth-led dialogue
- DunkIt! – National Day Parade clean-up
- UN Commission on Sustainable Development – participant
- Asia Youth Environmental Network – secretariat
- Asia-Europe Foundation – country representative
Address: 87 Beach Road, Chye Sing Building #06-01, Singapore 189695
Fax: 6336 0959
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Established in 1995, the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) is the umbrella organisation for green groups in Singapore. The Council champions activities and needs of all who are concerned about protecting the environment. SEC core activities includes publicising key green issues, co-ordinating national projects and leading island-wide response to major environmental challenges. Over the years, SEC has given strength and bearing to the environmental movement here. The Council is an independently managed, non-government, non-profit organisation, with the status of an institution of public character.
SEC’s mission statement is to educate, inspire and assist individuals, business organisations and environmental groups to care for and protect the environment.
Some of SEC’s more prominent projects include the Climate Change Awareness Programme, Project Eco-Office, Singapore Environmental Achievement Awards, Schools’ Green Audit Awards and Green Transport Week. The quarterly magazine, Elements, seeks to increase readers’ awareness of environmental issues. In addition, SEC also boosts of a strong volunteer arm – the Green Volunteers Network (GVN) – which translates awareness into action.
Address: 1 Cluny Road, House No. 3, Singapore 259569
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