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    Lena Chan

    Lena Chan is the Director of the National Biodiversity Centre (NBC), National Parks Board of Singapore. She leads a team of 30 officers who are responsible for a diverse range of expertise relevant to biodiversity conservation. Some of the initiatives that Lena has been working on include a) the development of the City Biodiversity Index, also known as the Singapore Index on Cities’ Biodiversity, b) the Pulau Tekong Coastal Protection and Mangrove Enhancement project, c) infusing biodiversity into urban landscapes, d) biodiversity and health, and e) access and benefit-sharing of genetic resources. Her current official duties also include being the National Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a member of the Genetic Modification Advisory Committee of Singapore, a member of the Governing Board of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook of the CBD.

    October 28, 2015

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    Life in the Trees
    Geoffrey Davison, Singapore
    Lena Chan, Singapore

    Roadside trees are not merely roadside trees. Roadside trees are living condominiums, packed with other organisms. They are functioning communities, complete with food chains, predators and prey, nutrient capture, nutrient cycling and recycling, and an organisational hierarchy. They extend their...

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    May 31, 2015

    Festival of Biodiversity
    “Community in Nature”: Reconnecting Singapore’s Urbanites with Nature
    Lena Chan, Singapore
    Linda Goh, Singapore
    Samantha Lai, Singapore
    Boyi Zhou, Singapore

    In an increasingly urbanised world, there is a growing disconnect between the people who live in cities and the natural environment. Urbanites tend to have less contact with natural habitats and biodiversity than their country or rural counterparts, and in...

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    October 5, 2014

    Photo: SEGC CityLab Universidad de los Andes
    Do urban green corridors “work”? It depends on what we want them to do. What ecological and/or social functions can we realistically expect green corridors to perform in cities? What attributes define them, from a design and performance perspective?
    Diego Borrero, Cali
    Kelly Brenner, Seattle
    Lena Chan, Singapore
    Geoffrey Davison, Singapore
    Susannah Drake, New York City
    Marcus Hedblom, Uppsala
    Mark Hostetler, Gainesville
    Chris Ives, Lüneburg
    Tori Kjer, Los Angeles
    Kathryn Lwin, London
    Pierre-André Martin, Rio de Janeiro
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln, NZ
    Toni Pujol, Barcelona
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Marten Wallberg, Stockholm
    Na Xiu, Uppsala & Xi’an
    Irene Guida, Venice

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    April 27, 2014

    Coral nursery in Singapore Photo: National Parks Board of Singapore
    Marine Biodiversity Conservation in Coastal Cities: Tales from Singapore
    Lena Chan, Singapore

    The main picture prefacing the news article by Roger Harrabin on the BBC website on 8 April 2014 on the final draft report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was a stark black and white scene of strong...

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    April 21, 2013

    5_Grounds of KTPH Hospital, Singapore
    Windows with a Biodiversity View
    Lena Chan, Singapore

    Three books inspire me greatly.  They are (a) ‘Biophilia’ by E.O. Wilson, (b) ‘Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity’ by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein, and (c) ‘Biophilic Cities’ by Tim Beatley. Written almost thirty years ago, the...

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    November 18, 2012

    Aerial view of part of Singapore. Photo by Wong Tuan Wah.
    From International Committment to Local Action: The Singapore Experience
    Lena Chan, Singapore

    The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) currently has 193 Parties. It is indeed a challenge for each of the Parties, as a nation, to implement their commitments to an international convention like the CBD. How can each Party know how...

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