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  • Lena Chan

    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.

    March 27, 2017

    What are we trying to accomplish with biophilic cities? What are ambitious goals and targets, and measures of success?
    Pippin Anderson, Cape Town
    Tim Beatley, Charlottesville
    Lena Chan, Singapore
    Paul Downton, Melbourne
    Ian Douglas, Manchester
    Dusty Gedge, London
    David Goode, Bath
    Bram Gunther, New York
    Chris Ives, Nottingham
    Tania Katzschner, Cape Town
    Steve Maslin, Bristol
    Peter Newman, Perth
    Phil Roös, Geelong
    Eric Sanderson, New York
    Jana Söderlund, Perth
    Fleur Timmer, Bristol
    Chantal van Ham, Brussels
    Mike Wells, Bath
    Ken Yeang, Kuala Lumpur

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    October 5, 2016

    If You Build It, They Will Come: Modifying Coastal Structures for Habitat Enhancement
    Nhung Nguyen, Singapore
    Karenne Tun, Singapore
    Lena Chan, Singapore

    Since the founding of modern Singapore in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, the small island nation has developed from a sleepy fishing village into a modern day metropolis, and has lived up to the adage, “if you build it, they...

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    October 28, 2015

    Singapore’s 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

    “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

    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, Nottingham
    Tori Kjer, Los Angeles
    Kathryn Lwin, London
    Pierre-André Martin, Rio de Janeiro
    Colin Meurk, Lincoln
    Toni Pujol, Barcelona
    Glenn Stewart, Christchurch
    Marten Wallberg, Stockholm
    Na Xiu, Uppsala & Xi’an
    Irene Guida, Venice

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    April 27, 2014

    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

    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

    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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