Nature makes human development possible but our relentless demand for the earth’s resources is accelerating extinction rates and devastating the world’s ecosystems. Joyce Masuya, Acting Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Ecosperity Conversations: Special Edition

Biodiversity: An Essential Service

A report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in 2019 found that biodiversity and the health of our natural ecosystems are declining faster than at any time in human history. But why does this matter?

Nature provides vital contributions to people: the air, food and water which we need to survive, climate regulation, carbon sequestration and many more. As urbanisation increases, so too does the threat of encroachment on our biodiversity. The COVID-19 pandemic also serves as a timely reminder of our dysfunctional relationship with nature and wildlife today. 

Join our live webinar on 19 October 2020 (Monday), at 5:30pm (GMT+8) to discuss how biodiversity as an "essential service" may be better appreciated. Hear first-hand from Dr Daniel Friess, Associate Professor at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Dr Sonja Luz, Director of Conservation, Research & Veterinary Services at Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Dr Andie Ang, President of the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore), on:

  • How a healthy natural environment has strengthened the economic performance and liveability of Singapore;
  • How quantifying the economic and societal values of biodiversity can help incorporate nature into urban planning; and
  • Actionable steps that everyone can take to help conserve nature.

 


Registration is free. For more information on this special edition of Ecosperity Conversations, please contact us at ecosperity.convo@temasek.com.sg.

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Programme

19 OCT 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Live webinar (dial-in details will be sent to registered attendees only)

17:30 – 18:00
Biodiversity: An Essential Service
30 mins
Speakers
Speakers
Dr Daniel Friess speaker frame
Dr Daniel Friess

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Dr Sonja Luz speaker frame
Dr Sonja Luz

Director, Conservation, Research & Veterinary Services, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Dr Andie Ang speaker frame
Dr Andie Ang

President, Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)

18:00 – 19:00
Online Q&A with Audience
60 mins
Speakers and Moderator
Speakers
Dr Daniel Friess speaker frame
Dr Daniel Friess

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Dr Sonja Luz speaker frame
Dr Sonja Luz

Director, Conservation, Research & Veterinary Services, Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Dr Andie Ang speaker frame
Dr Andie Ang

President, Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)

Moderator
Cassandra Ng speaker frame
Cassandra Ng

Associate Manager, Temasek Foundation

About the speakers

Associate Professor, Department of Geography
National University of Singapore
Director, Conservation, Research & Veterinary Services
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
President
Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore)