Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy & Management, 9-11 November 2016, Singapore

2016 is a year of milestones – The NUS Law School’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Two degree programs focusing on the environment – the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) also celebrate their 15th and 5th Anniversaries respectively. To celebrate, APCEL, MEM and BES are coming together from 9-11 November 2016 with a line-up of distinguished speakers who will share their expertise and insights on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One such speaker is the inspiring oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle! An avid underwater explorer, she continues to inspire generations of the importance of up keeping a healthy marine ecosystem. Her stories of exploration underwater and how she used modern technologies (such as underwater submersibles) to take people under the sea to show them the beauty of the oceans. We were thrilled to have this opportunity to attend her talk in this conference.

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Another highlight of the conference is the discussion of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 – Life Below Water (Sustainable Oceans), which focused on the existing international legal framework in the protection of marine biodiversity and resources.

Dr. Youna Lyons, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, NUS

The session began with Dr. Youna Lyons providing the foundation of current international legal framework, treaties and agreements that looks at the protection of marine biodiversity, resources and habitats. Ms Denise Cheong later presented an example of such case using the highly endangered giant clams of the South China Sea. (That’s our work! 🙂 )

Ms Denise Cheong, Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, NUS

Thanks to Dr. Youna Lyons, Ms. Denise Cheong, and Ms. Wong Hiu Fung, I had the opportunity to extensively discuss and share my research work on the giant clams in helping to support legal arguments. The synergy of how scientific knowledge could help to inform and support legal framework, and therefore push ahead with policy makes this collaboration an exciting one! And of course, a very meaningful work that will hopefully come to fruition given the arduous nature of geopolitics. I can’t share very much about the research yet, as the group of us will be writing this up! 😀 Stay tune…