2006 News Updates
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3Rs Award Competition
The '3Rs Award Competition' or formerly known as the 'Waste Recycling Competition' is organised annually by the National Environment Agency (NEA), Nan Hua High School, Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore (PCS). The objective of the competition is to educate students on the need to work towards zero waste by practising the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools and will commence from 24 Mar 06 and end on 31 Aug 06. To participate, please complete the registration form and fax it to NEA by 13 Apr 06.
Click here to download the application forms [Primary] [Secondary]
Click here to download the Project Report template
World Meteorological Day 2006
World Meteorological Day (WMD) commemorates the creation of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 23 March 1950. Each year on 23 March, events are held by the World Meteorological Organization and its 187 Members, as well as meteorological communities worldwide to raise public awareness and understanding of the key meteorological related issues that could affect lives and business activities. For the year 2006, the theme 'Preventing and mitigating natural disasters' was chosen. The choice is made in recognition of the fact that 90% of all natural hazards are related to weather, climate and water and the vital role played by the national meteorological and hydrological services and by WMO in contributing to prevention, preparedness and mitigation of natural disasters and environmental emergencies.
Seminar and Exhibition at NLB Central
The Meteorological Services Division (MSD) of the National Environment Agency is working in partnership with NLB to hold the WMD 2006 Event at the central National Library Board building at Victoria Street on 23 and 24 Mar 06. The event will comprise a half day seminar on 23rd Mar 06 cum a 2 day exhibition on 23rd and 24th Mar 06. The seminar will feature talks by experts from tertiary institution, industry and MSD on the detection and protective technologies for natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons, recent case studies and lessons learnt for general public and businesses who travel to/invest in regions that could be vulnerable to such disasters. The invited speakers would include:
(1) Professor Pan Tso Chien Dean, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Topic: Protective Technology for Buildings /Structures against Earthquakes
(2) Dr. Mathias Franke Seismologist and Manager, Open System Solutions. Kinemetrics Inc.
Topic: A New Real-time Earthquake Acquisition and Processing System at MSD
(3) Major Kadir Maideen Bin Mohd Commander of the Singapore Civil Defence Force's elite team - Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team
Topic: Response to Natural Disasters - Operation Lion Heart
4) Mr. Lam Keng Gaik Chief Meteorological Officer in charge of operations at MSD's Main Meteorological Office at Changi Airport
Topic: Tropical Cyclones; the necessary conditions the formation and the impacts.
The seminar would be held at the NLB Central 5th floor Seminar Room on 23 Mar from 3:30 to 6:00 pm. Places are limited to 100 participants and would be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Click here to register
The 2-day exhibition will cover various aspects of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and floods and an overview of NEA (MSD)'s roles and services to assist the public, businesses and public sector agencies in these areas. There will also be one or more interactive exhibits, showcase of a school project from the National Weather Study Project and an exhibit on real-time weather satellite receiving system. The target audience for the exhibition are the tertiary institutions, industry and the general public. The exhibition will be held on 23-24 Mar at the 9th floor of NLB Central.
The National Environmental Agency (NEA) in partnership with the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) and major retailers/supermarkets such as Carrefour, Cold Storage, IKEA, NTUC FairPrice, Prime and Sheng Siong would be launching a 'Why Waste Plastic Bags, Choose Reusable Bags' campaign. The event would be launched by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, on 11 Feb 06 at Parkway Parade Shopping Centre. The objective of the campaign is to raise public and consumers' awareness on the environmental challenges posed by the excessive use of plastic bags, and to encourage them to use reusable bags instead of plastic bags for their shopping .
NEA has produced four campaign posters and would be sending a set of the posters to each school. We would like to seek the school's support in the campaign by putting up the posters within the school's premise and to serve as education materials for the students. You can view the posters here