Professor Chou Loke Ming, a marine biologist with the National University of Singapore (NUS) said a concerted effort made now by the Government, business sector and those in civil society can reverse current trends towards extinction.
Speaking last Saturday at the second International Year of the Reef (IYOR2008) event, the pioneer conservationist said that to make this happen, ‘development agencies must treat reef protection as a real exercise and not just for public relations, and draw up improvement plans at the same time as their development plans’.
Before the latest study by NUS, scientists had thought at least 50 species had been lost to development work.
Prof Chou envisions a marine paradise by 2018, with many large young thriving reefs lining Singapore’s shores. He noted that restoration efforts had begun over the last decade.
Read more at – “Hope for coral reefs here,” by Shobana Kesava. The Straits Times, 16 Aug 2008.