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Visionary focus on sustainability has far reaching effect

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Kitida Mekani in the UWCSEA East Campus Rainforest Nursery that her gift helped to make a realityA family’s visionary focus on sustainability will have far reaching effects across Singapore, starting at UWCSEA. From the restoration of the rainforest nursery at Dover to the establishment of a new nursery at East, the generous gift of ‘The Rainforest Restoration Project’ from Foundation Trustee Kirtida Mekani and her husband, Bharat Mekani is growing into a College-wide sustainability initiative.

Since 2014, the nurseries, home to more than 600 endangered plant species have been running a restoration research project with partners Yale-NUS and Singapore Botanic Gardens. Student leaders at both campuses have been trained in data collection techniques and are now training new members of the project.

Spreading outreach to ensure maximum impact, the UWCSEA Rainforest Restoration teams also took part in the inaugural Singapore EarthFest 2015 – a festival celebrating all things eco-friendly. They took the opportunity to showcase their work and encourage organisations, as well as the wider public, to be involved in practical rainforest conservation in Singapore.

Through this wider outreach, the project capitalises on learning and educating opportunities – highlighting not only the importance of conserving our natural heritage but also the need to offer opportunities to young and old to be actively engaged in this essential work.

Going beyond UWCSEA, the long lasting impact continues as the project reaches out of Singapore – developing opportunities with the Singapore Botanic Gardens to expand the partnership into Cambodia and a research collaboration on environmental sustainability with the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre in Malaysia.

Moving forward, the project will further broaden the education and build essential conservation skills as well as knowledge base to a wider group of students – making environmental stewardship a significant part of every student’s education.

A gift to the College made this possible. If you would like to support more initiatives like this, please consider making a gift to UWCSEA

posted date: 
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 16:00