Marine ecosystems play a critical role in climate change mitigation and biodiversity.
For climate change mitigation, tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrasses help sequester excess carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon captured and stored in marine habitats is known as blue carbon.
For biodiversity, marine ecosystems provide many non-climatic benefits too. Mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrasses are critical along the coastal areas in supporting water quality and healthy fisheries.
Changes to our marine ecosystems can therefore have significant negative impacts on people and communities. The conservation, protection and restoration of marine ecosystems become sustainability priorities for the maritime industry.
Who, and how the maritime industry in Singapore and Southeast Asia is contributing to blue carbon and the value of marine biodiversity will be discussed by panellists representing the industry. The moderated discussion will address possible tensions and trade-offs around:
1. How can we ensure that corporations value biodiversity, in particular marine biodiversity, and see investment in it worthwhile?
2. How can the maritime industry leverage and provide robust and accurate data to enable biodiversity outcomes?
3. How can we increase collaboration and partnerships?
4.00 pm Registration Opens / Webinar Waiting Room opens
4.35 pm Welcome remarks by Yeoh El Lynn, Prudential Singapore
4.45 pm Introduction of Panellists
4.50 pm Panel Discussion Moderated by Jessica Cheam, Eco-Business
5.30 pm Q&A
6:00 pm Closing Remarks by EuroCham
6:05 pm Drinks and networking
7.00 pm Ends
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme content without giving prior notification or any reasons thereof.
Dr Siti Maryam Yaakub
Head of Projects for Nature-based and Climate Solutions
Dr Siti Maryam Yaakub is a marine ecologist and works across tropical marine and coastal habitats. Her work and research interests broadly lie in the areas of ecosystem restoration, and nature-based solutions for adaptation and mitigation in marine environments. Dr Siti is currently Head of Projects for Nature-based and Climate Solutions with the DHI Group, where she leads the implementation of digital products in nature-based and green-grey solutions. She has a deep affection for seagrass meadows and is a passionate advocate for investing in nature to maximise positive outcomes and benefits for communities, biodiversity and the planet.
CEO and Co-Founder
Jonathan is CEO and co-founder of Adatos a Singapore-based remote sensing company that uses advanced AI to analyse large amounts of satellite data for carbon projects and agriculture. Adatos has recently completed a pre-feasibility study on a 300,000 ha mangrove project and is currently providing analysis for inclusion in the PDD. The company also has
extensive capabilities in remote peat depth and AGB measurement.
Jonathan was a banker for 25 years and in 2007 founded his own hedge fund to invest in events related to climate change. He is married with 2 grown-up children living overseas.
Prof Adam Switzer
Associate Professor, Asian School of the Environment
Director, Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA)
Assistant Dean (Development), College of Science, Asian School of the Environment
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Adam Switzer holds concurrent positions as Associate Professor at the Asian School of the Environment, Assistant Dean (Development) at the College of Science, Director of Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) and Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS). He is a broadly trained coastal geoscientist and the overarching driver of his research is driven by a desire to apply interdisciplinary geoscience to solve contemporary problems at local, regional and international scales.
His main research interest lies in the study of catastrophic marine inundation events (tsunamis or large storms), sea level changes, coral reefs and tropical coasts and investigating the relationship between tectonics and climate change in coastal systems. After obtaining a BSc and PhD in Geosciences from the University of Wollongong, Australia he accepted an Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong fellowship to study at The University of Hong Kong where he held positions as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor.
Adam is an internationally recognized expert in coastal science. In the field of coastal hazards, Adam has pioneered the study of storm and tsunami deposits with studies in Australia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. Here, he focuses on the use of geophysical techniques like GPR and the sedimentary study of sand and boulders deposited by tsunamis and storms. His Quaternary geology work focuses on the coastal evolution of tropical coastal systems in Vietnam, Singapore and China where he uses geological techniques to reconstruct past environmental change and investigate the role of sea level change, climate variability and human influence on the evolution of tropical and sub-tropical coastal systems. His work on coral reefs and tropical coasts focuses on coral records of environmental change including the study of past ocean changes, pollutants, storm and tsunami events and heavy metal sedimentation.
His research program at the Earth Observatory of Singapore aims to facilitate the development of safer and more sustainable communities in Asia. His research group focuses on Asia and currently involves collaborations with people from ten Asian nations.
Adam is a former Executive Council member of the Asia Oceania Geoscience Society and he has been PI or Co-I on 17 grants in Singapore (worth >$17.5M). He has authorship on >95 peer-review publications. He is a founding editor of the Journal Communications Earth and Environment from Nature. Adam is also passionate about science communication and has appeared in documentaries for Mediacorp (Singapore), Curiosity Channel (Discovery) and BBC (UK) and delivered invited talks to numerous international venues including the World Economic Forum.
Founder and Managing Director
Jessica is the Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Business, Asia Pacific’s leading independent media and business intelligence organisation dedicated to sustainable development. She is recognised as a sustainability pioneer with two decades of experience in media, sustainable development and ESG issues globally.
She is a regular columnist for national newspapers and is on the Board of Directors for Singapore-listed ComfortDelGro, one of the world’s largest land transport companies, as an independent non-executive director. She chairs the Group’s Board Sustainability Committee, and is a member of the Audit & Risk; and Digitalisation Committees.
She holds the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing and the INSEAD Certificate of Corporate Governance. She is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), and serves as its ESG committee member. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia and the UK’s Institute of Directors.
Jessica specialises in advising the Boards of a wide range of organisations on ESG strategy. She was a Singapore Press Holdings scholar and has been recognised in many regional and international journalism and sustainability awards, including Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards, Gen.T List List 2021 and LinkedIn’s Power Profiles, and is frequently invited to speak at and host discussions across the globe on her areas of expertise.
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