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  Channel NewsAsia 29 Oct 06
Opening of Pulau Ubin Volunteer Hub will boost nature conservation
By Julia Ng, Channel NewsAsia

Nature conservation and outreach efforts on Pulau Ubin got a boost on Saturday with the opening of the $250,000 Ubin-HSBC Volunteer Hub.

The one-stop centre for Pulau Ubin was set up in recognition of the dedication and efforts of the volunteers.

It is jointly set up by the National Parks Board and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. HSBC contributed S$800,000 to the Pulau Ubin Conservation Fund last year and S$250,000 of the sum went to setting up the Volunteer Hub. The rest of the donation will be used for nature conservation, outreach and research initiatives on Pulau Ubin.

Pulau Ubin welcomes some 300,000 visitors a year and many got to enjoy guided walks and events - thanks to a dedicated group of 200 volunteers and others like the Nature Society, the Green Volunteers Network, and Pedal Ubin.

In the last six years, the number of volunteers on Pulau Ubin has grown nine fold.

With the Hub, volunteers can now tap into the resource centre, which is stocked with reference and multimedia materials on conservation research. It also has a lounge and seminar rooms for volunteers to gather for training and networking.

The HSBC Care-For-Nature Stamp Series was also launched on Saturday by Minister of State for National Development Grace Fu. The series features the native wildlife of Singapore like the Common Palm Civet, the Common Flying Dragon, the Black-spotted Sticky Frog, and the Common Tiger Butterfly. - CNA/ch

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