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Sat 02 Dec 2006

Chek Jawa Boardwalk - site visit for the work in progress

Category : Singapore Naturalist

Joseph Lai first highlighted the fact of Chek Jawa's marine wonderland to the nation, a fact the community readily acknowledges. He went on to lead a biodiversity assessment exercise and produced a detailed document which helped to defer reclamation at Chek Jawa.

In this photo, he smiles at the old warning sign as he returns to House No. 1. Old memories, and an indication of changing fortunes of Chek Jawa, which was once doomed, along with eastern and southern Ubin, to extinction by land reclamation. Walking ahead, is How Choon Beng, who led the site visit, and one of Chek Jawa's present stewards.

This photo was taken by visiting Herpnet programmer Aaron Steele who didn't know them beyond the fact they are some friendly guys. Well, they are, but...

The Chek Jawa Working Group and other stakeholders visited Chek Jawa for a site visit of ongoing works on 30 Nov 2006 [see ["Out on the Boardwalk." By Ria Tan. Ubin Volunteers, 02 Dec 2006]. Despite the fact I still make presentations about Chek Jawa and attend meetings about works there, I have hardly been back since 2003 when I stopped conducting field workshops.

So each step there is loaded with memories.

I took some initial shots when we landed but then asked Aaron to take on camera duty as we entered the village - I figured he'd enjoy capturing the still unique nature of the island and the discussion. And it was helpful too as it allowed me interact more freely.

He readily adopted the fire-at-will approach and we have 174 photos of the day. I will upload the lot to the Habitatnews Flickr account later, add Toddycat Chen Kee's photos, and put up a post in Habitatnews with links to these and Ria's account. And perhaps, some words of my own.

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