This survey is
to be conducted by members of the public, in the same spirit of the
Chek Jawa transects 2001 and 2004.
Chek Jawa Transect
This transect was conceived and led by Joseph Lai. Nearly 70 people
from all walks of life turned up to conduct the transect. At that
time, we did not know that the reclamation would be postponed. It
was thought that this would be last documentation of Chek Jawa. Results
of the transect data about
the marine plants found there
Chek Jawa Transect 2004 Led by Loh Tse-Lynn and Zeehan Jaafar,
the transect replicate the methods used in the 2001 Chek Jawa transect
and aimed to compare results that may aid in future decision-making
of the area. The 2004 transect also hopes to be part of a long-term
study of the area. The transect also gave Chek Jawa enthusiasts a
chance to experience first-hand data collection and make a difference
in a cause that they believe in. More than 60 volunteers from all
walks of life turned up for training and to conduct the transect.
The transect will provide valuable data on Chek Jawa.
Semakau Survey 2005
Led by Zeehan Jaafar and Loh Tse-Lynn, the survey aims to compile
a list of the plants present in the mangroves of the island. After
the reclamation of part of Semakau and establishment of the landfill,
no surveys were carried out. This baseline data will aid in future
research and management of the area. The survey brings together mangrove
and marine experts and enthusiasts. The survey also hopes to give
ordinary people a chance to experience first-hand data collection
and make a difference in a cause that they believe in.
In addition to the mangrove survey, we were joined by Prof Teh Tiong
Sa and his team (Dr Raju, Hui Boon, Zaki) who did a GIS mapping of
Semakau; and Siti and her team who did a survey of the seagrass area
survey is a non-denominational effort by ordinary people who just
want to do what they can as individuals to add to information about
our rich shores.
It is funded by personal donations by the survey participants, and
made possible by the kind logistical and ground support of the National
See photos of the survey!
Trekking on 'Trash'
photos and story done during the survey
by Teh Jen Lee, photos by Mohd Ishak
The New Paper, 16 Jul 05