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Here is more about Dr Raju in his own words ...
How did you first get involved in working for nature in Singapore?
First of all I want to thank Mr Joseph Lai who induced my first involvement in Singapore's nature. I met him along with a group of nature lovers and enthusiast's after a NSS evening talk at Ang Mo Kio library during May 2001. He introduced me to Chek Jawa where I was astonished with the rich biodiversity. Almost from that day started studying the biodiversity of Chek Jawa. Till today I have a special passion towards Chek Jawa (almost visiting every month) and extended further to other inter-tidal landforms around Singapore.
What do you get out of working for nature?
Nature is a part of everyone's life. As a responsible human being we need to conserve nature. It's a self satisfaction; at last we are going to be benefited.
What is your approach/personal motto in your work?
There is a lack of baseline mapping information on inter-tidal landforms of Singapore. Presently involved in identifying the gaps and establish it for the beneficiary of environmentalist, researchers and decision makers.
What are some of your current projects?
We are involved in establishing inter-tidal landforms of Singapore as high resolution maps depicting various landforms, habitats and their rich biodiversity for sustainable ecosystem management.
We are still in the process of collecting and building the data. Some of our works are showcased in my website on GIS maps of intertidal zones in Singapore.
Dr Raju is 37 and and he is currently a Research Fellow, Tropical Marine Science Institute. He volunteers his time and expertise to provide GIS data on volunteer-manned and -funded intertidal research and studies. He can be contacted via the TMSI website on their staff.
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