[URBANTH-L]SEAGA Conference 2006, Sustainability and Southeast Asia

WONG Tai Chee (HSSE) tcwong at nie.edu.sg
Fri Feb 17 18:13:26 EST 2006

Dear geographers/social sciences colleagues

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 Please visit http://www.seaga.co.nr/ for details

SEAGA Conference 2006
Sustainability and Southeast Asia
28 to 30 Nov 2006
@ Nanyang Girls High School, Singapore
Special Colloquium for Educators on 29 Nov 2006
Jointly Organised by
SEAGA, the Southeast Asian Geography Association, celebrates its 16th year as an association of geographers and professionals in related fields like history, the geo and environmental sciences, urban planning and others in academia, education, government and the private sector in the region, in 2006. The SEAGA Conference 2006 is also the 8th conference that is being organised since the association was established in 1990. 
SEAGA is inviting trans-disciplinary perspectives of sustainability from scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers and teachers. The aim is to debate the progress which the Southeast Asian region has made towards sustainability. Such assessment concerns national governments, local processes in cities and the agricultural areas as well as the business sector. This debate should translate the concept of sustainability into terms relevant for all who have worked to advance the cause. Sustainability is however, a contested concept and there is an urgent need to provide the terms upon which citizens and governments alike, consumers and producers can engage effectively with processes of realising the goals that have been set.
Conference Theme
Sustainability and Southeast Asia is the conference theme in 2006 and we are inviting multidimensional perspectives of sustainability from scholars, policy makers and entrepreneurs as well as researchers and teachers. The aim of the conference is to debate the progress that has been made towards sustainability in the Southeast Asian region - by national governments, in cities and the agricultural areas and among its businesses. This debate should begin with the translation of the concept of sustainability into terms relevant for interested parties and vested interests. While recognising that sustainability is a contested concept, there is nonetheless the urgent need to provide the terms upon which citizens and governments alike, consumers and producers can engage effectively with processes of realising the goals set.

Second Call for Papers
This is a second call for papers on the following sub-themes within the larger area of sustainability in Southeast Asia. Abstracts of papers are to be sent to SEAGA Conference Organising Committee at seaga at nie.edu.sg by 31 May 2006.

Session Titles
1        Sustainable Development and the Southeast Asian Agenda
·        Global changes and local vulnerabilities
·        Relevance of sustainability in Southeast Asian development
·        Sustainability and the ASEAN way?
2        Sustainability and Education
·        Eco-education and relevance in Southeast Asian development
·        Environmental education in schools and institutes of learning
3        Economic growth, competitiveness and sustainable development
·        Global and regional competition
·        National and local responses
·        Environmental justice
4        Sustainability and Society
·        Social justice and Southeast Asian society
·        Multi-ethnicity and issues of social cohesion
·        The nation-building project in Southeast Asia
·        Social differences and disparities
·        Globalisation and social fragmentation
5        Politics, policies and sustainability
·        Governance and sustainable development
·        Public policies, environmental agendas and ecological protection
6        Population, carrying capacities and ecological footprints
·        Growth Trends and implications for sustainability
·        Distribution and resources
·        Consumption patterns and societies in Southeast Asia 
7        Cities and sustainable development
·        Urbanisation trends and implications
·        Can cities be sustainable?
·        Human ecology and the urban eco-system
8       Health and development issues 
·        Health care delivery and affordability
·        Regional vulnerability to viral infections
9       Nature, culture and society
·        Nature-society relations in Southeast Asia
·        Environmental agendas and cultures
·        Technology, culture and Southeast Asian societies
10        Securing water supplies
·        Transboundary water management 
·        Population growth, climate change, terrorism and water security
·        Flow regulation of rivers and aquatic ecosystems 
11        Living with natural hazards 
·        Managing risks from natural hazards
·        Storm surges, flooding and emergency management in coastal cities
·        Developing an Indian Ocean tsunami warning system
12        Karst geomorphology
·        Landscape evolution and karst
·        Hydrogeology
·        Unique ecosystems and their conservation
13       Remote sensing and GIS: their contribution to environmental 			management in Southeast Asia 
·        Land use planning 
·        Integrated environmental management systems 
·        Fire management 
·        Monitoring 
14        SE Asia and environmental management
·        Regulatory vs voluntary frameworks
·        Capacity-building for environmental management
·        Response to Kyoto Protocol: ASEAN, national, corporate
·        Regional innovation
15        Agriculture and sustainable development in SE Asia
·        Tree crops, commercial forestry, shifting cultivation and fire 		management
·        Land use conflict resolution
·        GMOs in SE Asia
·        Environmental impacts of irrigation
16       Tourism and its role in sustainable development
·        Eco-tourism and its impact on ecosystems
·        Cultural tourism and the preservation of historic buildings...

Participants who register before 31 July 2006 qualify for an early bird registration fee. The registration package includes conference proceedings, lunches, tea and coffee breaks as well as a book publication on Geographies of a Changing World: Global Issues of the Early 21st Century.

Registration before 31 July 2006 	SGD$300	   
Registration after 31 July 2006	SGD$400	   
Registration for ASEAN participants/participants from developing countries	SGD$160	   
Teacher (Singapore) registration	SGD$250	   
Student registration	SGD$100	 
Registration includes daily two tea breaks, lunch, conference kit with conference papers and a book, 'Geographies of a Changing World: Global Issues of the Early 21st Century'. 
An administrative charge of SGD$50 will be charged for cancellation/ withdrawal of registration before October 2006. 
No cancellations/withdrawals are possible after 1st October 2006. 
Register now at http://www.seaga.co.nr/seaga2006.htm

Hotel Accommodation
There is a range of different types of hotels, budget and luxury, as well as heritage and new places in various locations. Listed below are some hotels that we have negotiated special rates for. Please contact them directly via the internet.

Copthorne Orchid Hotel Singapore
214 Dunearn Road Singapore 299526
tel: +65 6415 6000  fax: +65 6250 9292  reservation: +65 6415 6029/6030
Email: rsvn at copthorneorchid.com.sg
Garden Hotel Singapore
14 Balmoral Road
Singapore 259800

Hotel Asia Singapore
37 Scotts Road
228229 Singapore 
Phone : (65) 67378388
Fax : (65) 67333563

Sheraton Towers Singapore
39 Scotts Road  Singapore 228230  Singapore
Phone (65) 6737 6888  Fax (65) 6737 1072
Email: sheraton.towers.singapore at sheraton.com

Conference Hostel
For foreign delegates who want to truly experience Singapore in a School Hostel setting, we have arranged for some hostel rooms at Nanyang Girls High School.
SGD34 nett per night per person for 3-4 sharing rooms with attached bathroom and toilet. Rooms come with air-conditioning. Price includes breakfast, dinner and supper. 
For those interested, please send in your application to us via email and we will contact you for details.
Here are some photographs of the hostel.

Click here to find out more about our one day colloquium.
Conference Fieldtrips and Post-Conference Tours 
A number of field-trips and post-conference tours have been scheduled. 
-        Visit to a new town and Singapore's heartlanders and heartlands
-        Walking historical tour of the civic and cultural district
-        Rainforest skywalk in a global city

Post-Conference Tours
-        Ho Chi Minh City - the transition and beyond
-        Batam and/or Bintan - whatever happened to the growth triangle?

Accompanying Persons' Programme
-        Ethnicity and Singapore - tours of Little India, Kampung Glam and 		Chinatown
-        Art, Culture and the Galleries and Museums of Singapore
-        One of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the World
Organising Committee
Chair	A/P Ooi Giok Ling	   
Secretary	As/P Chang Chew Hung	   
Treasurer	A/P Kalyani Chatterjea	   
Programme	A/P Wong Tai Chee	   
 		A/P Elizabeth Bui	   
Logistics	Ms  Lian lay Cheng	   
Publicity	Ms Esther Cheong	   
Fieldtrips	As/P Yan Liu	   
Advisor	Prof. Goh Kim Chuan	 

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