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New WWF presence in Singapore


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17 Mar 2006, Singapore In the presence of WWFs President Emeritus, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, WWF officially opened the doors of its newest office in the Asian city-state of Singapore, adding to the global conservation organzations presence in the region.

WWF is already active in 21 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the worlds more most biologically and culturally diverse areas. The new WWF Singapore office will provide a hub to support WWFs programmes across the region, and will enable programme-led partnerships with business and industry to be established.

"Working with government, business, other NGOs and the local Singapore community, WWF aims to spearhead efforts to build the regions expertise in planning and managing natural resources wisely, and thereby contribute significantly towards Singapores growing status as a regional focal point, said Dr Isabelle Louis, Director of WWFs Asia-Pacific Programme.

The WWF office in Sinagpore will also undertake education and outreach environmental programmes, facilitate dialogue on corporate social responsibility, and explore innovative financing for environmental sustainability.

WWF will join over 40 major international organizations and non-governmental organizations that have established their regional headquarters here, said Kenneth Tan, Services Cluster Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

"Its presence is expected to contribute to developing Singapore as a regional platform for leadership in the environmental technology and services sector through its industry collaborations as well as high profile events organized here.



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