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Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"
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Chek Jawa as "contested landscape"

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A slide I thrown together for my class to introduce them to chek jawa and the concept of a contested landscape. This is quite an outright form. I definitely would have to do a better job if I really …

A slide I thrown together for my class to introduce them to chek jawa and the concept of a contested landscape. This is quite an outright form. I definitely would have to do a better job if I really want to tell the story of chek jawa

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  • this is quite an outdated slide which I did before I actually completed my research so the information needs updating.

    Massive positive media coverage was only after deferment. Prior to deferment the english press was not forward in publishing stories on chek jawa. however, there were much chinese media coverage prior to deferment.

    i need to update my slides!
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  • Another reason the place was not noticed before was due to the fact that private property was blocking access to the shore previously. After resettlement of the villagers, the shore is now accessible by 'trespassing' through previously private property!
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    • 1. CHEK JAWA, PULAU UBIN: Contested Landscape A brief introduction by November Tan
    • 2. Where is Pulau Ubin?
    • 3. Where is Chek Jawa? CHEK JAWA Pulau Sekudu Source: Chek Jawa Guidebook (2003)
    • 4.
      • An inter-tidal coastal area located on eastern tip of Pulau Ubin
      • “ A natural haven comprising of 6 distinct habitats - coastal forest, mangrove, sandy beach, sandflats, coral rubble and a tiny island named Pulau Sekudu”
      What is Chek Jawa?
    • 5.  
    • 6.
      • 1991 Revised Concept Plan, gazetted in the 1998 Master Plan puts Pulau Ubin in the North-East planning region as part of the North Eastern Islands Development Guide Plan (DGP), together with Pulau Tekong.
      A Brief History
    • 7.
      • Plans were in the works for reclamation to expand the islands by almost 80%.
      • “ Pulau Ubin and Tekong will grow from 2,800 hectares to 5,000 hectares, allowing them to hold 400,000 people. However, these islands will only be used for housing if the population goes above four million. They will be left in their natural state as far as possible.”
      A Brief History “ Singapore: Target - Private housing for a third of the population” The Business Times 13 Sep 1991
    • 8.
      • As part of the concept plan to provide land and housing, in February 2001, villages were resettled to make way for reclamation on Pulau Ubin
      • The $1.4 billion reclamation project was slated to begin in Dec 2001.
      Where’s the contestation?
    • 9.
      • Contestation between development and conservation
      • Conservationist, Joseph Lai, “discovered” Chek Jawa in Jan 2001
      • Known to villagers but not naturalists, why?
      • Local villagers not conservation-oriented
      • Naturalist groups mostly terrestrial or marine, inter-tidal overlooked
      • Mostly seen at low tide only
      Where’s the contestation?
    • 10. At High Tide…
    • 11. At Low Tide…
    • 12.
      • Many individuals and informal groups come together to raise awareness of Chek Jawa’s existence.
      • Scientific surveys and recommendations were given by independent scientists and conservationists
      • Public awareness was built through guided walks by scientists - to see the place before it’s lost forever
      • Public sentiments collected in “guest books” and petition by different groups; non-agressive
      • Outreach of the internet and mainstream media
      So what happened?
    • 13. Significance of Chek Jawa
      • The 1 st time in Singapore history that reclamation was deferred at the 11 th hour in favour of nature conservation
      • Decline of institutionalized groups and rise of collective individuals and widespread grassroots and public support
      • Massive positive media coverage and public awareness
      • Changing State environmental ideology
      NParks staff, volunteers and key individuals celebrating Chek Jawa’s reprieve on New Year Day 2002

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