Public Lecture Calls for Laws to Combat Environmental Issues

UBD's Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (IBER) held a public lecture on 29th March 2017 at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) Building.

Professor David Koh, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of UBD was the guest of honour among those present at the lecture presented by Professor Lye Lin Heng from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Titled "Environmental Law, Policy, Governance and Management: Getting It Right", Professor Lye pointed out how human activities damage the environment by depleting natural resources, generating pollution and waste, accelerating the loss of forest and biological diversity, and threatening water supplies. As populations increase, so do these problems, especially in cities. And this calls for an environmental management system to which law is just a part of.

She highlighted the importance of policy as all policies come from the law and following that, laws need to be properly implemented and enforced. This would require the respective institutions, ministries and agencies to work together. Major current environmental issue now may also include protection of endangered species and protection of ecologically valuable natural areas, genetically modified foods and global warming.

In addition to discussing what is needed for sound environmental management and governance, she presented an overview of NUS' M.Sc (Environmental Management) Programme which seeks to provide a holistic multidisciplinary education in environmental management

Professor Lye Lin Heng is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). She chairs the Programme Management Committee of the NUS multi-disciplinary graduate programme on the environment, the MSc (Environmental Management) programme, which has the collaboration of nine faculties and schools in NUS. She was a former Vice-Dean of the NUS Law Faculty. Her areas of teaching and research are Environmental Law and Property Law.

A member of the Board of Governors, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Professor Lye was former Co-Chair of its Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. She is Visiting Associate Professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she teaches a course on Comparative Environmental Law each year. She was Honorary Legal Advisor to the Nature Society Singapore for many years and a former member of Singapore's public housing agency, the Housing and Development Board (HBD).

IPS facilitates learning and analysis of applied policy research, and delivers training in multi-disciplinary policy areas, such as the Environment and Energy. IBER conducts research and educational projects that focus on biodiversity throughout Brunei Darussalam, as well as the interactions between biodiversity and its environment. UBD's multidisciplinary research efforts are realised through collaborations with leading international universities and enterprises, enabled by the theme of research priority for UBD Vision 2020.

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