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Dr Shawn Lum wins President's Award for the Environment

22 Nov 2017

Our warmest congratulations to the much appreciated ASE senior lecturer Dr. Shawn Lum, who has been awarded the 2017 President’s Award for the Environment.

‘The President's Award for the Environment (PAE) is the highest environmental accolade for individuals, educational institutions and organisations that have made outstanding contributions towards environmental and water resource sustainability in Singapore. It is an annual award organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) that recognises and honours the sustained environment- and water-related contributions by environmental champions from the People, Public and Private (3P) sectors’ (

Dr Lum, who is also president of Singapore’s Nature Society, receives the individual award for his significant involvement in biodiversity projects in Singapore, including his long-term study of the Bukit Timah forest. The monitoring of 20.000 trees in 4 ha of forest is a valuable asset for researchers who study tropical forest ecosystems, as well as for the preservation of the remaining Singaporean rainforest. Professor Leo Tan of NUS and one of the judges for the awards is quoted in the Straits Times on November 21 saying: "Dr Lum should have won this award long ago".

The Straits Times article can be found here

Dr. Lum is also known to the Singaporeans as the man who helped grow seeds from an illegally felled endangered giant Hopea Sangal tree in Changi Village in 2002. Its healthy seedlings are now growing in various locations throughout Singapore.