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Conservation NGO courting influential patrons in Singapore

Published on May 7, 2014 5:24 PM

International conservation group Fauna and Flora International (FFI) is hoping to court deep-pocketed, influential patrons here who are keen on protecting biodiversity.

Its president, Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, launched the Singapore arm of its Conservation Circle at a dinner at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on Tuesday night. Already, members like Mr Anderson Tanoto, scion of the founder of pulp and paper giant Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (April), have signed on.

The Conservation Circle comprises about 75 individuals around the world, such as Ms Diana Van de Kemp, director of wildlife charity Wildinvest, and Ms Georgina Swire, part of the British family which started the Swire Group shipping, agribusiness and aviation empire.

"The way that FFI is financed is very much from organisations, governments and private wealth, which allows us to direct most of the funding directly to the work we do on the ground," Princess Laurentien said. It is starting its Conservation Circle here because "Singapore is a regional hub for many things, and we're mirroring that," she added.

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