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A World Where Economies And Nature Will Prosper Together 经济与自然共繁盛的大同世界

Rich Gilmore
Country Director of The Nature Conservancy
自然保护协会 (The Nature Conservancy) 全国总监

One day, not far into the distant future, sustainability and economy will thrive hand-in-hand if practiced cohesively by all parties. This would indeed help to drive economic growth and create jobs for the people. 

The issue of climate change cannot be ignored and it has become a worldwide concern as activists are engaged in heated contention with economically driven entities. But it is possible for profit-centred businesses and nature conservation to work together to improve all facets towards global progression and harmony. 

Working towards this goal is The Nature Conservancy (TNC), with a mission to help businesses and society understand and practice sustainable development where people and nature can thrive. 

It was founded in the United States in 1951 and has grown to become one of the most successful and impactful environmental organisations in the world. 

It is powered by more than a million members together with more than 400 scientists who are dedicated to their conservation efforts. They are so far making an impact in 72 countries across six continents. 

It’s also because of their innovative and modern approach to conservation that has the whole world talking, and in this part of the globe, TNC is making people pay attention for good reasons. 

Eating endangered species to conserve 

their environment

The Nature Conservancy Australia’s country director, Rich Gilmore gives an example of the TNC’s project to restore the shellfish reefs and ecosystems by indulging in one of its endangered species.

“Our idea could seem controversial but in this case, eating the native oyster works to preserve habitats. It’s a rare delicacy and was over fished almost to extinction in the 19th century but now in the 21st century, we’re encouraging people to eat this endangered species. 

“This creates demand for the oysters, thus creating a demand for their habitat. As a result, gives better opportunities for our shellfish reef restoration work because oysters are excellent and natural water filters – improving water quality through filtering algae, nutrients and suspended matter from the sea water,” explains Rich.

In a nutshell, or rather, seashell, the TNC works with nature to help re-establish oyster and mussel reefs across Australia, working with local businesses, communities and researchers so that nature and people can once again enjoy the many benefits that the shellfish reefs can bring.

Protecting nature while driving profits

Ultimately, Rich said that the conservatory wants to demonstrate that it can protect important places while facilitating sustainable developments. 

Another example was a project the organisation undertook to protect a 16,000 hectare wetland in Australia, an area that’s home to 200 plant species and over 130 bird species. 

“We were funded to create sustainable developments and movements that created jobs for local people through sustainable agriculture in livestock grazing and cattle production.”

“These jobs will be created in partnership with conservation, rather than in competition with conservation. The contributions that enabled this major project are called impact investments which deliver social, environmental and financial return,” explained Rich.  

At the end of the day, we’re very much clouded by our busy urban lives, many of us forget that nature is the fundamental support system that we all depend on. 

“The fact is that economic prosperity of the world relies on nature. Everything that is linked to prosperity like clean air and clean water are provided for free by nature. 

But the real people really care about nature is because of the joy it brings to them and their families – spending time in nature, learning about it and appreciating what it offers. 

“We need to do a better job to remind people that these are the reasons nature really matters. We spend too much time indoors and not enough time outside in nature and we’ve becoming disconnected to it.” 

He understands the rush of corporate life as he comes from a financial background, but after going on a volunteer conservation expedition in Africa, he became a “convert”. 

“I’m relatively new to the conservation area as I was previously in the corporate markets sector. 15 years ago, I was inspired to become an environmentalist by immersing myself in nature where I was part of a project on mangrove conservation in the Swahili Coast,” he recalled.

It was then that Rich decided to leave his corporate life and returned to pursue his studies in a Master of Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales, and the rest is history. 

如果各方保持凝聚力,在不远的将来,大自然的可持续性将与全球经济携手并进,这确实有助于推动经济增长,为人们创造就业机会。

地球气候变化问题不容忽视,随着运动人士与经济驱动实体之间的激烈博弈,这个课题已经成为全球关注的焦点。但其实以逐利为中心的企业和自然保护组织可以尝试联手促进各方面的改善与和谐。

自然保护协会 (The Nature Conservancy -TNC) 致力于实现这一目标,其使命是协助企业和社会深入理解和实践环境的可持续发展,使人类和自然能够共同繁盛。

该组织于1951年在美国成立,现已成为世界上成功兼最具影响力的环保组织之一。协会由逾百万名会员和400多名致力于保护工作的科学家注入动力。至今,他们已经在六大洲共72个国家缔造有效成果。

而他们所提倡的创新和现代方法引起全球热议,可说是让人们有充分的理由关注TNC。

食用濒危物种以保护环境
自然保护协会澳大利亚区总监Rich Gilmore也举例说明TNC修复濒临灭绝的贻贝珊瑚礁与平衡生态系统的项目。

“我们的想法可能会引起争议,但在这种情况下,食用本地牡蛎可以保护栖息地。这是一种罕见的美味,在19世纪被过度捕捞几乎灭绝,但现在21世纪,我们鼓励人们吃这种濒危物种。“

“这将从中创造人们对牡蛎的需求,也会促使重新打造它们的栖息地。因此,这为我们的贻贝珊瑚礁修复工作展现更好的机会,因为牡蛎是优质的天然滤水器 – 过滤藻类、营养物质和海水中的悬浮物来改善水质。”他解释。

一句概括:更确切地说是贝类、TNC与大自然密切配合,推动澳大利亚各地重建牡蛎和贻贝珊瑚礁,而当地企业、社区和研究人员也加入其中,让大自然和人们再次享受到贻贝珊瑚礁带来的诸多好处。

逐利同时捍卫自然
Rich Gilmore 认为,协会最终想要证明,促进可持续发展的同时能够捍卫关键大自然。

另外,作为实例,该组织所承担的保护澳大利亚1.6万公顷湿地的一个项目,该地区作为200种植物和130多种鸟类的家园。

“我们获得资金推行可持续的发展和动力,透过放牧和牲畜永续农业为当地民众创造就业机会。这些将与环境保护相铺相成,并非背道而驰的竞争关系。促成这一重大项目的贡献被称为影响投资,为社会、环境和财务带来丰厚回报。”

结束忙碌一天,我们被喧嚣的城市生活所笼罩,很多人忘记了大自然是我们赖以生存的基础系统。事实上,世界经济的繁荣仰赖于自然。

一切与繁荣有关的东西,如干净的空气和水,都是自然界免费供应的。

但是,真正关心自然界的人们是因为大自然赐予他们和家人快乐泉源—花时间感受、了解和感激大自然的奉献。

“我们需要做得更多以提醒人们,为什么大自然是那么的重要。我们在室内呆了太久,却没有太多时间享受大自然熏陶,我们已经与之断开了联系。”

他曾经从事金融财务工作,非常了解企业生活的匆忙,但在参加了非洲的志愿者保护远征队之后,他成为了“皈依者”。

“我之前埋头企业市场业务工作,对于自然保护领域还是相当陌生。15年前,我因本身融入自然而受到启发,继而成为一名环保主义者,在那里我参与了斯瓦希里海岸(Swahili Coast)红树林保护项目。”

那时,Rich决定抽离企业继续深造,重返新南威尔士大学攻读环境管理硕士学位,然后走到了今天。

Text By Karina Foo

When Stars Glitter 当群星璀璨闪耀

CHT Gala Dinner 2019 – The Host

It was as if the universe conspired to make the CHT Gala Dinner 2019 one of the most celebrated events in Melbourne this season.  Held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, the event saw to the attendance of more than 300 socialites, entrepreneurs, tycoons and the well-heeled, in their finest attire. Designer evening wear, sequins, tuxedos were the order of the night, while some even spotted capes and lacey trains.  

Master of ceremonies Ian Goldsmith started the glittering event by introducing the CEO of CHTNetwork Australia Ping Ch’ng who gave an inspiring speech. The audience was also held captive by brother and founder of CHTNetwork Ch’ng Huck Theng who concluded his speech with flair and panache, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am Ch’ng Huck Theng.”

The evening took on a high note with spell-binding performances by Voci Classiche opera singers Cosimo Ciccone and Rada Tochalna who delivered an unforgettable and moving repertoire that left the audience in awe. Reigning over the runway was the creative and talented international designer KL Ho who recently showcased his collection at the New York Fashion Week. In Melbourne his work is nothing short of spectacular.  

Winners of the Best Dressed Awards, Nicole Yap, Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita and Nicole Chow, paraded on the runway for all to admire and emulate their ensemble of the evening. Ripples of excitement floated through the glitterati when famous auctioneer Toni El-Helou from Biggin & Scott took the floor to auction off art masterpieces, dinners cooked by celebrity chefs, media and photography services from KMT Events and DLX Creative respectively.

Just when the guests thought things could not get anymore exciting, the latest issue of EZ Australia magazine was unveiled featuring Kim Lowman from Rothelowman Architects, on the cover. This was followed by a rousing and boisterous raffle draw offering prizes like air tickets from Odyssey Travel, high tea and hotel accommodation from Sofitel, eight-course degustation meal from Silks at Crown, beautiful songket fabric from the Malaysian Consulate office, electrical goods from Buffalo, wines from Rochford Estate, Royal Selangor pewter, OMI dining vouchers, and beauty treatments from Secret De Beaute. 

Winners of the Best Dressed Awards, Nicole Yap, Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita, Nicole Chow & Ping

The exquisite menu for the night was specially designed by celebrity chef Jeffrey Tan (OAM) who paired beautiful wines with Sofitel’s delectable cuisine of salmon, duck, lamb, fine cheeses, pastries and desserts.  

Finally, when the curtains closed, a great night was declared by all, with many exchanging contacts and promises to keep in touch, venture into new social and business partnerships. 

仿佛宇宙浩瀚的星群闪耀使2019年CHT晚会成为本季墨尔本最令人瞩目的红毯盛会之一。在墨尔本柯林斯索菲特酒店(Sofitel Melbourne on Collins)聚集了300多名盛装赴会的社会名流、企业家与大亨们。设计师的晚装、亮片、燕尾礼服是当晚的主流,而带斑点花纹的披肩和蕾丝裙裾也成为晚宴的亮点之一。

典礼司仪 Ian Goldsmith 介绍了CHTNetwork澳大利亚的首席执行官 Ping Ch’ng,并发表了鼓舞人心的演讲。观众也聚焦于其兄长-也是CHTNetwork创始人庄学腾(Ch’ng Huck Theng)的精彩演说,他在演讲结束时潇洒地说:“谢谢,谢谢,谢谢,我是庄学腾。”

至于当晚表演嘉宾 Voci Classiceh 歌剧演唱家 – Cosimo Ciccone 和 Rada Tochalna 的现场演出曲目引人入胜,让观众留下了深刻印象且动容万分。另外,占据T台的是富有创造力和才华横溢的国际设计师KL Ho,他最近在纽约时装周上展示了出色的设计。在墨尔本,他的作品更是显得锋芒毕露。

最佳服装奖的优胜者-Nicole Yap, , Penny Sun, Nicole Pugsley, Christina Chia, Mazita和Nicole Chow等都是一抹绚丽的风景,聚集不少欣羡的目光。而当来自Biggin & Scott的著名拍卖师Toni El-Helou分别为艺术品杰作、名厨晚宴,KMT Events与DLX Creative公司的媒体和摄影服务进行拍卖时,在晚宴席间掀起一阵兴奋的涟漪。

而当来宾认为惊喜不再的时刻,大会也宣布了最新一期的《御智澳大利亚》杂志的封面人物是来自Rothelowman Architects的Kim Lowman。紧随着就是激动人心的抽奖环节,奖品包括奥德赛旅行机票、索菲特酒店的住宿和下午茶,皇冠酒店Silks餐厅的8道美味佳肴、马来西亚领事馆办公室送出的Songket金绵缎纺织品,Buffalo电子产品,Rochford Estate的葡萄酒,皇家雪兰莪锡制品,OMI餐饮代金券和 Secret De Beaute美容产品。

当晚的精致菜单是由名厨陈江熙-Jeffrey Tan (OAM)特别设计的,他用美味的葡萄酒搭配了索菲特美味的三文鱼、鸭肉、羊肉、奶酪、糕点和甜点。

最后,当终末的帷幕拉上时,所有人宣布共度了一个美好的夜晚,彼此互相交流并承诺保持联系,建立全新社会和商业伙伴关系。

Faces of Melbourne • Influential Captains & Upcoming Leaders

From Left – Right: Ping, David Liao, Alex HK Lim, Dr Giovanni Butera, Chef Jeffrey Tan, OAM, Ken Ong, OAM, Mazita Marzuki, Penny Sun,  Kim Lowman, Jason Yeap, OAM, Nicole Chow, Nicole Yap, Carolyn Masson, David Chandler, Josh Chye, Toni El-Helou, Ven Chin & Ch’ng

EZ Australia was launched 5 years ago and it was the initial trust and support of the Melburnians that made this magazine where it is today. Hence we have decided to acknowledge the selected few Melburnians that have contributed and shaped this beautiful society as ‘Faces Of Melbourne’. 

《御智澳大利亚》于5年前发行,从创刊时一直获得墨尔本人的信任和支持,使杂志发展至现在。因此,我们决定推选几位塑造和为这美丽的社会做出贡献的墨尔本人为我们杂志的年度特辑“墨尔本面孔”的年度人物。

A Small Way To Say A BIG THANK YOU CHT APPRECIATION NIGHT 小仪式叙述大谢意 • CHT感谢宴会

To celebrate a remarkable year for 2019, CHTNetwork Australia has organized an appreciation night at Space@Collins with Malay Buffet Dinner sponsored by Sijori Malay Eatery to say a BIG THANK YOU towards their friends, sponsors, business partners and the team behind who had contributed in one way or another in making the journey of CHTNetwork in Australia especially the CHT Gala Dinner a success. On the night, CHTNetwork also celebrated the birthdays of their two advisors Jason Yeap, OAM and the Consul General of Malaysia, Mazita Marzuki. 

With the trust and support from all friends and business partners, CHTNetwork Australia has brought the year to a close with bigger and more powerful friendship and business alliances. 

为了欢庆2019年这非同凡响的一年,CHTNetwork澳大利亚在Space@Collins主办了一场庆功晚宴,特别向他们的朋友们致以最大的谢意,对于赞助商、业务合作伙伴和背后团队付出的贡献,以各种形式让CHTNetwork在澳大利亚的推广之旅,特别是CHT晚宴取得空前成功。这场马来风味的自助餐由Sijori Malay Eatery 赞助。当晚,CHTNetwork 还为两名顾问:叶绍礼-Jason Yeap(OAM) 与马来西亚总领事Mazita Marzuki庆祝生日。

在所有朋友和商业伙伴的信任和支持下,CHTNetwork Australia 也以更广泛、更强大的友谊圈和商业联盟,为今年划上圆满的句号。