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Asia Pacific Golf Summit 2012

All the hard work has been done. The speakers and panelists have been brought on board. The venue is all set to welcome international delegates to the 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) – the sixth in the series.

APGS 2012 already promises to be one of the best in the series so far. Some 60 speakers and panelists have been signed up to appear in three conferences.

The venue, The Empire Hotel and Country Club is a stunning world-class facility that is fully primed to host APGS 2012 and its delegates.

Most importantly, the host nation, Brunei Darussalam, the oil-rich Sultanate that sits on the third largest island on the Planet, is fully prepared to provide delegates with a taste of its natural beauty and tranquility.


If you are stake-holder in the golf industry in Asia, this is an event that you must not miss. It is the only business to business golf event of its kind anywhere in Asia. It is a premier knowledge event that brings together some of the best brains in the business of golf.

Experts who are at the cutting edge of industry trends, club management best practices, turf care, social issues impacting golf and the perennial challenge on how to grow the game of golf in an ever-changing leisure and recreational landscape.

The thrust of APGS 2012 is to identify opportunities with a view to exploit these trends for the betterment of the golf industry. It will also look at problems confronting the industry and will throw up solutions to get around these challenges.

APGS 2012 is not just a summit – it is a summit with a difference. It aims to prepare all stake-holders to face the future with a positive mind-set and armed with all the tools to take on the challenges ahead. Is this something that you can afford to miss?


World class experts who are acknowledged leaders in their respective disciplines.  Here's just a sampling of who these thought-leaders in golfer are:

Colin Montgomerie
Champion golfer, course designer and a man committed to change.
James Singerling
Chief Executive Officer, Club Managers Association of America.

Steve Mona
Chief Executive Officer, World Golf Foundation.

Bruce Williams
Past President, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Henry DeLozier
Past President, National Golf Course Owners Association of America.

Michael Leemhuis
Past President, Club Managers Association of America and Chief Executive Officer 
Congressional Country Club.

Ronald G. Dodson
Chairman and President, The International Sustainability Council.

Our special VIP Keynote speaker is the distinguished Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu who is slated to deliver a major speech on the importance and growth of golf tourism in the region.

Just imagine, so many top names, so many key topics – simply unmatched anywhere in the Asia Pacific! 
Is this something you can afford to miss?

The full programme for APGS 2012 is now available – All you have to do is click this link below.

Other highlights of APGS 2012 include:

  •; overflow: hidden; background-position: 20px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The 2012 Asian Golf Monthly Awards
  •; overflow: hidden; background-position: 20px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Group Hall Of Fame Award
  •; overflow: hidden; background-position: 20px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The 2012 Asia Pacific Golf Group Life-Time Achievement Award
  •; overflow: hidden; background-position: 20px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The Global Legacy Award
  •; overflow: hidden; background-position: 20px 7px; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">The Custodian Of The Environment Award

Three full days of knowledge-intensive sessions and a social programme that will serve up some of the best meals anywhere.

Come and be part of APGS 2012. We are ready to welcome you to Brunei Darussalam – 
The Abode Of Peace!

Here's a quick-link to help you with your Delegate Registration and Hotel Reservation. 


SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

New Species of Frogs Disappearing as Fast as They

New species of frogs in Panama are being lost nearly as fast as they are being found to a deadly fungal disease that is sweeping through the region.

In an effort to document the diversity of frogs in Central America before the disease sweeps through the entire region, scientists are discovering new species, some of which are going extinct, and some of which are surviving.

In Panama’s Omar Torrijos National Park, 11 new species of frogs were discovered in the course of the long-term survey. After the fungus epidemic in 2004, five of these species went locally extinct, but only one of them is thought to have no other known habitats.Panama Frogs

“In amphibians, the amount of new species described every year keeps going up. We can’t even guess where it is going to stop,” said evolutionary geneticist Andrew Crawford from the University of the Andes, lead author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published on July 19. “But at the same time, we keep losing them. One third of amphibian species around the world are listed on the IUCN Red List.”

Biologist Karen Lips, a co-author of the study, set up long-term frog monitoring in Omar Torrijos National Park in 1998, when she realized that the deadly fungus first noted in Costa Rica was spreading rapidly towards the region.

“She walked the same transects year after year, and one day in October 2004 she started finding dead frogs instead of live ones,” Crawford said. “The strangest thing was that frogs that were previously rare, like subterranean frogs, became more abundant. They started coming out of the woodwork, so to speak, and then they died.”

In the course of the long-term study, Lips and Crawford identified a total of 74 species in the region.

Within a couple of months of the fungus arriving, Crawford said, 30 of the species disappeared from the region, including five that were newly discovered. A survey in 2008 confirmed their absence.

The killer fungus, Batrochochytrium dendrobatidis, was first noted when the golden toad and about half of the frog species disappeared in Monteverde reserve in Costa Rica in 1987.

Since then, it has been spreading eastward through the Central America highlands, and also through a large portion of the Andes, likely from a separate introduction.

The fungus dislikes too much heat or dryness, which makes frogs that live in streams in mountainous areas most vulnerable.

While the exact origin and cause of the spread of the disease is unknown, Crawford guesses that the disease travels with the amphibians that get moved around for pets and research. He said that this particular fungus either originated in Africa or North America.

Only one of the species that went extinct in Omar Torrijos National Park has no other known habitat, meaning that it is likely extinct worldwide. The other 29 species have known ranges in eastern Panama, which hasn’t yet been hit by the fungus.

Researchers are searching for ways to avert the loss of more species. The most promising of these is a bacteria that has been found in salamanders in North America that protects their eggs from the fungus.

The bacteria has been isolated and tested on frogs in the Sierra Nevada, and appeared to improve their survival rates from the fungus, said Crawford. However, there are still many questions to be answered about the ethics and efficacy of introducing the bacteria to frogs in Central and South America.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Sustainability Campaign


The Royal Society of Biological Sciences

National Geographic

Double Oaks

Global Stewards

United States Department of Energy

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)


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