Unfortunately, the response to deteriorating water quality is not focused on reducing impacts such as industrial littering, pollution, fresh water pulses. Instead, it is to separate the fish. How sustainable is this?
There is mention of protecting biodiversity against climate change, but no mention of the role of biodiversity in protecting Singapore against rising seas and climate change.
"To protect Singapore’s marine biodiversity, NParks established Singapore’s first marine park at the Sisters’ Islands in 2014. The marine park is an ecosystem inhabited by rare and endangered marine animals. Other measures to protect Singapore’s biodiversity include restoring mangrove areas in Singapore."
mangrove restoration at Pulau Ubin will also be accepted as part of the Plan.
In the summary, it is also acknowledged that rising seas is the Number One risk Singapore faces. It's not just 'communities and property' along Singapore's coastlines that could be affected. But key industries such as container terminals, shipbuilding, petrochemicals and industries on our Southern Islands, and our only landfill and Changi airport.
Meanwhile, in this Wired article, New York is looking at some serious coastal protection that incorporates biodiversity instead of just engineered hard surfaces.
"For Geuze, who trained as an agricultural engineer, none of this is new territory. “This is what I’ve done for 90 percent of my projects,” he says, pointing to works like the New Hondsbossche Dunes in Petten the Netherlands, designed as a natural landscape as opposed to a sandy dike. “There is a lot of talk about sustainability in the media. But in my profession—landscape architecture—sustainability has been the core issue since the 19th century. Without it your project will fail.”
Full publications on the National Climate Change Secretariat website https://www.nccs.gov.sg/resources/publications
Media articles on The Climate Action Plan compiled here
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- Protecting from rising seas: a role for natural shores?
- Sea level rise in Singapore: what effects?
- Floods in Singapore and rising seas
- Sea level rise and Singapore's response
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