Rising sea levels is a global challenge for many coastal cities and Singapore is especially vulnerable. This is because we are a low-lying country surrounded by the sea, with 30% of our land five metres below sea level. Unlike other countries, Singapore does not have abundant high grounds for our population to retreat to. Without timely action to protect our coastlines, parts of Singapore could be submerged, impacting our homes and livelihoods.
In April 2020, PUB was appointed the national Coastal Protection Agency and tasked to lead and coordinate whole-of-government efforts to develop long-term strategies to protect Singapore from the threat of rising sea levels. A Coastal Protection Department was set up within PUB, to address both coastal and inland flood risks holistically.