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PUB launches Our Coastal Conversation public engagements to reimagine the future of our coastline at City-East Coast352 launches Our Coastal Conversation public engagements to reimagine the future of our coastline at City-East Coast14/10/2022 4:00:00 PMIssue DateOverview<div> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;"> <b>​​​​​​​​​Singapore, 15 October 2022</b> – National Water Agency PUB kicked off the first of its series of community engagement sessions today on enhancing flood resilience in the face of climate change, specifically on how Singapore can protect its coastline along City-East Coast from the threat of rising seas while preserving liveable spaces for all. Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Ms Grace Fu and Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin joined about 80 participants at the session, where many shared a common desire to protect our cherished coastal areas and enhance our community spaces with innovative design and solutions.</span><br><br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">2​.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">​​PUB's Our Coastal Conversation dialogue sessions are part of the public engagement efforts for environmental sustainability under the <b>Forward Singapore Steward Pillar</b>​ earlier launched by the Ministry for Sustainability and the Environment. The second session will be held on 28 October, hosted by Senior Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Dr Koh Poh Koon and Senior Minister of State for National Development Mr Tan Kiat How.​​​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">4​.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">In her opening remarks, Minister Grace Fu said, “Climate action requires change. It involves trade-offs. Some trade-offs will be difficult. Can we, as individuals, reduce our personal carbon footprint? Can we use less of Earth’s resources, recycle more, and generate less waste to protect our common environment? Would we pay more for energy, water and food security so that we are able to withstand future supply shocks better?​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div>​ <div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">5​.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">"These are just some of the questions that we must ask ourselves, to chart our new way forward together and ensure a liveable and climate-resilient future for Singapore. We are all stewards of our environment and our planet. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that this country that we call home can continue to survive and thrive for decades to come for our children and grandchildren."​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">6.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">Mr Goh Si Hou, Chief Executive of PUB, said, "As we embark on this multi-year journey to develop coastal defences to protect Singapore from the impact of sea level rise, we want to seek views from a broad spectrum of stakeholders to help shape the future of Singapore’s shores. Beyond coastal protection, we see this as a unique opportunity to reimagine our coastline and co-create multi-functional spaces to value add to our community."​​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">7.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">"We are encouraged by the strong interest and response from the community for our first dialogue session, and the richness of today’s discussion. There was a good mix of participants and insightful perspectives from nature groups, professional associations, business representatives, community leaders, residents, and students. We will continue with these conversations through various formats to seek ideas and inputs as we develop the site-specific plans."​​​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div> <b>Phased approach towards developing coastal protection measures​</b><br><br><br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">8.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">Based on current projections<sup>1</sup>​, mean sea levels in Singapore are expected to rise by up to 1 metre by 2100 due to climate change. As a low-lying city surrounded by the sea, with about 30 per cent of the island less than 5 metres above sea level, Singapore is particularly vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.​​​​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">9.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">Given Singapore’s densely built-up environment, it is important to consider the twin impact of sea level rise and more intense rainfall due to climate change in our flood resilience strategy. As the national Coastal Protection Agency<sup>2</sup>, PUB will lead and coordinate whole-of-nation efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of coastal and inland flood risks.</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">10.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">Different stretches of our coastline house important landmarks, parks, beaches, and natural habitats. Given the varied land use, PUB will carry out site-specific studies progressively across different segments of the coastline. Stretching over 57km, the City-East Coast covers three areas – Changi, East-Coast Marina and part of the Greater Southern Waterfront district. The site-specific study for City-East Coast, a low-lying region which had earlier been identified to be more vulnerable and critical, commenced in May 2021 and is expected to complete in 2025.</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div style="float:left;width:4%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">11.</span> </div><div style="float:left;width:96%;"> <span style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;">PUB will continue to engage and partner various stakeholders in this multi-year effort. As part of PUB’s efforts to increase public awareness on coastal protection, it has commissioned a Channel NewsAsia (CNA) documentary, “Stem the Tide”, in which various experts and government agencies share insights on the threat posed by sea level rise to Singapore and what we can collectively do to tackle this challenge. The documentary aired its first run on CNA on 14 October 2022. The public can catch reruns on Channels 5, 8, Suria and Vasantham. The full documentary is also available on PUB’s <a href=""><u>YouTube channel</u>​.</a>​​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><hr /><div style="float:left;width:3%;"> <span style="font-size:13px;line-height:15px;">  <sup>1</sup></span> </div><div style="float:left;width:97%;"> <span style="font-size:13px;line-height:15px;">The second National Climate Change Study Report stated that Singapore’s sea levels are projected to rise by up to 1m by year 2100.</span></div><div style="float:left;width:3%;"> <span style="font-size:13px;line-height:15px;">  ​<sup>2</sup></span> </div><div style="float:left;width:97%;"> <span style="font-size:13px;line-height:15px;">PUB was appointed the national Coastal Protection Agency in April 2020.​</span><br>​<br>​<br></div><div align="center">****​<br><br></div><div style="font-size:18px;line-height:30px;"> <b>About PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency</b><br><br>​PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE). It is the national water agency, which manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment, and used water in an integrated way. From April 2020, PUB also took on the responsibility of protecting Singapore’s coastline from sea-level rise as the national coastal protection agency.<br><br>PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water). PUB leads and coordinates whole-of-government efforts to protect Singapore from the threat of rising seas and the holistic management of inland and coastal flood risks.<br><br>PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. 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