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SGP - Measures to strengthen Singapore's coastal defences to start this year

PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency and JTC will embark on site-specific studies at the coastlines of City-East Coast and Jurong Island this year, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu during the Committee of Supply debate on Thursday.

Implementation of coastal protection measures for various coastlines will occur in phases, beginning with the most vulnerable parts of the nation's coastlines, according to Ms Fu.

Several factors were taken into consideration to identify these sites, including the potential impact of a flood event, criticality of assets like airports, economic and industrial districts, as well as opportunities to dovetail with upcoming developments.

"Potential measures to be examined include sea walls, polders and nature-based solutions like mangrove planting," said Ms Fu. "In developing these plans, we will search for innovation in complementing our land use, sea space needs and the natural environment."

PUB will also be developing the Coastal-Inland Flood Model to better equip the organisation for coastal protection planning and operations amid climate change.

The Coastal-Inland Flood Model comprises different tools that incorporates advancing climate science and data to allow for holistic flood risk assessment. This is done through analysing the impact of extreme sea levels and intense rainfall-induced inland floods for Singapore.

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