Efforts to prepare for climate change

Efforts to prepare for climate change

We thank Mr Wong Weng Fai for his suggestion to set up an inter-ministerial committee to prepare Singapore for extreme weather conditions ("Prepare for extreme weather conditions"; last Saturday).

The Government has formed an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Climate Change (IMCCC) chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to oversee Singapore's policies, plans and actions on climate change.

They include areas such as international negotiations, carbon emissions reduction and enhancing our resilience to climate change.

Under the auspices of the IMCCC, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development oversee national efforts to study the potential impacts of climate change on Singapore's physical environment and develop long-term adaptation plans.

The Centre for Climate Research Singapore was established last year to build local expertise in climate science and help inform policy decisions.

To enhance our resilience against sea-level rise, all new land reclamation projects have to be built at least 2.25m above the highest recorded tide since 2011.

The capacity of our drainage system is also being expanded to better manage flood risks.

More information on the IMCCC and Singapore's efforts to address climate change can be found at www.nccs.gov.sg

Yuen Sai Kuan
Director (3P Network)
National Climate Change Secretariat
Prime Minister's Office

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