We drew up plans to ensure Singapore remains highly liveable for generations to come. This was the culmination of an extensive review of island-wide plans, carried out in consultation with citizens, stakeholders and agencies. New homes and neighbourhoods, including major precincts to be built in the longer-term future, will provide citizens a refreshing range of housing options, convenient access to jobs and amenities as well as green community spaces. Each town will also be sensitively planned and designed to complement and strengthen the identity of the area. Following engagements with residents and stakeholders, we developed more inclusive plans for Farrer Park, Lorong Chuan and Holland Plain that consider their feedback and aspirations. At Farrer Park for example, familiar landmarks such as the swimming pool and former boxing gym will be retained and integrated with a new sports field, park and housing.

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This report documents the findings and recommendations of the IMCSD after extensive consultations with business and community leaders and members of the public. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the copyright owners.

We will make optimum use of land. We will ensure adequate supplies of water for future generations, and we aim to reduce domestic water consumption to L per person per day by Singapore will develop as a sustainable, high-density city that is clean and green, with excellent connectivity and a sense of space. We aim to reduce the level of? We aim to have 0. We aim to open up ha of reservoirs and km of waterways for recreational activities by As we build up our knowledge in how to grow in a more environmentally-friendly way, Singapore can work with others to promote and build sustainable cities around the world.

Our goal is to make environmental responsibility part of our people and business culture, in the way we live, work, play and commute.

Sustainable development for Singapore is about achieving development while minimising its impact on resources and our environmental quality, such that development today does not come at the expense of the quality of the living environment for current and future generations.

Looking ahead, we are aware that population and economic growth could strain our domestic resources and impact our environmental quality if we are not vigilant. We also need to be able to respond to growing global resource scarcity and do more as a responsible global citizen to combat the challenges posed by climate change.

First, to improve resource ef? Second, to enhance our physical environment through controlling pollution, increasing our greenery as well as cleaning and beautifying our water bodies. Third, to engage the community and encourage them to play their part by adopting more responsible practices, habits and lifestyles.

Fourth, to build up our technologies and capabilities in order to realise our sustainable development targets, spur economic growth and export our expertise. We are con? This will provide our current and future generations with a cleaner and greener environment to live in, and yield concrete bene?

This Blueprint re? It sets clear goals to measure our performance in sustainable development, and outlines a set of actionable strategies and plans to make our development more environmentally sustainable in the next decade.

Hence this Blueprint marks the beginning of a closer 3P People sector, Private sector and Public sector partnership for sustainable development. We wish to record our gratitude to all those who have contributed time and effort to make this Blueprint possible.

This includes the many members of the public and leaders from non-governmental organisations, businesses, grassroots organisations, academia, media as well as CDC Mayors whom we have met. In total, we met more than people in various focus group discussions and received over 1, suggestions from the public.

We have also been ably supported by of? We also thank you for entrusting us with this task of ensuring that we and future generations have a lively and liveable Singapore to live, work and play in.

Thank you for your letter of 8 April , submitting the report of the InterMinisterial Committee on sustainable development. Sustainable development means achieving the twin goals of growing the economy and protecting the environment, in a balanced way.

Singapore has practised sustainable development even before the term was coined. We pursue growth in order to have the means to improve our lives. We also safeguard our living and natural environment, because we do not want our material well-being to come at the expense of our public health or overall quality of life. Singapore is a small island with?

Yet, we have overcome our constraints, grown and developed into a modern city. Through imaginative city design, careful planning and judicious land use, we have housed close to? We must build on this to do even better, and preserve our high quality of life for our children. This is a challenging goal.

As our economy and population continue growing, our city will become denser. As Asian economies take off, they will consume and demand more energy and raw materials, and push up their prices worldwide. But we still need to secure our access to resources and do our best to conserve energy and water. This is especially so as Singapore has few alternatives to fossil fuels. Climate change is a serious long-term problem for mankind.

Sustainable development demands long term attention and effort. Some measures will incur disproportionate costs and impair our competitiveness. We have to adopt a pragmatic approach,? Your Committee has developed a blueprint to guide our efforts. It will not be the last word on these issues, but it will take us a signi? This issue concerns not just one or two ministries, but the whole country. Hence we will tackle it using a whole-of-government approach.

The people and private sectors also have to work with the public service on this important venture. I thank all your Committee members, as well as the many organisations and individuals who contributed to the report.

I am encouraged that so many came forward with their ideas and suggestions. It shows that Singaporeans take an active interest in making Singapore a better place to live in. As we continue to remake our nation to become more vibrant and liveable, what matters is not just new hardware and infrastructure of our city, but also the character and spirit of our people.

All Singaporeans should play a part in this transformation, and build a Singapore that we can proudly call our home. Having independence thrust upon us unexpectedly, we had? Yet, we also knew that we could not focus only on economic growth.

Therefore, we planned our land use wisely. We set up strict pollution controls to keep the air and waters clean, even as we urgently wooed new industries. We carried out a massive exercise to green our city and clean up our rivers.

We are in a continual race to attract investments and talents against stiff global competition. A thriving economy, able to provide ample good jobs for its people, is our starting point. But we have to continue to minimise the impact of growth on the environment and to use resources ef?

We want to build Singapore into one of the most liveable cities in Asia — clean, green, safe and ef? Our vision is to make Singapore a liveable and lively city state, one that Singaporeans love and are proud to call home. Challenges facing the world, from the present? Singapore will have to join hands with others — countries, cities, communities — to address these global challenges.

We will face even bigger challenges in the future. These are: Managing the Demands of a Growing City The growth of our city will put more pressure This is our blueprint to realise this vision. It contains the strategies and initiatives we believe are needed for Singapore to achieve both economic growth and a good living environment over the next two decades.

The government will, actively and imaginatively, draw up policies, regulations and incentives to promote this. However, for us to succeed, our business leaders, our community leaders and our people, have to share a common vision, and work together to bring about changes needed in our households, our communities, our businesses and our country.

Ultimately, Singapore will be our best home if each one of us has contributed to its development, and together shaped a sustainable city that re?

Our city will also have to be more densely built as our economy grows and our population expands. It will be more and more challenging to ensure that economic growth does not come at a high environmental price: depriving us of the clean air, water and land we have worked for over the years.

Adapting to Growing Resource Constraints As cities across the world grow, the global demand for and cost of energy, food, and construction materials will also rise. As a resource scarce country, Singapore needs to use non-renewable resources like oil and gas more ef? We resources, such as water, we need to use them wisely and ensure that there will be suf?

For Singapore, sustainable development means learning to achieve more with less. To secure our collective long-term future, we need decisive action from all countries, including Singapore. We need the economy to grow. This creates jobs, raises our standard of living, and yields the resources that we need to safeguard our environment.

But we must grow in a sustainable way, or else a high GDP per capita will be achieved at the expense of our overall quality of life, and cannot be maintained over the longer term. Protecting our environment safeguards a high standard of public health for our people, and makes our city attractive to Singaporeans and foreigners alike. We have to achieve these twin economic and environmental objectives in a balanced way.

The world now faces a major economic crisis. But this should not cause us to lose sight of the long-term need to pursue these twin objectives. Indeed, the crisis presents us with both the challenge and the opportunity to boost our resource ef? If we succeed, we would and circumstances. Indeed, this ability to plan and act in unison towards the overall goal of sustainable growth is one of our key strengths. Pragmatic and Cost-Effective Manner: We have to secure our twin goals of promoting economic growth and a good environment in the most cost-effective way.

But we will pace the implementation of these measures and provide help to temper and soften the short-term costs to businesses and individuals. Flexibility: The challenges to maintain economic growth and a good environment will span many decades. We therefore have to remain nimble, and adjust? We will invest in building our capabilities today to give us more options to better respond to the challenges of tomorrow. We have a four-pronged strategy: boosting our resource ef?

Singapore does not have viable sources of renewable energy such as wind, geothermal or hydropower. We will therefore have to focus on raising ef?


A Lively and Liveable Singapore. Strategies for Sustainable Growth



A Lively and Liveable Singapore: Strategies for sustainable growth



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