Singapore Sustainable Blueprint

In 2009, Singapore Sustainable Blueprint was launched. The blueprint outlines policies and strategies to accomplish economic growth at the same time provide a good living environment for all people. The good news is that this year, the government will revisit and review how it takes care of the environment. This was discussed at 2014 Singapore Sustainability Symposium which was prepared by the NTU’s Sustainable Earth Office.

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The Minister for Environment and Water Resources gave the Opening Ceremony on January 8, 2014. He announced that the review will commence on February or March. The public can take part in the discussions. The changing of environment-related strategies is the reason for the review. The findings of the public consultation will be used to revise the blueprint by the end of next year.

What is sustainable development for Singapore? Sustainable development means being efficient, clean and green. Singapore is thinking of ways to develop using less wastes and resources. While we do this, it is expected that we do not pollute our environment that way we can preserve our greenery, natural heritage and the waterways.

The blueprint’s vision is to create a liveable city that is well loved by the citizens, workers and the visitors. To realize this vision, the blueprint noted 4 priorities to include:

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1. Improving resource efficiency. Singapore is a small country with limited or scarce resources. The Blueprint seeks to improve resource efficiency so we can develop and live with few resources. The government is thinking about achieving more for less. In the long run, Singapore will arise.

2. Encouraging participation and community ownership. To build a resource efficient country, the Blueprint is encouraging participation and community ownership. The participation should involve NGOs (Non-government Organizations), businessmen and public leaders. All should work together to achieve the goals of the Blueprint.

3. Improving the environment’s quality. It is important that all people here in Singapore continue to enjoy a clean water and air. With this, the blueprint prioritizes controlling of pollution by improving the physical setting. Apart from this, the blueprint is also determined to create a comprehensive city with high regards on public health.

4. Building knowledge. The Blueprint seeks to accumulate more knowledge in the field of environment and technology. Singapore is very particular about Research and Development. As this field progresses, the government need to work with others to build a better and brighter world.

You should do your part to help Singapore. You can begin by spreading awareness to others or you can join the public consultations set in the coming months.

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Draft Master Plan 2013: West Region Development

The West Region should be excited because the Draft Master Plan 2013 will include them for further development. This is Singapore’s legacy to the next generation – a community where everyone is welcome. West region covers a land area of 25,686 ha. The development plans will include twelve areas to include Pioneer, Boon Lay, Western Water Catchment, Tengah, Choa Chu Kang, Clementi, Tuas, Jurong East, Jurong West, Western Islands, Bukit Batok, and Bukit Panjang.

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The development will feature a number of private and public residential options. Apart from that, there will be community facilities as well as recreation spaces for the people to enjoy. The government is looking into the connectivity of the region. Its plans for more transport choices in the future are imminent. Dwelling on the less serious parts, here are some things that you need to know about the West Region:

  • Boon Lay: Boon Lay is named after the well-known businessman Chew Boon Lay. He has rubber plantations and because of this, the region grew into what it is now today.
  • Jurong Bird Park: The Bird Park is the largest bird park in Asia. It houses about 400 species of birds. The bird park has a total of 5000 birds that inhabit the area. It was established in 1971.
  • Jurong Island: Jurong Island was established to support the chemical industry of Singapore. Jurong Island is the amalgamation of seven islands.
  • Clementi: Clementi was previously a swampland, squatter villages and farms until it was built into a contemporary residential village.
  • Hillview Area: In the late 1900’s, Hillview Area was an industrial district but it was changed into residential properties today.Draft-Master-Plan-2013-2