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Singapore to review how the country takes care of its environment

Published on Jan 9, 2014 8:02 AM
 
Environment and Water Resources Minister, Vivian Balakrishnan, at the Singapore Sustainability Symposium 2014 Opening Ceremony organised by NTU's Sustainable Earth Office. Singapore will this year embark on a national exercise to review how the country takes care of its environment, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan. -- PHOTO: NTU'S SUSTAINABLE EARTH OFFIC

Singapore will this year embark on a national exercise to review how the country takes care of its environment, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan.

"Our circumstances and challenges have changed so drastically that it is time for us to redefine our vision and values and our approach to the environment," he said yesterday.

The review will start with a public consultation from next month or March to the middle of the year to discuss what people want for the environment.

The findings will be shaped into concrete plans in the second half of the year, before being used to revise the Singapore Sustainable Blueprint by the year's end.

 
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NEW APPROACH NEEDED

Our circumstances and challenges have changed so drastically that it is time for us to redefine our vision and values and our approach to the environment.

- Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan, on why the Government is embarking on a national exercise to review how Singapore is taking care of its environment