SEC to lead 3-month public dialogues on Singapore's environmental future

The Singapore Environment Council (SEC) announced on Friday that it would be leading a three-month "national conversation" on the country's environmental future beginning in February.

Views from the public dialogues - the most extensive yet on green issues - will be used to revise the Singapore Sustainable Blueprint by the year-end.

The blueprint was unveiled by the government in 2009. It guides the country's sustainable growth strategies till 2030.

The announcement comes after Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said on Jan 8 that Singapore would embark on a review of how the country takes care of its environment.

Supported by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, the dialogues aim to reach out to between 500 and 800 people. The participants are expected to hail from a wide range of stakeholders including green groups, industry, youth, grassroots organisations and members of the public.

Dialogue participants can also send their views through a web portal www.sec.org.sg/envision to be set up by Feb 3. These will then be distilled into a report to be submitted to the ministry by June.

SEC executive director Jose Raymond said that the council wants to "cast the net as wide as possible" to canvass for views.

He said: "You can't have a vision for a blueprint which does not incorporate what the people want, what exactly they envision for the future. It's something they really need to take ownership of."