Celebrating Singapore Shores
In conjunction with IYOR2018, the blue community in Singapore came together to launch its Singapore Blue Plan 2018! This is the third instalment of the Blue Plan that is presented to government and national agencies every decade.
Launched on 13 October 2018 by the Guest-of-Honour, Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for National Development, more than 100 members of the community, agencies and stakeholders attended the launch event.
A ground-up initiative that presents the vision of the Singapore marine community, the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 is led by marine biologists with the broad inclusion of scientists, stakeholders and members of the public. Altogether, there are more than 100 contributors to this document!
Dr Zeehan Jaafar, the lead Editor of the Singapore Blue Plan, said, “Singapore is an island nation, and the lives of many Singaporeans are intertwined with the sea. Every day, coastal and marine areas here are used by thousands of people, for work and for play.
The impact of these activities on marine ecosystems is significant. Yet rich biodiversity still persists in our waters.
These marine areas deserve protection — not for the sake of nature alone — but also for our own health and future success.”
She adds that “This is the third blue plan: earlier recommendations were submitted to the Government in 2001 and 2009, and the latest effort is the most comprehensive to date. Led by five marine biologists, and with over 100 contributors, the document includes – for the first time – scientific and legislative data to support the proposed recommendations. The recommendations are made in the spirit of ensuring long-term benefits to the country’s marine areas.”
We are keen to share the vision of those passionate about the marine environment with you! You can download and support the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 on the Singapore Blue Plan website.