New marine climate science programme to call for proposals

Natural aid: Mangroves are considered a solution to help mankind adapt to the changing climate. — The Straits Times/ANN

Surrounded by the sea, Singapore is vulnerable to changes as the world warms.

Hence, Singapore is taking steps to better understand how climate change could impact the marine environment, with the government launching a call for research proposals under the new Marine Climate Change Science programme in November.

Minister for National Development Desmond Lee said during a marine science symposium yesterday: “We will study the impact of climate change on our marine ecosystems, such as rising sea levels, increasing sea surface temperatures and extreme storm events, and how we can overcome these challenges in a sustainable manner, by using nature-based solutions to protect our coasts against rising sea levels.”Mangroves, for example, are habitats that stand where the sea meets land, and are considered a nature-based solution to help mankind mitigate the changing climate.

The S$25mil (RM77.4mil) marine programme is led by the National Parks Board and involves government agencies, research institutes and industry partners.

Lee said marine science research is particularly important for Singapore, which has to balance the conservation of its rich marine habitats with its shipping hub status.

“We have a strong responsibility to protect our coastal and marine habitats, and the research community plays an instrumental role in this,” said Lee — The Straits Times/ANN

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