Straits Times, the (ST)
By Audrey Tan and David Fogarty
This is the first time the Government has officially said that nature-based solutions to dealing with sea level rise are on the cards, following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech in August.
PM Lee said then that the Republic was looking into engineering solutions, such as constructing polders - a land-reclamation technique - and reclaiming a series of islands off East Coast, to buffer it against rising sea levels.
Associate Professor Daniel Friess, a mangrove expert with the National University of Singapore’s geography department, said mangroves have the potential to keep pace with some rates of sea-level rise – making them a natural and adaptable coastal defence that can help prevent rising seas from inundating coastlines.
"Under the Forest Restoration Action Plan, an additional 250,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted. The benefits are multifold - this will support our biodiversity, and importantly, further drive climate mitigation and strengthen our resilience."
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