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Title: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF LAND RECLAMATION IN CHEK JAWA
Authors: INDELA VANAJA PARIMALA RANI
Issue Date: Jul-2002
Citation: INDELA VANAJA PARIMALA RANI (2002-07). ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF LAND RECLAMATION IN CHEK JAWA. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Land reclamation began as early as 19th century in Singapore for the various human needs like housing, business and aggressive economic growth. The country's land space has become a critical resource and constitutes a major factor in considering the limits to the growth of the nation. One of the responses is to plan effectively and gain the land through the foreshore land reclamation. However sea depth and neighbouring country borders restrict the reclamation of some areas. The Government has declared the inception of reclamation of 1019 hectares at Chek Jawa in December 2001. But due to the feedback from Nature Society, the public and other interested parties, who have highlighted the biodiversity of Chek Jawa, the government decided to defer the reclamation. A reclamation scenario was proposed to protect the lagoon at Chek Jawa. A model was selected to assess water flow, water velocity and direction of the flow in and out of the lagoon. It was modelled based on natural hydrodynamic conditions and proposed land reclamation scenario before and after the reclamation for both high and low tides. The water flow, water velocity and direction of the flow in the proposed scenario were compared with the natural hydrodynamic conditions. The environmental impacts were assessed based on the changes made to the lagoon before and after reclamation of the model. The study showed that there will be drastic changes in the water flow, water velocity and flow direction in the lagoon. This Environmental Impact Assessment helped to assess and predict the impacts. The impacts would be severe for Chek Jawa if the proposed reclamation went ahead. There may be a threat to the biodiversity especially endangered species in the lagoon. The study recommends the ceasing of foreshore reclamation in and around Tanjong Chek Jawa.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/169503
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