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Title: A COMARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SINGAPORE'S URBAN SUSTAIN ABILITY
Authors: TAN KENG HUI
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: TAN KENG HUI (2003). A COMARATIVE ANALYSIS OF SINGAPORE'S URBAN SUSTAIN ABILITY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The past decades have seen the rapid industrialization of countries all over the world. However, countries, in the pursuit of their economic goals, have neglected the state of their environment and society. The United Nations and many other organizations have recognized these problems and have called for countries to adopt sustainable practices. Studies have also been made to measure the sustainability of countries through the use of indicators which provides information about the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Singapore had been poorly rated in some studies about sustainability of nations. This is mainly due to inappropriate use of indicators of measure and the failure of organizations to understand Singapore's unique characteristic as an island-state. Therefore, this study aims to compare Singapore's sustainability against comparable countries and cities using a list of indicators that ensures fairness in assessment. In doing so, the strengths and weaknesses of Singapore's will be revealed and explanations and suggestions will be made on how to improve Singapore's urban sustainability. The results of the study are mixed. Singapore out-performs the comparable countries in some of the indicators such as the level of home ownership, infant mortality rate, life expectancy and air quality. However, other indicators such as per capita GDP, fertility rate, C02 emission level and ecological footprint, shows that Singapore have much to do improve its urban sustainability. This can be done through the formulation and effective implementation of specific policies pertaining to these issues. In this way, Singapore can improve its sustainability, despite its limited environmental endowment and many natural resource challenges.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/213304
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