Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Interconnected risks in more complex security environment

SINGAPORE : Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean has said a more complex security environment means there are no dominant risks, but interconnected ones which could come together in a major event.

Mr Teo, who is also Coordinating Minister for National Security, outlined a three-pronged approach to tackle such risks.

Speaking at a security conference on Monday, he called for a multi-disciplinary approach where various perspectives are considered to better understand how things are connected.

Mr Teo also said strategies and responses need to be constantly reviewed.

Lastly, he said international collaboration is crucial for effective response to complex issues, and agencies in different countries must work together.

Mr Teo cited how Singapore deals with climate change as an example of how it has to adapt to a complex challenge.

He said: "We have made plans to protect our coasts and to improve our drainage. Singapore's coastal reclamation sites were previously required to be at least a minimum of 1.25 metres above the highest recorded historical tide levels. For new reclamation projects, this has now been raised by an additional one metre."

Mr Teo added that authorities are doing a Risk Map Study - to be completed by next year - to identify specific coastal areas at risk of flooding.

- CNA/ms

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Source Form Channel News Asia

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