SIWW 2024 coastal protection and flood resilience theme garners interest locally and internationally

This year’s Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) saw exchanges by global stakeholders on best practices on flood mitigation and coastal protection, under the new pillar of climate adaptation.

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At the Coastal and Flood Resilience Leaders’ Summit, the award of the second tranche of research projects under the Coastal Protection and Flood Resilience Institute (CFI) Singapore was announced.

The second tranche of eight projects will facilitate the implementation of coastal protection infrastructure. The awarded projects encompass a spectrum of research areas including monitoring and simulation of the coastal environment and impacts, as well as assessing coastal engineering solutions and nature-based approaches for coastal defense.

The committee is chaired by James Lam, executive director, coastal engineering and management, Surbana Jurong Consultants. Members comprise leaders from local companies such as HSL Constructor, Woh Hup and UpConverge as well as international companies such as Ramboll, China Communication Construction Company, and Delta Marine Consultants.

The Singapore Water Association (SWA) will also launch a new coastal protection chapter, to foster collaboration among companies and support the implementation of coastal protection infrastructure. SWA will also promote and link Singapore’s coastal protection and flood management industry to the international network, enhancing knowledge sharing and collaboration in the sector.

In conjunction with the new coastal protection chapter, SWA will sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CFI Singapore and the Forum for Climate Change Adaptation (FCCA). This MoU aims to bring expertise from both industry and academia and will strengthen closer collaboration.

National water agency PUB has also launched an open Request-for-Proposal (RFP) to seek solutions to support Singapore’s coastal protection and flood management efforts. This grant call is under the applied research pillar of Coastal Protection and Flood Management Research Programme, established in 2023.

Aimed at addressing Singapore’s unique circumstances, the RFP will consider five topics: sustainable materials, smart structural health monitoring, decision making for adaptive planning, innovative solutions, and sensors for sediment transport.

For instance, a focus area aims to explore sustainable construction material that could be used for coastal protection structures. Given that extensive coastal protection infrastructure is required to protect more than 300km of Singapore’s coastlines, there is a need to source for sustainable materials which are durable in the dynamic coastal environment in order to have long service life.

This grant call is open to Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), public sector entities, and private sector companies based in Singapore. Interested applicants must submit their proposals through the official application portal by 6 Aug 2024, Singapore time 4pm.