Using green infrastructure to control urban floods: a win-win for cities

We have all come across people whose homes have beautiful and always blooming plants and flowers – people with a so-called “green thumb”. But did you know that cities too can have a “green thumb”? Singapore is certainly one of those cities. Also known as the "garden city”, Singapore is set to become a "city in a garden”. The abundance of greenery is a striking feature, with parks, green roofs, street side plants, and trees on every corner. But greenery is not there just to please the eye and create livable public areas — it also helps mitigate the risk of flooding. Singapore, like many other densely-populated cities, is at risk of flooding. One way to tackle this is by greening public spaces and encouraging private development to follow the principles of the government’s flagship “ABC” program , which looks to make water “Active, Beautiful and Clean”. Carefully planned and...

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