Utilization of Islands Off an Urban Waterfront: The Case of Singapore

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by Lin Sien Chia, Natl Univ of Singapore,
Habibullah Khan, Natl Univ of Singapore,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: The major oil refineries of Singapore are located on the Bukom and the Ayer Chawan groups of islands. Other southern islands have been exclusively developed for tourist and recreational activities. From among the northern islands, the largest one namely Pulau (island) Tekong is used for military training, and Pulau Ubin, the second largest island is earmarked for high-tech farming and fishing. This paper examines the nature and process of development in these islets over the past two decades. A brief outline of the oceanographic features of the surrounding sea space is provided and followed by a list of the resources of these islands including land resources. The paper then describes the utilization pattern of industries, tourism and primary production. Aspects of population and migration are then covered and finally the question of 'optimality' in present usage is examined.

Subject Headings: Islands | Municipal water | Case studies | Sea water | Resource management | Environmental engineering | Petroleum refining | Tourism | Asia | Singapore

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