“Clean, Green and Blue: Singapore’s Journey Towards Environmental and Water Sustainability” sets out Singapore’s journey towards a good, clean, living environment. The book highlights the policy considerations, constraints and trade-offs in each area of the environment, offering insights as to how key decisions were made, and the learning points that can be drawn from them.


Part 1: Drawing Lessons from Singapore’s Environmental Journey
Part 2: Achieving a Clean Environment
Part 3: Closing the Water Loop
Part 4: Applying Economics and Working with the Community
Part 5: Looking Ahead to Future Challenges


Preface by Mr Tan Yong Soon

I wanted to produce a book to explain how Singapore came to choose the environmental path it did. Not just what we did, but how we made our calculations and reached our decisions. And through reflecting on the past, I wanted to synthesize the principles that would lead us forward into the future.

I hope this book will be read by Singaporeans who wish to play a role in improving the living environment, whether they are working in the government or the environment and water industry, or are just concerned members of the public. The latter group is especially important because the environment is everyone's business, and is too important to be left to only the professionals and policy makers. It will be an added bonus if professionals in other cities also find the book useful to their work. Since more than half of the world's population live in cities and all of us live on the same earth, each person taking action to improve his local environment will collectively result in significant improvements for the global environment.


Clean, Green and Blue is sold at the following stores:

  • ISEAS Bookstore
    30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
    Pasir Panjang
    Singapore 119614
    Fax: 65-67756259
    ISEAS website
  • Kinokuniya Book Stores
  • Select Bookshop
  • Times NewsLink (Changi Airport T1 and T2)
  • Plaza Bookshop
  • NUS Co-op
  • Times the Bookshop


I welcome this book as an inspiring how-to guide for any city seeking to improve its environment - the book shows that investment in environment sustainability can indeed be fully compatible with economic growth.

Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General, World Health Organisation

Singapore's environmental story is an inspiring one. This book is a must read by anyone who wants to know how Singapore did it.

Professor Tommy Koh
Chairman, Preparatory Committee and
Chairman, Main Committee
UN Conference on Environment and

Singapore's environmental aspirations and achievements are presented with clarity and insight in this book. Its inclusive perspective recognizes not just the government's major role but the importance of community and NGO participation / partnerships in attaining the vision of environmental sustainability.

Dr Geh Min
President, Nature Society of Singapore (2000-2008)

This book will unquestionably make all Singaporeans proud of their environmental achievements, and at the same time enable other countries, both developed and developing, to learn many lessons from a most remarkable success story.

Professor Asit K. Biswas
President, Third World Centre for Water Management, Mexico and
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore

Singapore provides an exciting example of how good governance can ensure the integration of environmental sustainability into city planning and the pursuit of economic development.

Achim Steiner
Executive Director, United Nations Environmental

Yong Soon and his team have rightly sought to reach out to everyone who is concerned with the sustainability of our planet and who wishes to play a role in improving the living environment.

Lim Chee Onn
Executive Chairman, Keppel Corp