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January 21, 2020

Climate change is reshaping the environment, economics and human lives

Aurecon has appointed Stephanie Groen as Director of Coastal & Climate Change in Asia with effect from 6 January 2020. In this newly created role, Stephanie will establish and lead Aurecon's Coastal and Climate Change practice in Asia.
      "As part of our commitment to engineer a better future for Asia, we created a new position to help our clients face the challenges and opportunities around climate change," said Stephane Asselin, Managing Director -- Asia.  "Climate change is impacting people's lives, economics and the environment, so we are delighted Stephanie is joining us to strengthen our coastal and environmental practice."
      Up to 3.4 billion people could be living in water-stressed areas of Asia by 2050, according to a recent report from the Asian Development Bank. The Asia Development Bank also found that Southeast Asia is likely to sustain larger economic losses from climate change than most other areas in the world -- the region's GDP could be reduced by 11% due to climate change.
      "Stephanie is a proven leader in the water and environmental consultancy industries. She will be leading our Aurecon teams to help clients mitigate the impact of climate change through human-centred design," Stephane said.
      Based in Singapore, Stephanie will leverage her 18 years of professional experience in water, marine and environmental consultancy to help clients mitigate the risk from climate change in this increasingly important area of engineering. Some of the key projects over Stephanie's career include:
• Development of a climate change adaption framework for Singapore's Building & Construction Authority (BCA).
• Advising the Singapore Government Agencies Maritime and Port Authority, JTC Corporation and Housing & Development Board on marine dredging and reclamation works for the development of Tuas Port, Jurong Island, Pulau Tekong and Pasir Panjang Terminals.
• Development of a disaster risk assessment for the state of Uttarakhand in India for the World Bank.
      "At a time when we're seeing accelerating impacts which are related to climate change, proper risk assessment, planning and adaptation to long-term visions will be vital for companies in Asia to develop their projects for a more sustainable future," Stephanie said. "I look forward to creating a strong foundation for Aurecon's Coastal & Climate Change practice in Asia and delivering human-centred designs that are both sustainable and future-ready."

Stephanie Groen


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