Consultation Workshop on “Local Level Needs and Priorities for Climate Change Adaptation”

The consultation workshop was held on 14 September 2015, at Danau Golf Club, UKM Bangi. The Workshop was an activity of the Project on Enhancing Climate Change Adaptation in Southeast Asia (Phase 1) funded by the ASEAN-India Green Fund, and implemented by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM). The Workshop was organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and SEADPRI-UKM. The purpose of the Workshop was to discuss national strategies and challenges in addressing climate change adaptation and identify 3-5 local level initiatives to be considered for funding by the ASEAN-India Green Fund under the ASEAN Regional Work Programme on Climate Change Adaptation.

The workshop was attended by about 30 participants, primarily from government agencies. The half-day programme comprised of an opening, followed by lead presentations and a break-out session where the speakers and attendees were divided into 4 groups to discuss a specific topic.

The officiating remarks was delivered by YBhg. Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Bin Haji Nik, Deputy Secretary General (Environment) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. He called on participants to contribute effectively and leverage on exiting initiatives to enhance local level climate change adaptation. The lead presentation commenced with an overview of climate resilient development in the 11th Malaysia Plan, which covers mitigation, adaptation and disaster risk reduction (Ahmad Kamal Bin Wasis, Economic Planning Unit). This was followed by four sector specific presentations highlighting priorities for health (Dr. Daud Abdul Rahim, Ministry of Health), food security (Dato’ Dr Mohamad Zabawi, MARDI), critical infrastructure (Ms. Aiza Mahani Mozi, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water), water and coastal regions (Dr. Saim Suratman, National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia), and biodiversity and forest (Dr. Samsudin Musa, Forest Research Institute Malaysia).

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