A Nature-based solutions (NbS): Bridging the knowledge gap workshop was organized by WWF-Malaysia and Wetlands International Malaysia from the 24-25th of July 2023 at REDAC and the Bukit Jawi Gold Resort.
Water Watch Penang, as one of the partners of WWF-Malaysia for this workshop, were represented by Prof. Dr. Chan Ngai Weng, the President of WWP and Dr. Chee Su Yin, one of the committee members of WWP.
Prof Dr Chan Ngai Weng, as the guest of honor for the workshop, also played his role as a moderator for the workshop session. Dr. Chee Su Yin, who is also representing the Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, USM, simultaneously, delivered the keynote entitled “Nature-based Solutions in Marine and Coastal Environments of Malaysia: Past Efforts, Lessons Learned and Way Forward”.
The workshop was attended by 20 participants including Prof. Dr. Nor Azazi Zakaria (ex-Director of REDAC) from Jabatan Saliran dan Pengairan, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Remy Rozainy Mohd Arif Zainol (Director of REDAC), representatives from Wetlands International-Malaysia, Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran (JPS) and the Malaysian Stormwater Organization (MSO).
Among the topics discussed were flood risk mitigation using NbS, success stories from other countries, gaps and challenges of mainstreaming NbS in Malaysia, and technicalities involved in terms of hydrodynamic modelling and the latest advances in NbS.
WWP looks forward to strengthening ties and collaborate further with different expertise to increase the uptake of NbS in Malaysia.
Report and Photos by Dr. Chee Su Yin