Environ education policy launched

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah launched the State-level Environment Education Policy, Thursday, to instil environmental stewardship and a sustainable lifestyle among the people.

In his speech read by Assistant Minister Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said the the policy is timely as various efforts and initiatives have been made to ensure environmental education transcends all levels of society.

“It is my hope to see the implementation of programmes and activities on environmental education in Sabah become more coordinated, more focused with no duplication of tasks, moving towards the same mission so that the resources can be used in an optimal manner,” he said.

His Ministry is taking the lead to formulate the Sabah Environmental Policy under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).

The development of the policy is supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation (BBEC) Programme.

Ministry Permanent Secretary Datuk Suzannah Liaw, in her welcoming speech read by her deputy William Baya, said the Environment Education Policy outlined six strategies.

“It is a huge challenge to change people’s mindset to be more environmentally friendly but I believe, if all of us persevere and have a strong cooperation, this can be achieved. I also believe that change must come from within and thus we must start from ourselves,” she said.

JICA Chief Technical Adviser of the BBEC II Programme, Motohiro Hasegawa, said one of the major efforts under the BBEC Phase I was to initiate the drafting of the said policy in 2006.

In January 2007, the first draft of the policy was finalised under the BBEC Phase I. The first draft of the policy was further fine-tuned with the Sabah Environmental Education Network (SEEN) members headed by the Environment Protection Department as the SEEN Secretariat under BBEC Phase II in 2008.

A seminar on the implementation of the said policy was held after the launching to present the action plans of each intervention in the policy.

The seminar was the beginning of the policy implementation on the ground.

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