Protected Areas Financing Project workshop garners feedback from stakeholdersJul 12, 2013
The “Enhancing Effectiveness and Financial Sustainability of Protected Areas in Malaysia” Project (Protected Areas Financing Project or PA Financing Project in short) held its first major stakeholder workshop from 27 to 28 June 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. The workshop was officiated by YBhg. Dato’ Abd Rasid bin Samsudin, Director General of Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
The PA Financing Project aims to establish a performance-based financing structure to support effective protected area system management. The project is executed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) and implemented by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP); supported by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Malaysia and funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). It is scheduled to be implemented over six years from 2012 to 2018. In order to achieve its objective, the project will work at three levels: federal, state and site levels.
Prior to this, the project implementation team had already been engaged in extensive stakeholder consultations at the state level, namely States of Perak, Pahang and Johor. This workshop provided yet another opportunity for stakeholders from a wider circle to be involved in this project.
The one-and-a-half day workshop was conducted in Kuala Lumpur with the following objectives:
- Ensure that stakeholders know about the project and its implementation
- Facilitate discussions amongst the stakeholders on strategies, activities and resources needed for successful implementation of the project
- Facilitate discussions and dialogue between stakeholders and Project Team on implementation, sustainability and other concerns
- Establishing linkages into existing initiatives of government agencies and NGO partners
More than 60 participants from the federal ministries and state agencies, PA management authorities, regional economic corridors, non-government organisations (NGOs) and the private/corporate sector benefitted from the discussions on various issues relevant to protected area financing. Key issues included performance indicators for fund allocations, innovative financing schemes such as conservation licence plates and conservation trust fund to complement existing fiscal allocation system, and a centre of excellence to raise protected area profile and build capacities. Stakeholders also had the opportunity to share experiences and good practices among themselves and to better understand their roles in the establishment of sustainable financing mechanism for protected areas in Malaysia.