JOHOR BAHRU, 27th JUNE 2019 – Recently, the Centre of Environmental Sustainability and Water Security (IPASA), UTM had successfully organised two Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Introductory Workshops aimed to introduce the recently awarded GCRF project to the stakeholders of Sg. Johor River Basin.

 

Both workshops were held at Hotel Impiana, Senai, Johor. The first introductory workshop was held on 18th of June, attended by various federal and state government agencies, private agencies and academicians. The second workshop was held on the 25th of June attended by various environment and water related NGOs, local community representatives (i.e.: Penghulu, Ketua Kampung, Tok Batin Orang Asli, and Wakil Persatuan Nelayan).

 

In total, approximately 81 participants from government agencies and 28 participants from NGOs and local community representatives attended both workshops. The workshops started at 9.00 am with an opening and introductory speech from the principal investigator, Prof. Dr. Azmi Aris, followed by a presentation on water issues in Sg. Johor river basin by Prof. Zulkifli Yusop. The participants were then divided into groups of eight to ten persons to discuss on the issues, factors, current practices, proposed solutions and barriers of water management in Sg. Johor. The participants were full of enthusiasm and actively involved themselves in the group discussions. Plenty of on-ground knowledge and experiences were shared among the participants. Both workshops ended at 4.30 pm with a closing remark by the principal investigator. Participants were looking forward to attend future workshops as they feel that it is a good platform for them to contribute towards developing a sustainable and integrated river basin management of Sg. Johor.

 

The followings are some of the photos taken during GCRF Introductory Workshops on 18th June and 25th of June 2019.

Group Photo of GCRF Introductory Workshop on 18th June 2019

One of the group discussions onĀ  18th June

One of the group presenters sharing the discussion outcome from his group on 18th June

 

 

Group Photo of GCRF Introductory Workshop on 25th June 2019

One of the group discussions on 25th June

Ketua Kampung presenting the discussion outcomes from his group, Group 3

2 representatives from Group 2 sharing their thoughts during the discussion outcome presentation

Another Ketua Kampung representing Group 1 interacting with others during his group presentation