Johor Water Regulatory Body (BAKAJ) has recently appointed the Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Water Security (IPASA) to carry out a study on Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) at Skudai River, Johor. The study commenced on 1st August 2020 and will be completed in eight months.
The Hydrological Modelling Workshop and Global Water Security Symposium were held in Newcastle University on 20 – 21 January 2020 and 23 – 24 January 2020, respectively. Dr. Zulfaqar Sa’adi was chosen as representative of Malaysia Collaboratory under Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub to participate in the workshop and symposium.
The second Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Assembly was organised from 24th until 28th February 2020 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Researchers, along with postdoctorate researchers and postgraduate students from various countries such as India, Colombia, Ethiopia, United Kingdom, and Malaysia had come together to attended this year’s Hub Assembly. Among the participants were Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) team.
A research visit from Newcastle University (NU) was held to visit the Malaysia Collaboratory team. Malaysia Collaboratory team consists of researchers from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed). The purpose of the research visit was to understand and discuss work progress and future directions of the research work carried out by respective workstreams. Dr. Claire Walsh and Dr. Jaime Amezaga were the representatives from Newcastle University.
GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Assembly (Autumn) 2019 was held last week from 23rd to 26th September 2019 at Hotel Jen Puteri Harbour, Nusajaya, Johor. This Hub Assembly was co-organized by Centre for Environmental Sustainability (IPASA), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia and Newcastle University from United Kingdom. A total of 78 participants from United Kingdom, India, Ethiopia, Colombia and Malaysia had gathered at this annual Hub Assembly with the aim to finalise the Work Stream plans for the coming 12 months of the GCRF Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub (the Hub), with outline plans to the mid-term of the programme, and impacts around the Work Stream activities. Furthermore, the purpose of this Hub Assembly is to gain an understanding of the specific water security context in Malaysia and how the Hub can work together to address these issues. At the same time, through this Hub Assembly, not only partnerships across the Hub can be refreshed and re-energised, formation of new connections particularly among the Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and other stakeholders are facilitated as well.
GCRF Water Security & Sustainable Development Hub Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) and Theory of Change (TOC) Workshop was with the aim to develop clarity around the intended results of Malaysia collaboratory, which is central to enabling good project management.The workshop was intended to assist Malaysia collaboratory reflection on Theory of Change in relation to a particular water security issue. The workshop is considered a great success, as all participants learnt new knowledge on TOC and MEL.
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). 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.