Malaysia National Policy in Biological Diversity

  • General Information

This NPBD was aims to conserve Malaysia’s biological diversity and to ensure that its components are utilised in a sustainable manner for the continued progress and socio-economic development of the nation [1][3]. Therefore, NPBD aims to provide the direction for the nation to implement efforts according to the following objectives:

  • To optimise economic benefits from sustainable utilisation of the components of biological diversity
  • To ensure long-term food security for the nation
  • To maintain and improve environment stability for proper functioning of ecological systems
  • To ensure preservation of the unique biological heritage of the nation for the benefit of present and future generations
  • To enhance scientific and technological knowledge, and educational, social, cultural and aesthetic values of biological diversity
  • To emphasize biosafety considerations in the development and application of biotechnology [1].

This NPBD aims to conserve Malaysia’s biological diversity and to ensure that its components are utilised in a sustainable manner for the continued progress and socio-economic development of the nation [1][3]. Therefore, NPBD aims to provide the direction for the nation to implement efforts according to the following objectives:

  • To optimise economic benefits from sustainable utilisation of the components of biological diversity
  • To ensure long-term food security for the nation
  • To maintain and improve environment stability for proper functioning of ecological systems
  • To ensure preservation of the unique biological heritage of the nation for the benefit of present and future generations
  • To enhance scientific and technological knowledge, and educational, social, cultural and aesthetic values of biological diversity
  • To emphasize biosafety considerations in the development and application of biotechnology [1]

NPBD outlines a total of 15 strategies with 96 action plans for effective management of biological diversity.

  • Strategy I – Improve the Scientific Knowledge base
  • Strategy II – Enhance sustainable utilisation of the components of biological diversity
  • Strategy III – Develop a centre of excellence in industrial research in tropical biological diversity
  • Strategy IV – Strengthen the institutional framework for biological diversity management
  • Strategy V – Strengthen and integrate conservation programme
  • Strategy VI – Integrate biological diversity consideration into sectoral planning strategy
  • Strategy VII – Enhance skill, capacities and competence
  • Strategy VIII – encourage private sector participation
  • Strategy IX – Review legislation to reflex biological diversity needs
  • Strategy X – Minimize impacts of human activities on biological diversity
  • Strategy XI – Develop policies, regulations, laws and capacity building on biosafety
  • Strategy XII – Enhance institutional and public awareness
  • Strategy XIII – Promote international cooperation and collaboration
  • Strategy XIV – Exchange of information
  • Strategy XV – Establishing funding mechanisms [1][2][3]
  • Contact Details 

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
Wisma Sumber Asli No.25,
Persiaran Perdana, Precint 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62574 Putrajaya,
Malaysia.
Tel: +603-8886 1111
Fax: +603-8889 2672
Website: http://www.nre.gov.my


References:

  1. Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, Malaysia. National Policy on Biological Diversity. 1988. Last accessed on 22 Jan 2013 at http://www.cbd.int/doc/world/my/my-nbsap-01-en.pdf 
  2. Akademi Sains Malaysia. Achievements, opportunities and challenges: Conference on Biodiversity and National Development. 2009. Last accessed on 22 Jan 2013 at http://www.akademisains.gov.my/download/proceedings/Biodiversity.pdf
  3. Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia. Report on National Capacity Needs Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management and National Capacity Action Plan. 2008. Last accessed on 22 Jan 2013 at http://www.thegef.org/gef/sites/thegef.org/files/documents/document/ncsa-malaysia-fr-ap.pdf