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Developing governance solutions with marine spatial planning

Writing Workshops with the Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS) of the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) under a Joint Research Project focusing on marine spatial planning in Terengganu

1 & 28 August, 19 September 2017
Kuala Terengganu

Coastal and marine ecosystems are impacted constantly by a multitude of different stressors. This is seen in the coastal and marine areas of Malaysia which have increasing concentrations of human activities (e.g. recreation and tourism, energy, commerce and trade, fisheries and aquaculture) and settlements for access to employment, leisure, and recreation from the natural resources. The increasing pressure and limited space on coastal and sea areas require solutions on how they can be used more sustainably. Impacts associated with increased levels of activities, coupled with the ancillary development required to support the growth of the sector (e.g. marinas, coastal walkways, improved shore access, to name a few), present particular environmental management challenges. These development pressures and their associated impacts often lead to a decline in the ecological integrity of marine environment.

With the declaring of the Tun Mustapha Park as the largest marine park in Malaysia using good management practices based on the marine spatial planning tool (MSP), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Malaysia is funding a joint study on its use in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and MIMA. Researchers with diverse knowledge backgrounds and skills are formulating a marine spatial plan for establishing good governance for the Terengganu based on current and future activities in the area. Ms. Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment, MIMA who is also an Associate Fellow with the UMT’s Institute of Oceanography and Environment (INOS) is a collaborating member in the study.

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The team is currently finalising a study report proposing governance measures for the state using the MSP.

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During the discussions

The MSP is a process of analysing and allocating the spatial and temporal distribution of human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic, and social objectives that are usually specified through a political process. It plays an important role as it takes into account the principles of ecosystem based management for its implementation, with strong emphasis on cumulative impacts from multiple activities of sea use.

MIMA is pleased to work with academics and the national Higher Institution Centre of Excellence (HICoE) in Marine Science Leadership in establishing a policy-science nexus for the implementation of effective management and governance in this area.

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