A country forum was jointly organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change (NRECC) Malaysia and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
This was part of the engagement under the OECD project on ‘Driving a sustainable ocean economy in Southeast Asia’, which is designed to support the ASEAN countries to promote sustainable ocean economy and address policy challenges related to marine plastic pollution by providing policy guidance and best practices.
The opening of the forum was graced by Ms. Noor Afifah Abdul Razak, the Deputy Secretary General of NRECC and Ms. Eija Kiiskinen, Senior Global Relations Advisor, OECD Environment Directorate.
Ms. Cheryl Rita, Research Fellow and Head of the MIMA Centre for Straits of Malacca (SOM) was invited to speak on the challenges in data collection, monitoring and assessment of the marine plastic pollution in Malaysia, as part of the larger engagement under the blue economy.
The forum attracted stakeholders from the government agencies, academia/experts as well as non-governmental organisations working on the issue at the national level. Discussions focused on the status, issues and challenges, as well as information needs/ outlook to tackle marine pollution in a holistic manner at the national and regional levels, in support of the ongoing discussions for a global plastic treaty.MIMA has been playing a crucial role in addressing the policy gaps and needs on the issue at the national level, alongside NRECC, and will continue to strive towards providing feasible recommendations for effective solutions.