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8 November 2012 (Thursday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has successfully hosted the Capacity Building for Undertaking Ecosystem Assessments Workshop for the ASEAN Member States from 29 October to 2 November 2012.The workshop gathered 45 participants from 10 ASEAN countries including highly-experienced resource persons from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management to share and discuss knowledge and experience on how to conduct ecosystem assessments.
Funded by the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management, it was designed to increase the profile of and participation in the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
The activities of the workshop, held at the Morinda-Garcinia Room in FRIM, were intended to coordinate with and complement the regional and capacity building initiatives of the Sub-Global Assessment Network (SGA).
The participants comprised researchers, forestry officers, environmental planners, administrators and policy-makers.
The NRE Biodiversity and Forestry Management Division Undersecretary, Wan Hasmah Wan Mohd, officiated the opening ceremony held on 29 October.
Also present was the FRIM Forest Biodiversity Division Director Dr Saw Leng Guan.
The workshop format included lectures, discussions, interactive group work and training exercises that encouraged sharing of experiences among participants.
There were nine facilitators to guide the participants throughout the workshop, namely: Dr Megan Tierney, Dr Matthew Ling and Lucy Wilson from WCMC; Zhang Jinhua from UNEP-Regional Office for Asia Pacific; Dr Nina Vik from the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management; Dr Clarissa Arida and Corazon A. from ACB; and Dr Saw Leng Guan and Dr Lillian Chua of FRIM.The IBO programme, launched in April 2012 and coordinated by Agency Inovasi Malaysia (AIM), offers various inventions and innovations developed and owned by local research centres, institutes and universities to be commercialised by the private sector.It was reported that the first phase of the IBO programme had received a revenue projection totaling RM1.58 billion for business operations of three years.With the launching, the second phase is now open to all local businesses for bidding, as part of the government’s effort to create wealth through innovations.AIM, which is spearheading the wealth creation in Malaysia through knowledge, technology and innovation, is a statutory body set up by the government through the Malaysia Innovation Agency Act 2010.It is the driving force behind Malaysia’s thrust towards establishing an ‘innovation economy’ and achieving a high-income nation status.