Environmental Study Tour for Officials from Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia
Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, MPSJ
Alam Sekitar Sdn Bhd, ASMA
KUALA LUMPUR: Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia wants to learn from the Malaysian experience in the management of environmental protection programmes in their effort to review and revitalise the environmental protection in the republic.
The Acting Deputy Minister of Spatial Environmental Management, Ministry of Environment, Ibu Hermien Roosita said, this include Malaysia’s experience in the planning, implementation and monitoring processes, as well as the management tools used like the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
“Beside Malaysia, we also visited Thailand to observe how they are implementing their environmental protection programmes. As we are in the process of revitalising our implementation of EIA, we want to see how these two countries are managing theirs.
We are interested to see what works and what doesn’t, as well as to see if we can adopt some of the measures that are working well in the neighboring countries,” said the Acting Deputy Minister during her three days visit to Malaysia.
The visit from 12th to 14th November 2007, headed by Ibu Hermien, included 15 delegates from various departments related to the implementation of EIA, as well as representatives of regional offices of Kalimantan, Jawa, Sumatera and Sumapapua.
The visit was conducted in the framework of the Environmental Sector Programme Phase 1, which is a cooperative program between the Government of Indonesia and the Royal Danish Government through the Danish International Development Assistance (Danida).
During the visit, the delegates met with officers from the Ministry of Environment at the Federal and Selangor offices, Alam Sekitar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ASMA) and other registered EIA consultant.
Ibu Hermien said, the two countries were chosen because of the similarities in culture and development challenges, as well as the existence of Danida-supported projects with similar scopes and objectives.
The visit came back to back with another from the same ministry, focusing on the Malaysian experience in establishing environment institution and capacity building. The 11 delegates, headed by Pak Chaeruddin Hasyim, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Environmental Institution, Ministry of Environment from 4th to 8th November, visited offices of the Economic Planning Unit, Department of Environment, Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN), Indah Water Konsortium, Alam Sekitar Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya.
The earlier study visit was also aimed at exposing the delegates to the overall environmental policy, strategy and coordination planning, implementation of economic tools as well as development of programmes under assistance from Danida.