ENVIRONMENTAL sustainability is an important agenda in the development of community and country.
The United Nations (UN) supports the implementation of environmental sustainability through its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
With that in mind, Management and Science University (MSU) and Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID), which signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in August last year, continued their collaboration with the launch of the MSU Sungai Damansara National River Trail Project.
Present at the launch were Environment and Water Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang and MSU president Prof Tan Sri Mohd Shukri Ab Yajid.
The MOU between MSU and DID encompasses research, development and innovation, hydrology and water resource, management of rivers and their corridors, consultation and advice, skills and training as well as production and publication of high-impact journals.
The pilot project, which supports UN SDG 15: Life on Land, involves carrying out environmental appreciation as well as development activities along Sungai Damansara.
For the first phase, 15 projects will be implemented within a year covering
4km behind the campus and university
hospitals, including jogging trails, walkways and recreation areas for the community, entrepreneurship projects and cultivation of medicinal plants. It involves participation of lecturers, students and the local community.
The clean-up around Sungai Damansara saw more than 300 volunteers consisting of MSU staff, students and the alumni.
Among the projects that have been carried out before include MSU Environmental and Sustainability Project; MSU My Mountain Project in Gunung Nuang, Selangor; the Eco-Marine; MSU My Coral project in Teluk Geluk, Terengganu as well as the Largest Mudball-Throwing Event of River Revival that is listed in the Malaysia Book of Records.
The implementation of these activities contributed to MSU being listed among the top 401+ universities in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking 2020 for supporting UN initiatives in achieving the SDGs.
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