Towards water sustainability


THE Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (Cetdem) wishes to mark yesterday’s World Water Day by stating that Malaysia needs urgently to ensure the whole water cycle is sustainably managed, rather than being fixated on chemical water pollution problems in Johor and Selangor. Cetdem think-tank Sudi published in December 2018 a report titled Towards Water Sustainability that set out 22 recommendations on how sustainability could be achieved.

Copies of this report have been sent to the National Water Council; Water, Land and Natural Resources minister; Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change minister; all chief ministers and mentris besar; as well as relevant agencies, asking them to act on relevant recommendations.

Cetdem strongly believes that serious implementation of our recommendations by all major stakeholders will enable the holistic and sustainable management of this important resource.

Among the major problems identified were poor coordination between agencies, inconsistent enforcement of regulations, lack of conservation efforts (except during water shortage spells) and treating rivers as convenient dump sites. There are extensive recommendations on improving governance at all levels.

We urge that recipients of our report act on the recommendations (and advise us and the media of these actions) so that Malaysia moves towards water sustainability rather than continuing to tackle problems in an ad hoc manner.GURMIT SINGH K.S.

Chairman

Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia