Climate resilient development: The way forward for Malaysia

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  • Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022

THE Association of Consulting Architects Malaysia (ACAM) expresses its concerns over the loss of lives and property as a result of the recent floods, the severity of which has increased alarmingly over the years.

ACAM president Jafri Merican urges both the government and private sector to continue pursuing aggressive strategies for achieving the goals for Climate Resilient Development as introduced in the 11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020.

The government has since taken many positive steps in this direction, but more still needs to be done.

Although generally climate change is linked to environmental degradation at the global scale, locally it is more the consequence of unsustainable development issues within the country which have remained unresolved.

The design and planning of cities, buildings and its related infrastructure have unfortunately, in many cases, not taken into account the effects of climate change.

The government and private sector therefore need to work hand-in-hand to improve economic and physical development strategies and its implementation.

Drainage design for effective dispersal of our tropical rainwater is one of the many areas that require urgent and immediate attention to address the issue of increasingly heavier rainfall.

Without immediate measures, the intensity of floods will continue to increase unabated. Moreover, adaptation of our nationwide infrastructure to address climate change, mitigation measures to natural disasters and emergency response to victims’ needs, all require major improvements and reconsiderations.

The present mindset of our society engaged in all kinds of economic activities – especially those that directly impact the ecological environment such as property development, industries, agriculture, forestry and logging among others – need urgent changes. It cannot be overemphasised that natural green lungs, forest reserves, lakes, waterways, wetlands, mangrove swamps and many of our nation’s natural assets need protection from wanton destruction, etc via a combination of stricter enforcement and increased societal awareness.

ACAM is poised to contribute in an advisory role to assist the government in their efforts to achieve climate resilience in both economic and physical development.

It is the sincere hope of this assocation of professionals that the government will augment their on-going engagements with professionals in the private sector to improve strategies that can enhance the level of climate

resilience of our country while still affording us sustainable development for years to come.


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