GEC's 20th Anniversary
Year 2018 marks our 20 years of building partnership for the environment.
It also marks two decades of GEC’s accomplishments.
We are growing stronger and reaching further, working strategically side by side with the governments, NGOs, corporate partners and local communities for the betterment of our environment.
Founder and Director of GEC
GEC was established in 1998 in Malaysia to work on environmental issues of global importance. The Centre is registered as a non-profit organisation but works regionally and internationally both directly and through many partners. GEC supports information exchange and capacity building as well as undertakes strategic projects particularly in developing countries. It works in partnership with other like-minded agencies worldwide.
Support and commitment given by funders and partners of GEC has enabled GEC to continue to advocate for protection, rehabilitation and sustainable use of forests, mangroves, peatlands and rivers with a key focus on community involvement and biodiversity conservation as well as education empowerment awareness and capacity building with various organisations, sectors and the public.
Significant achievements have been made despite many challenges lie ahead in conserving and protecting the environment and natural resources. Below are selected achivements accomplished since 1998:
- GEC has undertaken more than 150 projects successfully in more than 15 countries; covering environmental issues of global importance with a strong focus on river basin, wetlands, biodiversity and climate change.
- GEC is formally recognised by Malaysian Government and ASEAN for its pioneering work in mangrove, peat swamp forest, river and coastal management and community engagement.
- GEC is the founding collaborative partner of ASEAN Peatland Management Initiative & ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy which provides a road map for the management of the 23 million hectare of peatlands in ASEAN and continues providing technical and operational support to ASEAN Member States.
- GEC has directly assisted the establishment of more than 25 community groups to safeguard and restore natural resources.
- GEC has planted more than 550,000 mangrove and peat swamp forest trees with help of more than 50,000 volunteers.
- GEC has developed various environmental educational programmes such as RIVER Ranger, SMART Ranger, DRH20, ISLAND Ranger, Peatland Forest Ranger and Junior Peatland Forest Ranger which has been adopted and endorsed by the Ministry of Education and other government agencies.
- GEC has established four river open education centers. These centers served as river education and conservation center for public to learn about importance of local waterways and empower them to protect the waterways from pollution. These open classrooms have benefited approximately 5000 people.
- GEC has established the National River Care Fund (NRCF) which has channeled RM250, 000 to 40 projects and trainings for local community, community-based/non-profit organisations in river care activities.
GEC 20th ANNIVERSARY FORUM
GEC has been working for 20 years with different partners and stakeholders in natural resources and environmental protection and conservation in Malaysia and globally. In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, GEC has organised a forum entitled “Building Partnership for the Environment” to bring together different stakeholders to share experiences and success stories in multi-stakeholder management of natural resources with the following objectives:
• To showcase multi-stakeholder partnership in the environment and natural resource conservation;
• To bring together GEC’s partner/supporters, communities and media to share experience and success stories in the environment and natural resource conservation; and
• To raise awareness on the role and importance of engagement of different stakeholders in environment and natural resource conservation.
The Forum was held on April 23, 2019, at Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) and has gathered more than 100 participants from the government, private sector, community and civil society, to share experiences, challenges and success stories on multi-stakeholder engagement and partnership in natural resources management.
Among the topics that were discussed is sustainable management of peatland, river, water, forest and coastal resources through active partnerships with various stakeholders including companies, government agencies, community-based organisations, universities and local communities.
Download the forum report and presentations as below:
Session 1: Sustainable Peatland Management and Haze Prevention
- Presentation 1.1: GEC’s Role on Sustainable Peatland Management and Smoke Haze Prevention by GEC
- Presentation 1.2:Status OF Implementation OF National Action Plans ON Peatlands(NAPP) by Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia
- Presentation 1.3: Challenges Faced By DOE To Prevent Peatland Fires & Haze by Department of Environment Malaysia
- Presentation 1.4: Sustainability at IOI Corporation: Our Journey Forward
Session 2: River and water Resource Management
- Presentation 2.1: Community & River Management – GEC@20Y by GEC
- Presentation 2.3: 12 Years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe by SPARK Foundation
- Presentation 2.4: Community River Adoption (Urban Communty Garden) by KRT Rumah Pangsa AU2 Taman Keramat
Session 3: Community-based Management of Forest and Coastal Habitat
- Presentation 3.1:Community- based Management of Forest and Coastal Ecosystem by GEC
- Presentation 3.2: Permanent Reserved Forests in Selangor by Selangor State Foresty Department
- Presentation 3.3: Corporate Resposibility Initiative by HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad
- Presentation 3.4: Sahabat Hutan Gambut Selangor Utara
PHOTO & VIDEO
Celebrating 20 years of Partnership for the Environment