Three Malaysian Cities Contending in the WWF’s One Planet City Challenge
Since the inception of the challenge in 2011, WWF has engaged over 400 cities across five continents. The global challenge calls upon countries to report ambitious and innovative climate actions, and to demonstrate how they are delivering on the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
“WWF-Malaysia is very proud that more cities are stepping up to the sustainability challenge by implementing various environmental initiatives. Free public transport, tax rebates for green measures conducted in residential properties and the introduction of electric charging for hybrid vehicles are just some of the key steps that our Malaysian cities have made towards sustainable development,” mentioned Dato' Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma, Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia.
Melaka became one of the national finalists for their multi-million ringgit river rehabilitation project while Kuala Lumpur has made serious attempts to expand its public transportation network. Similarly, Shah Alam has expanded on biodiversity initiatives by setting up urban parks within the city centre.
“The most important advantage of a sustainable city is that it follows such a development path that allows for an integral and long-term development without compromising future generations. Among others, a sustainable city strives to build natural open spaces, reduce waste, promote sense of community, provide clean air, improve water quality, and value environmental diversity. As of now, nine Malaysian cities and urban centres have taken part from 2014 to 2018. WWF-Malaysia hopes to see more progressive Malaysian cities join the challenge in the coming years,” said Dato' Dr Dionysius.
It is estimated that 80% of the country’s population will become urbanised by 2030. As it is, 1.8 million people already live in Kuala Lumpur, hence it becomes critical for our country to innovate and improvise by capitalising on renewable energy technologies. It is essential that we promote sustainable consumption and production to enhance residents’ quality of life without causing further stress to our planet's ecological capacity.
The three Malaysian national finalists will also now participate in the OPCC's "We Love Cities" campaign, which aims to inspire and engage their respective citizens for support as well as sharing ideas for improvement from 7 May to 30 June 2018. The national and global winner will be announced sometime in June or July 2018. Visit www.panda.org/opcc and www.welovecities.org for further details and updates on how to vote for our Malaysian cities. Netizens are also welcome to provide suggestions to city and municipal councils on how they may further improve upon their sustainability efforts.
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For more information, please contact:
Sr Communications Officer of Education for Sustainable Development Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-7450 3773
Manager, Urban Planning and Management (ESD)
Tel: +603-7450 3773