MONDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER – Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) in collaboration with the state of Sabah had organised the ‘Third Country Training Programme (TCTP)’, a knowledge sharing programme on tropical forest conservation with third world countries.
The training programme entitled ‘Integrated Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management’ involved 13 participants from five nations namely the Philippines, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea, Botswana and Tanzania. This year, TCTP entered the second phase while the first phase was completed in 2009 and 2010.
The Vice-Chancellor of UMS, Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Harun Abdullah at the opening ceremony of TCTP said, the programme received financing from the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aimed at sharing of knowledge relating to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation in an integrated and centralised method.
He added that the TCTP programme in Sabah had given a positive impact to the participants during the first phase. A total of 54 government staff from 16 nations were involved in the first phase of the programme.
Also present at the opening ceremony were the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia (MFA), Sabah Regional Office, Tuan Haji Mahrulzahrin bin Miskan; Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative, Shinobu Yoshizawa; Chief Advisor of Sustainable Development on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation (SDBEC), Suzuki Kazunobu and Acting Director of the Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation cum Organising Chairman of the programme, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Charles S. Vairappan. – FL
By Mohd. Affzanizam Mohd. Amin
Photo: Ernest Berinus