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Raising awareness on environmentally friendly shipping

9 October 2017
Johor, Malaysia

In conjunction with the Johor Expo 2017, the Johor National Parks Corporation (JNPC) organised a public talk focusing on shipping activities and environmental protection initiatives being undertaken in Johor.

It is widely acknowledged that while shipping is a safe and clean mode of transportation, the industry does have a significant impact on the environment. As shipping is a global industry responsible for approximately 90 per cent of world trade, the impacts of increasing pollution and illegal discharges are felt worldwide. Within the last decade however, a number of proactive efforts to encourage environmental management improvements within the shipping industry have evolved focusing on achieving sustainability. Shipping operations that maintain a healthy environment are of crucial importance to the communities and the industry as a whole, particularly as awareness grows with respect to climate change and green initiatives. Environmental awareness through education in sustainable shipping is increasingly valued and was the focus of this forum.

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During the forum

 

Speakers included representatives from the Marine Department Malaysia, Malaysian Marine Enforcement Agency (MMEA), MIMA, and PETRONAS. The forum discussed several critical areas including enforcement focusing on environmental threats, environmental management in an oil spill, and the proposed establishment of protected areas. 

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Speakers with the Director of JNPC (middle) 

 

The forum was well received by the general public and students who attended with interest shown through questions and discussions focusing on related areas such as fisheries, pollution control and compensation regime, as well as effective enforcement through fines and law suits in Johor waters. 

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