UTM-LCARC Exhibits and Promotes Malaysia’s “Science to Action” (S2A) Approach to City-level Climate Change Action Plan-making at COP 23

Bonn, Germany, 12th November – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), through the UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre (UTM-LCARC) that is based in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, organises an exhibition and participates in side events at the 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November 2017.

Prof. TPr. Dr. Ho Chin Siong and TPr. Chau Loon Wai from the Department of Urban Regional Planning lead UTM’s participation at COP 23, which is presided by the island nation of Fiji and hosted by the German Government.  The exhibition marks UTM’s seventh installation at the COP since participating in COP 17 in Durban, South Africa in 2011.  UTM remains the only Malaysian university with an accredited Observer institution status at the COP.

The exhibition showcases UTM-LCARC’s latest work on advancing city-level climate change action plan-making (science to policy-making through multiple stakeholder engagements) and implementation (real actions on the ground) in Iskandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Pengerang.

The successful “Science to Action” (S2A) approach used in climate change mitigation at the city-level impresses visitors of diverse professional backgrounds (ranging from senior government officials, politicians, industrialists, scientists engineers, architects and academicians to activists, NGO volunteers and university students) from over 30 countries in South America, Africa, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and Southeast Asia, with many indicating interests in future collaboration.

UTM-LCARC also contributes to side events at the Japan Pavilion (as speakers and panellists) and Malaysia Pavilion (as speakers and poster exhibitor).