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Nadzri Yahaya, PhD, Deputy Undersecretary

Conservation and Environmental Management Division

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia

Developing National GEF Strategies and Priority Setting

GEF Country Support Program Sub-Regional Workshop for GEF Focal Points East and South East Asia

Bangkok, Thailand

2-3 April 2007

Conservation and Environmental Management Division,

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia


  • GEF project proposals to be in line with Malaysia’s National Development goals

  • 9th Malaysia Plan: 2006-2010. Environmental stewardship promoted to ensure balance between development needs and the environment is maintained.

  • Emphasis will be accorded to studies and measures needed to facilitate action by Malaysia to meet its commitments to multilateral environmental agreements

  • Greater focus will be placed on preventive measures to mitigate negative environmental effects at source, intensifying conservation efforts and sustainably managing natural resources


  • NRE (GEF OFP) - formed in 2004 consolidating the administration of 10 environment and natural resources agencies to facilitate a coordinated and comprehensive approach in managing environment and natural resources.

Constraints in environmental management

  • Lack of environmental data and indicators to monitor the environmental planning and management efforts,

  • Federal versus States’ government jurisdiction over environment and natural resources

  • Mainstreaming environmental management

  • Issues and problems become more complex: global and transboundary

Background gef projects

  • GEF 3 – 8 projects: 2 EA, 6 FSP. Total: 30.4 million

  • Peat Swamp, Marine Parks, Biosafety, Targeted Research, BIPV, MIEEIP, BIOGEN (Biomass Power Generation and Cogeneration in the Malaysian Palm Oil Mills), NC2

  • Main achievements so far:

    • gazettements of additional PFE /protected areas,

    • formations of state wetlands/biodiversity committee,

    • development of energy services companies (ESCOs) support , energy audit guidelines & energy efficiency financing programme,

    • biosafety bill,

    • national training centre for grid-connected BIPV

Key players raf gef 4

  • GEF 4 - National Dialogue started in June 2006.

  • Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment & ITS agencies: FRIM, Forestry Department, NAHRIM

  • Economic Planning Unit

  • Ministry of Energy, Water and Communication

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

  • Ministry of Housing and Local Government

  • Ministry of Commodities and Plantation Industries

  • Universities and Research Institutes

  • State Economic Planning Units

  • UNDP Malaysia

  • NGOs

Results and achievements

  • Conducted three main dialogues and many follow up meetings and discussion

  • Climate change projects list is almost ready – 5 main priority projects

  • Biodiversity projects – shortlist of 10 projects, still in discussions

  • At least 2 projects on mainstreaming environmental management

  • Two regional projects agreed


  • Climate change issues – energy efficiency and renewable energy has clear stakeholders

  • Biodiversity issues – many stakeholders with diverse priorities and urgency

  • Some proposals have similar objectives – need to be consolidated

  • State governments’ support for biodiversity projects is vital

  • Many proposals especially from Universities/RI but are more local issues and research based

Lessons learned

  • National based projects are less complex than regional

  • Stakeholders not very clear of GEF criteria

  • GEF 4 RAF mechanism is still evolving – updating of deadlines, procedures and document formats

  • Interagency coordination for certain cross cutting project ideas has been very challenging

  • OFP to carry out more awareness programme


  • GEF criteria must be clear and simple

  • Projects are to supplement national efforts vis-à-vis Convention objectives

  • It is country driven efforts and in line with National Development Plan

  • must receive full cooperation from GEF Secretariat