From a list of 24 applications, four sustainable livelihood and three environmental conservation projects were selected to receive the 2009 Shell Malaysia Sustainable Development Grants.
Introduced in 2008, the programme aims to accelerate the country’s sustainable development progress by empowering Malaysia-based NGOs to initiate projects within the ambit of sustainable development. In 2008, eight NGOS country-wide were awarded similar Grants.
Anuar Taib, Chairman, Shell Malaysia said: “Shell has supported some key environmental projects in the country, and invested in the development of many youth programmes and sustainable livelihood initiatives. However, we are conscious that there are many areas of need that we have not explored. With the Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme, we are able to leverage on the reach and insights of NGOs and other like-minded organisations, to uncover “hot spots” in the nation that require attention.”
The Grants programme focuses on two key areas, namely environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood.
For sustainable livelihood, the following projects were selected:
- Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan (JKKK) Kampung Skibang Bau for their fish culture training for villagers at Pejiru Pond, Kg. Skibang, Bau, Sarawak.
- The International Erosion Control Association Malaysian Chapter for its capacity building project on mangrove planting for the Orang Asli Village community on Carey Island, Selangor.
- TONIBUNG (friends for village department) and COAC (Centre for Orang Asli Concerns) for their community micro hydro for rural electrification project in Kampung Orang Asli Tanjung Rambai, Ulu Langat, Selangor.
- Friends of Kapar for their community nurture centre in Klang, Selangor, which strives to keep youths off the streets and in school.
For environmental conservation, grants were awarded to:
- Alami Tanjung Kupang in Johor for their programme to educate the youth of the environmental heritage of Tanjung Kupang, building capability as Youth Rangers to monitor the ecosystem
- Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Miri branch for its coral reef check programme in Miri-Sabuti Totally Protected Area (TPA) of Sarawak
- Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) for a project on watershed restoration in Pitas, district of Sabah. The programme covers the planting of trees to help repair the health of water systems and mitigate the environmental problems caused by past logging and current water-sapping acacia plantation.
Projects were selected based on their practicality, direct benefits, financial needs, sustainability and originality by an independent panel of three judges comprising Dato’ Dr Dionysius S.K. Sharma, Executive Director/CEO, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Malaysia; Dr. Sulochana Nair, Director of Centre for Poverty and Development Studies, University Malaya; and Dr Sundari Ramakrishna , co-ordinator of Malaysian Environmental NGOs (MENGO).