Shell Malaysia Awarded Grants Worth RM294,000 to Six Organisations For Eight Sustainable Projects
Apr 23, 2014
Shell, one of the largest international investors in Malaysia's energy sector today awarded RM294,000 to six organisations under its Shell Sustainable Development Grants programme for year 2014 to help further their efforts to undertake new projects.
The ceremony was officiated by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel and hosted by the Chairman of Shell Malaysia, Iain Lo. It was attended by representatives from various participating non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and special interest groups, government officials and senior officials from Shell.
“As a responsible operator and partner, Shell supports community programmes in which we can provide a positive, lasting impact. We work in partnerships to create projects that deliver sustainable benefits,” said Lo.
Shell’s contribution to sustainable development comes from the choices it makes about which projects to invest in, from reducing the impact of its operations and from achieving the greatest benefits for local communities.
“Shell believes that we have a role to play in meeting Malaysia’s aspirations for sustainable growth. Our contribution can be seen through direct employment, investment and taxation as well as delivering lasting benefits communities through our various social investments” Lo added.
Meanwhile, Datuk Seri Palanivel said, “This programme is yet another demonstration of Shell’s commitment to sustainable development. To date, Shell has awarded nearly RM 3 million in Sustainable Development Grants over a period of six years to assist and educate our communities and youth, while simultaneously ensuring the initiation of key environmental projects in Malaysia.
"This programme has grown to become a true testament of the excellent progress that can be achieved when corporations, NGOs, the government and the community work hand in hand,” he added.
Introduced in 2008, the Shell Malaysia Sustainable Development Grant programme aims to accelerate the country’s sustainable development progress by empowering qualified groups such as Malaysia-based NGOs, local academic institutions, schools, societies and individuals to initiate projects within the ambit of sustainable development.
Shell views the Sustainable Development Grant programme as an example of private-public partnerships in areas such as enterprise development, environmental conservation, knowledge transfer and community development amongst others.
From over 98 applications, the following projects were selected for the 2014 Shell Malaysia Sustainable Development Grants:
Environmental Conservation Category
Projects to conserve biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystems; including forests, wetlands, mangroves, coral reefs, peat swamps. These projects may be terrestrial, marine, estuarine, freshwater or aerial in nature.
Organisation: UK Marine Conservation Society
Grant amount: RM42, 000
Abalone fishing as an alternate source of livelihood for fishing communities in Sabah
The objective is to provide training to build capacity of local communities within the Melangkap Cluster, to identify and zone the Melangkap community biocultural resources and current land - use partners to ensure sustainable land use for the future.
Organisation: UK Marine Conservation Society
Grant amount: RM79, 600
Combating destructive fishing in Sabah using an innovative acoustic system
The objective of the project is to develop and deploy an acoustic system that will detect and locate fish bombs in real time to allow for immediate action to be taken to apprehend perpetrators.
Organisation: Persatuan Ibu Bapa & Guru Guru SK (2) Damansara Jaya
Grant amount: RM12, 000
Rainwater harvesting incorporating a fish pond
The objective of the project is to conserve water runoff during the monsoon season and reduce flash foods. The project also hopes to reduce the usage of water at the fish pond while inculcating a culture of water conservation amongst students.
Organisation: Enactus Universiti Utara Malaysia
Grant amount: RM10, 050
The project is aimed at reducing the usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides amongst farmers and also to provide farmers with the working knowledge of producing and using organic fertilisers and pesticides.
Organisation: LEAP (Land Empowerment Animals People)
Grant amount: RM40,700
Community Abai Project
The goal of the project in the next 3 years is to harness and further enhance the capacity amongst villagers, increasing revenue from eco tourism and forest restoration cum protection of forest habitats and wildlife.
Sustainable Livelihood Category
Projects to develop the poor /community livelihood through capacity building.
Organisation: ENACTUS Universiti Utara Malaysia
Grant amount: RM 9,400
The objective of this project is to transform unused plastic bags to become attractive marketable product utilising a handicapped workforce. The project simultaneously hopes to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to enhance their standards of living.
Organisation: Caring Community Centre
Grant amount: RM41, 900
C3 Learning Centre
The aim of the project is to provide tuition classes to give children from impoverished families a complete basic education – allowing for better future employment.
Organisation: Biji Biji
Grant amount: RM58, 000
Empowering communities in need to produce green products and to help these communities build a sustainable livelihood.
The NGO will work with these communities by providing tools and machinery (owned by NGO) to produce products and also assist with marketing of products.
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