Good air quality is fundamental to our well-being. The presence of pollutants in the air can adversely affect our health, cause ecological damage, as well as exert adverse impacts to our climate. In Malaysia, strategies, including regulatory instruments to manage air pollution has contributed to relatively clean air for its people. However, some pollutants, including those arising from transboundary sources can still exceed the relevant standards.
An essential element in managing the quality of our air is an effective and meaningful air quality monitoring and assessment network.
Rivers in Malaysia represent the main source of potable water for its people. In addition, rivers are used in industries and the agricultural sector, as well as a means of transport and recreation. Pollution is the largest threat to our rivers, arising from domestic and industrial discharge, land clearing and development activities as well as run-off from urban and agricultural areas.
As the nation develops, so has the approach to managing our water resources evolve from being reactive in nature to the adoption of a more sustainable approach. In tandem with this, the need for a more meaningful and effective monitoring program has also become necessary.
Malaysia’s estuarine, coastal and marine environment is abundant with a wealth of marine ecosystems, habitat and biodiversity. Our coastal waters and seas and the resources within are hugely important in contributing to our economic and social needs. At the same time, our marine waters are susceptible to both land-based, as well as sea-based sources of pollution such as shipping activities and those related to the oil & gas sector. Common pollutants that can be devastating in its impact include oil pollution as well as discharge of excessive nutrients.
Recognising this, Malaysia strongly subscribes to the principle of sustainable development as a key element in its management strategy related to our marine waters.
An essential element in managing our coastal and marine waters is an effective and meaningful water quality monitoring and assessment network encompassing coastal, estuarine and marine waters.