CLIMATISE Workshops 2015 Malaysia
The Everly, Putrajaya and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Johor
17th – 21st August 2015
The official launch of CLIMATISE was held in Malaysia on the 17th of August 2015 at The Everly, Putrajaya, Malaysia. The professionals and practitioners including associate partners of CLIMATISE project who are part of the consortium participated at this event. Ms Siew Hui Liew, Newton Programmes Manager, British Council, Malaysia opened the event with a welcome speech. She further provided advice and guidance on the potential opportunities to sustain the collaboration between UK and Malaysian institutions.
Following the launch event, CLIMATISE project team conducted 2 successful workshops in Malaysia, first in Putrajaya with the participation of the practitioners on the 17th of August and the second at UTHM, Johor on the 20th of August 2015 mainly with the participation of academic members. As such, the workshops were attended by the key partners of CLIMATISE from UK and Malaysia, the associated partners and some external stakeholders who are in the relevant filed of study.
An introduction to the CLIMATISE project, focus group interviews and data collection, and round table meetings with associated partners were the key features of the workshops conducted. The roles and responsibilities of the associate partners of the CLIMATISE consortium were agreed during the workshop towards the successful completion of this project. Taking this project forward to the implementation stage was also thoroughly discussed during the workshops. Both the workshops were facilitated by Dr.Noralfishah Sulaiman from KANZU Research (Estate + Facilities Management), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Malaysia and Dr. Menaha Thayaparan from Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR), University of Salford, UK.
One of the key objectives of the CLIMATISE project is to evaluate and develop Built Environment (BE) specific adaptation and mitigation strategies for extreme weather events (EWEs) in Malaysia. In achieving this objective a primary data collection mainly with academics and practitioners who have knowledge and experience in the relevant filed of study was conducted in Malaysia in the form of focus group discussions and questionnaire survey. The main issues captured during this first stage of data collection are:
- Currently used BE specific mitigation and adaptation strategies for climate-induced EWEs in Malaysia
- The effectiveness of such strategies and any barriers to implement them effectively
- Ways to minimize the barriers and improve the implementation of such strategies
- The level of willingness and readiness of Malaysian stakeholders to incorporate the strategies used elsewhere mainly from developed countries
The workshops were sponsored by the British Council, Newton Fund Institutional Links programme.