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NRE graces and officiates MNS' 70th Anniversary International Conference

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12 Oct 2010

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Ballroom

Opening Speech For Malaysian Nature Society 70th Anniversary International Conference on "Challenges and Solutions For Tropical Biodiversity" by Y.Bhg Datuk Aziyah Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Mustaffa Hj. Babjee,
Chairman of Malaysian Nature Society 70th Anniversary Committee
Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Dr. Salleh Mohd Nor,
Immediate Past President of Malaysian Nature Society
Associate Professor Dr. Maketab Mohamed,
President of Malaysian Nature Society
Honorable Panel Speakers and Presenters,
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
A very good morning to all of you. 
1. First and foremost, I wish to congratulate the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia in organizing the MNS International Conference on “Challenges and Solutions for Tropical Biodiversity”. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all the Conference participants. 
2. The organization of this Conference is indeed timely as 2010 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Biodiversity with the theme “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”. This Conference is an appropriate forum in highlighting the current status and issues related to tropical biodiversity especially in Malaysia.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
3. The world is currently faced with numerous environmental issues that have far reaching implications for the survival of human kind. Issues such as biodiversity loss, air and water pollution, indiscriminate dumping of toxic wastes, wildlife extinction and climate change have all caught the attention of world governments, policy makers, academia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 
4. Biodiversity loss is an issue of profound concern for its own sake. It also underpins the functioning of ecosystems which provide a wide range of services to human societies. Its continued loss has major implications for current and future human well-being. The recent 3rd Global Biodiversity Outlook has warned us about the current trend of continuous biodiversity loss in which the world has yet to achieve the 2010 CBD target. It also underlines the efforts that must be taken by countries to reverse the trend for the benefit of our future generations. 
5. In response to these issues, the world has to come together to act and make the necessary changes to save our valuable biodiversity which is the backbone for supporting life on earth. One of the most important initiatives that must be taken globally is to adopt a new strategic plan for 2011-2020 which includes a 2020 biodiversity target and a 2050 biodiversity vision. In two weeks time, world leaders will be meeting in Nagoya, Japan for the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 10) for Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) where they are expected to further discuss and hopefully adopt this new plan. 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
6. At the national level, Malaysia has taken various domestic actions in protecting and conserving its rich biodiversity, guided by the National Policy on Biological Diversity (NPBD) which was launched in 1998. In line with this, the Ministry has also introduced the Common Vision on Biodiversity which promotes a three-pronged implementation approach and outreach strategies namely strengthening protected areas, promote land and seascape management as well as mainstreaming of biodiversity.
7. As outlined in the NPBD, the Ministry is committed in managing our biodiversity in a sustainable manner. In doing so, the Ministry need the necessary support and involvement of all relevant stakeholders. In this regard, the Ministry recognizes the efforts that have been undertaken by various organizations in conserving our biodiversity. The Save Temengor Campaign by MNS is one of such important initiates that support effective protection of the Temenggor Forest Reserve and strengthening the Royal Belum State Park. I hope similar efforts can be emulated and duplicated by all other stakeholders as part of our collective efforts to conserve our valuable natural heritage.
8. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish MNS ‘Happy 70th Anniversary’ and congratulate the organizer for arranging this conference as part of our contribution to the ‘2010 International Year of Biodiversity’ celebration. In this regard, it is also heartening to note that in its 70 years of existence, MNS has been championing various conservation efforts which include among others the conservation of our tropical biodiversity and promoting its wise use. The Ministry hopes that MNS will continue to shine in championing biodiversity issues in Malaysia and assist the government in conserving it.
9. I would also like to take this opportunity to urge each and every one of us to play our respective roles in conserving Malaysia’s rich ecosystem and its unique tropical biodiversity. Our endeavour will require concerted efforts and huge commitments from all, both in the government as well as the private sector and the civil society. This is to ensure successful implementation of all initiatives that have been planned so that our aim of conserving our biodiversity in a sustainable manner can be achieved. 
10. With these words, I once again welcome you to Malaysia and hereby declare the MNS International Conference on Challenges and Solutions for Tropical Biodiversity officially open.
Thank you.

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