27.01.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Helps Assess Economic Value of Ecosystem Services from Putrajaya Lake in Malaysia

UNESCO Office, Jakarta in collaboration with Perbadanan Putrajaya (Putrajaya Corporation) organized a two days international seminar on "Ecohydrology Management of Putrajaya Lake and Wetland: Ecosystem Services Economic Assessment" from 19 to 20 January 2016 in Dewan Seri Melati, Perbadanan Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The seminar was part of the dissemination process of the findings of the research on ecosystem services economic assessment initiated by UNESCO Office Jakarta under the project "Upscaling water security to meet local, regional, and global challenges" supported by Malaysia Fund in Trust (MFIT) and conducted by Perbadanan Putrajaya, in collaboration with Eco Development Facilities Sdn. Bhd. (EDFSB) and University Putra Malaysia (UPM) experts.

Attended by 218 participants (including 127 men and 91 women), the workshop was officiated by high level personalities such as the Deputy Minister of Federal Territories of Malaysia, the Director of UNESCO Office Jakarta, the President, Perbadanan Corporation, the Secretary-General of the Malaysian National Commission for UNESCO, the Chair, Water Committee, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Chair, Water Committee, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Director of Humid Tropic Centre Kuala Lumpur, a water category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO, and many others.

The international seminar has contributed to disseminate the results of the research on the state of the art of the ecosystem services economic assessment through the presentations by the research team (Perbadanan Putrajaya, the University Putra Malaysia and others), the value of the ecosystem services of Putrajaya Lake and most important the willingness to pay for ecosystem services by local population, tourists, visitors and other stakeholders.

Since the creation of Putrajaya Lake, its economic values, haven't been estimated, analysed nor taken into accounts. The economic assessment undertake under this project will enable understanding and resolve the delicate balance of water for livelihoods and water for maintaining the resource base. The assessment includes ecosystem functions and ecosystem services. Ecosystem functions are the physical, chemical, and biological processes or attributes that contribute to self-maintenance of an ecosystem. On the other hand, ecosystem services are the beneficial outcomes, for the natural environment or people that result from ecosystem functions. These services are resource provision services, regulating services, cultural services and supporting services.  As the man-made Putrajaya Lake and Wetland, is turning over time, into a more natural setting and enhancing its own ecosystem services, many aspects of its ecosystem services need to be assessed in terms of its economic values.

The seminar which provided an outreach platform to stakeholders and other key players of lake and wetland management to understand the various types of ecosystem services, has also brought together lake managers and other researchers from ASEAN countries such as Indonesia (Lake Rawa Pening), Philippines (Lake Lanao), and Thailand (Lake of Prince Songkla). These lake managers and experts have decided to consider the event as the starting point of the establishment of an ASEAN Lake Network and have agreed to work together, for the participation of the ASEAN Lake Network to the next World Lake Conference (WLC16) to be held in November 7-11, 2016 in Bali, Indonesia.




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