As outlined by the Sustainability Science Programme at Harvard University’s Center for International Development: “Sustainability Science is an emerging field of problem-driven, interdisciplinary scholarship that seeks to facilitate interventions that foster shared prosperity and reduced poverty while protecting the environment. It offers integrated scientific learning, with a greater focus on sustainability along with a greater community relevant understanding of the human environmental interrelatedness. The field is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs. It draws from multiple disciplines of the natural, social, and engineering sciences, from the professions, and from practical filed experience in business, government, and civil society”.

UNESCO office Jakarta, in its capacity as the Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, is implementing the project on “Sustainability Transformation Across the Region (STAR)” supported by Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) and the project “Science Harnessed for ASEAN Regional Policy (SHARP)” supported by Malaysian Funds-In-Trust (MFIT) in order to implement sustainability science approach to solve water related socio-environmental issues. Existing frameworks and models developed through a multilevel (community, pilot area and national level) participatory process and involving several regional institutions, universities, research institutes and other governmental institutions have been assessed through the implementation of these projects which have been implemented and demonstration sites have been established in three countries across the region:

  • Siem Reap, Cambodia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Enhancing Angkor World Heritage Site and Siem Reap City Water Systems”.
  • Ifugao Rice Terraces, Philippines: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Rice Terraces of the Philippines Cordilleras”.
  • Langat River Basin, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainable Science Demonstration Project on Restoring and Managing Langat River, Malaysia for Future”.
  • Langkawi Geopark, Malaysia: “Establishment of Sustainability Science Demonstration Site on Water and Environmental Sustainability Education Linked With Ecotourism in Langkawi Geopark”.
  • Davao, Philippines: Demonstration site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.

The project is contributing to deliver a clear understanding of sustainability science approach to implement it and produce outcomes at local and regional levels including policy aspects. In addition, a platform will be established as the depository of sustainability science best practices and development of a regional framework and tools.

Scope of the Workshop
The synthesis workshop brings the partners and stakeholders which have been involved in the implementation of the projects to share results of their activities and studies. These stakeholders will share the challenges and difficulties encountered during the implementation phase as well as the solutions adopted or proposed.This workshop is organized with the valuable support of the Malaysian Funds-in-Trust and Japan Funds-in-Trust.

Workshop Details
The workshop is organised from 2 to 4 November 2016 in Langkawi, Malaysia. It is organized with the valuable support of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust and Malaysian Funds-in-Trust. The workshop aims to bring together around 55 participants, including policy makers, sustainability science experts, academicians, stakeholders and local experts from Malaysia as UNESCO colleagues and partners

Workshop Programme Schedule

  1. Discussion and drafting on implementing Sustainability Science at demonstration sites
  2. Sustainability Science: linking Science & Society
  3. Discussion and drafting session on lessons learnt on implementing UNESCO Sustainability Science demonstration sites
  4. Plenary session: Presenting of framework and photo story
  5. Presentation on demonstration sites and findings
  6. Current environmental Sustainability programmes in ASEAN
  7. Presentation on environmental sustainability initiatives

Day 1: Wednesday, 2 November 2016Day 2: Thursday, 3 November 2016Day 3: Friday, 4 November 2016

 Day/ Session Program Agenda Resource Person
  Introduction and expectation of the Workshop – Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO Jakarta)
– Dr. Rahmah Elfithri (LESTARI UKM)
Session 1 : Discussion and Drafting on Implementing Sustainability Science at Demonstration Sites – Integrative Socio-Environmental
– Approaches of 5 Demonstration Sites
– Discussion with Demonstration site partner in terms of Social Perspective
[ Download Lesson Learned Material ]
Dr. Tahmina Rashid (University of Canberra)

Day/ Session Program Agenda Resource Person
Session 2 : Sustainability Science Linking Science and Society  – Sustainability Science implementation framework
– Question & Answer Session
Session 3 : Discussion and drafting session on lesson learnt on Implementing UNESCO Sustainability Science demonstration sites  – Introduction to Photo Story and Break Out Groups (5 demo sites)
– Break Out Group Session on implementation of Sustainability Science Framework from each demonstration sites
– Break Out Group Session on Photo story writing from each demonstration sites
Plenary Session : Presenting of Framework and Photo Story Group 1: Langat
Group 2: Ifugao
Group 3: Siem Reap
Group 4: Davao
Group 5 : Langkawi
Synthesis Session

 Day/ Session  Programme Agenda Resource Person
Opening Session Welcome remarks Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin bin Mokhtar (UKM)
Opening remarks by Director and Representative UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
[ Download Introduction Opening Remarks ]
Prof. Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO Jakarta)
MUCP and Sustainability Science Mr. Khairul Adib Abd. Rahman (Malaysian NATCOM)
MEXT and JFIT support to Sustainability Science initiative Japanese NATCOM (TBC)
Session 4 :
Presentation on Demonstration Sites and Findings from Day 2
Presentation of Demonstration Site: Langat River Basin (JFIT)
[ Download Langat River | Download Water Resources Langat River ]
Dr. Rahmah Elfithri (LESTARI UKM) & Ms. Haslina Amer (LUAS)
  Presentation of Demonstration Site: Ifugao (JFIT)
[ Download Rice Terraces – Ifugao ]
– Hon. Jose T. Gullitiw (Ifugao Province Vice Governor)
– Prof. Ivan Henares (University of the Philipphines)
– Ms. Joan Sheelah O. Nalliw (Municipal Council of Mayoyao Representative)
  Presentation of Demonstration Site: Siem Reap (JFIT + MFIT)
[ Download Water System Siem Reap | Download Tonle Shap Biosphere Reserve ]
– Dr. Chamrouen Sok (UNESCO Phnom Penh)
– Mr. Long Kheng (Dept of Freshwater Wetlands Conservation)
– Ms Maria Iniguez De Heredia (UNESCO Phnom Penh)
  Presentation of Demonstration Site: Davao (MFIT) [ Download Demonstration Site Urban Water Systems Mindanao ]  – Dr. Anthony Sales (HELP Davao Network)
– Ms. Ludivina M. Porticos (University of Immaculate Conception)
  Presentation of Demonstration Site: Langkawi (MFIT)
[ Download Sustainability Science in Langkawi Geopark | Download Empowering Sustainable Tourism Development ]
 – Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar (LESTARI UKM)
– Mr Ahmad Zaini bin Zaba’ai (LADA)
Session 5 :
Current Environmental Sustainability in ASEAN
Environmental Sustainability Programme in Cambodia, Case Study of the Tonle Sap Biosphere Reserve [ Download ] Mr. Long Kheng (Ministry of Environment)
  Sustainability Science and Sustainable
Development Indonesia [ Download ]
Prof. Helmi (University of Andalas)
  Environmental Education and Awareness
Activities on Environmental Protection,
Biodiversity Conservation and Climate
Change in Khammouan Province, Lao PDR
[ Download ]
Ms. Chitthanom Ounsida (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment)
  Model for Environmental Sustainability: A Case of Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark
[ Download ]
Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Komoo (UKM/ Asia Pacific Geopark Networks
  Initiative Activities for Environmental Sustainability Program
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Ms. Khin Nu Nu Soe (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation)
  Implementation of Sustainable Development in Vietnam
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Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong (Ministry of Natural Sources and Environment)
Session 6 :
Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
Japanese Activities, Experiences (ODA, JICA and others) in Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap)
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Prof. Kazumasa Ito (Tokyo City University / CTI Engineering)
  Remote Sensing for the Environment of Angkor World Heritage Site, Cambodia
[ Download ]
Prof. Tianhua Hong (International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the auspices of UNESCO)
  Environmental Sustainability Initiatives of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)
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Atty. Genalyn Bagon Soriano, ACB
  Protecting Heritage Shophouses Through Sustainable Conservation Development
[ Download ]
Mr. Muhammad Hijas Sahari (George Town World Heritage Incorporated)
  Environmental Sustainability Initiatives
from Frangipani
[ Download ]
Prof. (Adj.) Anthony Wong Kim Hooi (Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa)
   River of Life: Implementation of Interceptor
[ Download ]
Ir. Anita Ainan (Humid Tropics Centre Kuala Lumpur)
  Water Resources Management Initiative
[ Download ]
Mr Md Khairi Selamat (Department of Irrigation and Drainage)
   Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
[ Download ]
Dato’ Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail, LESTARI UKM
  Sustainability Environmental Initiatives by Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Malaysia
[ Download ]
Ass. Prof. Normaniza Osman, UM
   Green@Universiti Putra Malaysia: Living for the Present and Future
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Dr. Zakiah Ponrahono, UPM
  Environmental Sustainability Initiatives in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
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Dr. Irina Safitri Zen, UTM
  Strengthening the Capacity of Flood- Affected Rural Communities in Padang Terap. State of Kedah, Malaysia
[ Download ]
Ass. Prof. Norizan Md. Noor, USM
  Discussion on Sustainability Conceptualization, Vision, and Future Direction  
  Discussion on Sustainability Science Platform  
  Session Synthesis and Closing