By Sabah News Today
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has become an international training centre for integrated biodiversity and ecosystem management, said Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Taufiq Yap Yun Hin.
He said through the commitments and co-operation between the State Government coordinated through the Natural Resources Office (NRO), and UMS through its Institute for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ITBC), Sabah has been conducting the Third Country Training Programme (TCTP) for the last nine years.
“I believe that with the various knowledge and expertise shared during this training, Sabah proves to be the right and excellent place for this kind of training,” he said at the closing ceremony of Sabah TCTP, here, recently.
Prof Taufiq said UMS was honoured to have been chosen as the venue to host the programme for the ninth time.
“I must extend my gratitude to the Malaysian government, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, through the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme or MTCP, and also the government of Japan through its Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA for their continuous support for this training programme in Sabah.
“I would also like to thank and congratulate NRO and ITBC that have been organising this training programme successfully,” he said.
Participants for this year’s programme came from seven countries namely, Kenya and Uganda from Africa, Sri Lanka from South Asia, as well as the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand from the Asean region.
The participants were mainly middle level conservation officers and it is noted that interest has been increasing over the years since its inception in 2009.-SabahNewsToday