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Title: RIVER AND COASTAL ISSUES IN MALAYSIA: THE ROLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL NGOs IN THE NORTHERN REGION

Author: R. Hashim, K. Siarap, A. Hussein, M. A. Amran, M. M. Yusoff, R. Mohammed and W. C. Jeng

Year: 2009

Publisher: European Water Resources Association (EWRA)

Description:

Environmental NGOs are volunteer organisations that are independent from the government and attempt to contribute towards the good of society and the environment. River and coastal managements which are important to human habitations, ecological systems and the sustainability of the environment are among their main concentrations. The environmental NGOs have equipped themselves adequately and served in a civil society role. If there is any issue to be fought for, they play a vital role in providing solutions and critical opinion by collaborating with other NGOs, via having press conferences, submitting memorandums, organising public signature drives and campaigns, lobbying the government and to some extent, filing cases in court. In some instances, their concerted efforts have managed to convince the state authorities and advocated for policy change or implementation. At times however, they seem to antagonise and be at loggerheads with government policy and actions. The numbers of NGOs in Malaysia are increasing. They have become the power that has to be reckoned with by policy makers. This paper gives an overview of four active NGOs in the Malaysian northern region that deal with river and coastal managements and analyses some of their roles in providing solutions to environmental and social issues.