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From the Director

Salam and greetings everyone!

It’s our pleasure indeed to share with you our 4th edition of LESTARI e-bulletin. First and foremost congratulations to all LESTARIans for making things happened despite their hectic schedules in various initiatives like report writing, updating programmes, planning for future research and surviving of 211212 and beyond ! At this last quarter of the year we highlight some of the work of fellow LESTARIans including celebrating the Maters and PhD students at the convocation ceremonies in October 2012 and award of Emeritus Professorship Y.Bhg. Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Komoo.

As part of assisting, guiding and understanding sustainable development we carried out several training the trainer programmes besides nurturing the idea with the public. This was portrayed through our series of trainings, workshops, round table dialogues, meetings and reach out activities that integrated the theories, practices, policies and sound implementation.

We reflect upon our journey throughout the year. It has indeed been a beautiful productive and memorable year and yet we still want to move forward eager to greet brighter days.  It is a pleasure to greet all of you fellow LESTARIans, friends, partners, associates into the New Year 2013. May the steps we take together this year will be filled with greater progress, productivity, creativity, vision and sustainability that can change and broaden our surrounding and world in a positive way.

Best regards,
Mazlin Mokhtar


Round Table Dialogue with Campus Community on UKM Water Resources Management




A round table dialogue on campus water resources management was conducted by LESTARI on the 15th October 2012 at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB). This dialogue was aimed to engage the campus community in promoting better water resources management within UKM and surrounding area.

Meeting on Asian Core Programme (Group 3

On 17th October 2012, a meeting on Asian Core Programme was held in LESTARI. The participants of the meeting were mainly members of Group 3 (Environmental Risk Assessment) of JSPS Asian Core Programme. In this meeting we were honored to have LESTARI’s Adjunct Professor, Prof. Dr. Peter J. Peterson to share ideas and views relating to the programme conducted between the government of Japan and Malaysia.

Stakeholder Consultation Forum on Stockholm Convention Ratification

In engaging the issues of ratification of Stockholm Convention, LESTARI had organized a Stakeholder Consultation Forum on 18th October 2012 at the Bangi Equatorial Hotel .  The objectives of this workshop was to identify options in better facilitate efforts towards ratification of the Stockholm convention that was signed on 16 may 2002 and to frame a roadmap for action towards ratification of the Stockholm Convention.


On the 18th October 2012 the 8th edition round table dialogue of MyNICHE was carried out. The dialogue which, was officiated by Prof. Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar discussed issues related on current trend and initiatives in chemical management, nanotechnology development, Chemical Safety Database and SAICM QSPTF.

National Geopark Implementation Commitee Meeting

The official meeting of National geopark Implementation committee (Jawatankuasa Pelaksana Geopark Kebangsaan)  was conducted on the 1st November 2012 after being indorsed by Natural Resource and Environment Ministry on the 24 September 2012. The committee is headed by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Ibrahim Komoo with secretariat base at LESTARI, is made up of experts from various aspect of geopark. The committee is  set up to be a technical support for existing National Geopark Committee in aspires and mover of creating more national geopark throughout the nation

Intellectual Discussion Session with Prof. Dr. Pak Sum Low, chair of IKLIM UKM- sime Darby Foundation

LESTARI had an honour to organise a brief intellectual discussion session with the chair of  IKLIM UKM- sime Darby Foundation,  Prof. Dr. Pak Sum Low on 30th October 2012 in LESTARI. The discussion was participated by members of LESTARI and common issues of interest between the both parties are discussed.

“Langkawi Educational Tour” Malaysian-German Mobility Programme


LESTARI had successfully conducted the Langkawi Educational Tour on 9th-13th November 2012, held in Langkawi Island, Kedah. The tour was organized in collaboration with the PTS 2012-002 Project by Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) and UKM International Office at UDE. Almost 20 students from various countries (Malaysia, German, Iran, Arab Saudi and Indonesia) were participated in this tour. The participants were exposed to Langkawi natural heritage and the sustainable management of it tropical resources through Langkawi Educational Tour modules. The modules is mixed between lectures and field visit to the selected sites representing the Langkawi natural  and cultural heritage.

2012 Postgraduates Colloquium

The annual LESTARI’s Postgraduates Colloquium continues and this time it was conducted at Langkawi Research Centre (PPL) on 10th to 13th November 2012. This colloquium is   a platform for postgraduates student to share and discuss their research progress among colleague of LESTARI.

Talk by Prof. Dr. Patrick McKeever

LESTARI through collaboration effort by several research groups in Sustainable Regional Development has organized a talk by  Prof. Dr. Patrick McKeever (Chief of Section of the Global Earth Observation and Secretary to the IGCP UNESCO) on 22 November 2012 in Puri Pujangga, UKM. The talk entitle “Geopark, World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves: A comparison” was aimed to give better perspective to researcher on the purpose and scope of conservation and protection effort by UNESCO.

Mini Expedition of Pulau Langgun

A mini expedition in Pulau Langgun, Langkawi was conducted by Langkawi Research Centre (PPL) and led by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamed from 26th to 30th November 2012. This expedition is slightly differing from the integrated natural and cultural PPL expedition series as it has a specific focus area with special scientific interest. More than 30 researches were participated in this mini expedition covering almost all the natural resources aspect.

Seminar Kampus Lestari UKM 2020 & Bengkel Pejabat Kelestarian UKM

On 22nd to 23th November 2012, a seminar on Sustainable Campus and Sustainable Office UKM was carried out  at Equatorial Hotel Bangi. The event was officiated and addressed by  Prof. Tan Sri Dato' Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Shahabudin, Vice Chancellor of UKM. Thirty papers were presented by participants in various areas working towards sustainable campus.

Exhibition at the Malaysia Water Resources Management (MyWRM) Forum 2012

In conjunction with the Malaysia Water Resources Management (MyWRM) Forum 2012, LESTARI was invited and participated as an exhibitor. . The event was organized by Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) and Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia on 26 -27 November 2012 in Putrajaya. 

Learning for Change Workshop: Education for Sustainable Development in Malaysia

The collaboration of LESTARI with the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) and Global Action Plan (GAP) had organized the  Learning for Change Workshop: Education for Sustainable Development in Malaysia from 3th to 7th December 2012. More than 60 participants turn up to the workshop and exposed to the methods and approaches in promoting education for sustainable development under the supervision of expert from SWEDESD.


Sustainable Campus Convention of Higher Education Institutions 2012 (KKL2012)

LESTARI with the Ibu Zain International Student House (iZISH) UKM are among organisations which are organising KKL 2012 on 8-9 December 2012. The conference of KKL 2012 was held at Bilik Senat, UKM Chancelory  Building and officiated by Datin Paduka Dr. Halimaton Saadiah Hashim, Head of UKM Sustainable Campus Group. KKL 2012 is aming to raise the awareness of preserving environment  among public university students as well as sharing information on sustainable campus initiatives conducted by all representatives from various public universities in Malaysia. During KKL 2012, Ibu Zain International Student House (iZISH) of UKM has won the Best Sustainability Practices competing with other 10 representatives of public university.

Annual Workshop of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Research Group 2012

IWRM Research Group, LESTARI had organized an Annually Workshop of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) Research Group 2012 on 18th – 20th December 2012, held in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang. The workshop was chaired by Prof. Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar, the Chair of Regional Sustainable Development Niche (PLW) and joined by members in addressing the plans and needs of the research group for the future. Various matters pertaining to the IWRM research group had been discussed and shared for the benefits of all.

LESTARI’s Workshop on Peer-reviewed Journal Writing Strategies

On 21-22 December 2012, LESTARI’s Senior Fellow, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saiful Arif Abdullah had led a workshop on publications writing and shared an informative talk entitled Strategies for Writing and Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journal” for LESTARIANs embarking as well as strengthening their publication capacity.

Strategic Planning Workshop on Monitoring & Management of Chemicals Research Group (CMRG) and Manuscript Writing Workshop Chemicals Management Research Group (CMRG)

The Chemical Management Research Group (CMRG) had organized a workshop on monitoring and strategic planning of the group on 26-28 December 2012 in IOI Palm Garden, Putrajaya. The event was officiated by Prof. Dr. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar, the Director of LESTARI and Head of CMRG and participated by members of the research group. The workshop was later followed by a workshop for the publication writing of manuscript relating to the works of the group.

UKM’s Eco-Volunteers Strengthening Workshop 2012

The Eco-Volunteer Club of UKM had begin their stride with the workshop organized on 28 – 30 December with the aim strengthening the club and activities conducted. The workshop was participated by more than 30 volunteers from UKM and held in Sungai Menyala Forest Reserve in Port Dickson. Along the workshop, the Eco-Volunteers had also participated in Eco Beach Cleaning with Corus Hotel Port Dickson.

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New Research Projects



Project name

Project Code


Project Leader

Total Fund



Kajian Sistematik Landskap Geologi untuk Geopelancongan


Geran Galakan Penyelidik Muda

Dr. Tanot Unjah

RM 15,000



Nurturing Sustainable Future: Knowledge Transfer to Eco-Volunteers and Community

Komuniti – 2012-031

Dana Geran Galakkan Penyelidikan Universiti - Komuniti

Dato’ Shaharuddin Mohd Ismail

RM 30,000

1/11/2012 -31/10/2014


Learning for Change: Education for Sustainable Development in Malaysia

XX- 16-2012

The Swedish International Centre of Education for SD (SWEDESH)

Dr. Rahmah Elfithri



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Most Recent Publications

List of Publication Published by LESTARIans for 2012 (as per 20 December 2012)


  1. Mazlin Mokhtar, Sarva Mangala Praveena, Ahmad Zaharin Aris, Ow Cher Yong & Ai Phing Lim. 2012. Trace Metal (Cd, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn) Accumulation in Scleractinian Corals: A Record for Sabah, Borneo. Marine Pollution bulletin 64 (2012): 2556-256.
  2. Md. Azizul Bari, Joy Jacqueline Pereira, Rawshan Ara Begum, Raja Datuk Zaharaton Raja Zainal Abidin & Abdul Hamid Jaafar. 2012. The Role of CO2 Emission in Energy Demand and Supply. American Journal of Applied Sciences 9(5): 614-646. ISSN 1546-9239.
  3. Nur Nadiah Mohamad Nasir, Azrina Azlan, Muhammad Rizal Razman, Nor Azam Ramli & Aishah A. Latiff. 2012. PCDDs and PCDFs in Pelagic Fish along the Straits of Malacca. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agriculture Science 35(4): 779-794. ISSN 1511-3701.
  4. Rabiul Islam, Chamhuri Siwar & Norasikin Ahmad Ludin. 2012. Green Economy: Assessing the Greenness of the Malaysian Economy. International Journal of Green Economics 6(3): 226-242
  5. Shahrom Md Zain, Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri, Nur Ajlaa Mahmood, Hassan Basri, Norhidayu Zakaria, Rahmah Elfithri, Maisarah Ahmad, Tiew Kian Ghee & Zarina Shahudin. Asian Social Science 8(16): 163-173. ISSN 1911-2017.
  6. Sybil P. Seitzinger, Uno Syedin, Carole L. Crumley, Will Steffen, Saiful Arif Abdullah, Christine Alfsen, Wendy J. Broadgate, Frank Biermann, Ninad R. Bondre, John A. Dearing, Lisa Deutsh, Shobhakar Dhakal, Thomas Elmqvist, Neda Farahbakhshazad, Owen Gaffney, Helmut Haberl, Sandra Lavorel, Cheikh Mbow, Anthony J. McMicheal, Joao M.F. deMorais, Per Olsson, Patricia Fernanda Pinhi, Karen C.Seto, Paul Sinclair, Mark Stafford Smith & Lorraine Sugar. 2012. Planetary Stewardship in an Urbanizing Wolrd: Beyond City Limits. AMBIO 2012(41): 787-794. ISSN 0044-7447.
  7. Yoke Ling Woo, Mazlin bin Mokhtar, Ibrahim Komoo & Norzaini Azman. 2012. Education for Sustainable Development: A Review of Characteristics of Sustainability Curriculum. OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development 03(08)(2012): 33-43


  1. Abdul Hadi Harman Shah, Abdul Samad Hadi, Shaharudin Idrus & Anis Yusal Yusoff. 2012. Habitat Pelbagai Etnik. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 709-716. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7
  2. Afifah Md. Din, Chamhuri Siwar & Basri Abdul Talib. 2012. Keberkesanan Program Mikro Kredit Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) dalam Melahirkan Usahawan yang Berjaya. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 641-654. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7
  3. Chamhuri Siwar & Md. Mahmudul Alam. 2012. Agricultural Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change. International Seminar on Sustainable Tropical Environmental Design 2012, 26-27 November 2012, Serdang, Selangor.
  4. Hanifah Mahat, Mohamad Suhaily Yusri Che Ngah & Shaharudin Idrus. 2012. Penilaian Awal Tahap Penguasaan Pengetahuan Guru dalam Pelaksanaan Program Sekolah Lestari. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 505-514. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7
  5. Khairul Naim Adham & Chamhuri Siwar. 2012. Government Green Procurement as an Investment for Greening Malaysia’s Economy: The Way Forward. The 13th International Convention of the East Asian Economic Association. 19-20 Oktober 2012, Singapore.
  6. Khairul Naim Adham & Chamhuri Siwar. 2012. Transformation of Government Procurement in Malaysia:  Directions and Initiatives. International Public Procurement Conference 2012, hlm. 1620-1641, 17-19 Ogos 2012, Seattle, Washington.  
  7. Khairul Naim Adham, Chamhuri Siwar & Sarah Aziz Abdul Ghani Aziz. 2012. Pertimbangan Alam Sekitar dalam Peraturan Perolehan Kerajaan di Malaysia: Analisis Arahan Perbendaharaan. Persidangan Kebangsaan Ekonomi Malaysia ke VII (PERKEM VII), hlm. 808-822, 4-6 Jun 2012, Ipoh, Perak. ISSN 2231-962X.
  8. Muhammad Yasar, Chamhuri Siwar & Shaharudin Idrus. 2012. Perubahan Gunatanah Sawah kepada Penggunaan Bukan Pertanian: Kesan Terhadap Pengeluaran, Sosial, Ekonomi dan Persekitaran. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 633-640. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7
  9. Rahmah Elfithri, Mazlin bin Mokhtar & Mohd Ekhwan Toriman. 2012. Sustainable Ecosystem Management Approach in the Management of Water Resources and River Basin in Langat River Basin, Malaysia. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 39-47. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7
  10. Rahmah Elfithri, Tiew Kian Ghee, Noor Ezlin Ahmad Basri, Shahrom Md Zain. 2012. Integrated Paper Recycling Management System in UKM Campus. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 60(2012): 556-561. ISSN 1877-0428.
  11. Sofia Ehsan, Mohd Shafeea Leman, Rawshan Ara Begum & Ibrahim Komoo. 2012. Conceptual Framework for Geotourism Valuation. 2nd International Conference on Economic, Education and Management (ICEEM 2012), hlm. 466-471, 1-2 June 2012, Shanghai, China.
  12. Zairin Akma Zolkapli, Chamhuri Siwar, Habibah Ahmad & Hamzah Jusoh. 2012. Komuniti Tempatan dalam Pelancongan Islam di Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECER), Malaysia. Seminar Ekologi, Habitat Manusia dan Perubahan Lingkungan di Alam Melayu, hlm. 867-876. 8-9 Oktober 2012, Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia. ISBN 978-979-792-332-7.
  13. Zarintaj Aminrad, Sharifah Zarina Syed Zakaria, Abdul Samad Hadi & Mahyar Sakari. 2012. Survey on Environmental Awareness among Environmental Specialist and Secondary School Science Teachers in Malaysia. International Conference: Innovative Research in a Changing and Challenging World.

Popular Publication

  1. Shaharudin Idrus. 2012. Membina Bandar Kemanusiaan, Berita Harian, 15 November 2012, hlm. 29

Technical Report
  1. Khairul Naim Adham & Chamhuri Siwar. 2012. The Establishment of Government Green Procurement Practices In Malaysia: The Way Forward. Khairul Naim Adham & Chamhuri Siwar. 2012
  2. Khairul Naim Adham & Chamhuri Siwar. 2012. Promoting Efficient Use of Energy by Procurement of Green ICT Devices: Malaysian Government Approaches. Sustainable Future Energy 2012 and 10th SEE Forum, 21-23 November 2012.
  3. Khairul Naim Adham, Chamhuri Siwar & Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan. 2012. An Overview of Malaysian Government Initiatives towards Sustainable Consumption and Production Practices. International Conference on Sustainable Development 2012, New Jersey, USA.
  4. Khairul Naim Adham, Chamhuri Siwar & Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan. 2012. The Future of Indonesian Green Car: Challenges and Constraints. Sustainable Future Energy 2012 and 10th SEE Forum, 21-23 November 2012.
  5. Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan, Chamhuri Siwar, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail & Khairul Naim Adham. 2012. Green Tourism for Sustainable Regional Development in East Coastal Economic Region (ECER), Malaysia. International Conference on Sustainable Development 2012, New Jersey, USA.
  6. Md. Anowar Hossain Bhuiyan, Chamhuri Siwar, Shaharuddin Mohamad Ismail & Khairul Naim Adham. 2012. Reducing Carbon Emissions in the Tourism Sector: An Early Indicator in Sekayu Recreational Forest, Malaysia. Sustainable Future Energy 2012 and 10th SEE Forum, 21-23 November 2012.
  7. Shaharudin Idrus. 2012. Membina Bandar Kemanusiaan, Berita Harian, 15 November 2012, hlm. 29.

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1. Congratulation to Y.Bhg. Profesor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ibrahim Komoo, our former Founding Associate Director (1994-1998), Founding Deputy Director (1997-1998), our Former Director (1999-2001; 2003-2004) and Principle fellow for Emeritus Professorship Award 2012 bestowed by the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) during the  40th anniversary of UKM's Convocation Ceremonies on  21th October 2012.

2. Congratulation to all LESTARI’s master and doctoral degree recipients on their graduation during the 40th UKM Convocation Ceremonies. Wish you the best in your future and welcome you all as the new lestari alumni..


  • Amal Najihah Muhamad Nor
  • Azhar Abdul Aziz
  • Koh Fui Pin
  • Mohd Zamri Bin Daud
  • Muhamad Yasar
  • Noor Ayuni Ahmad Azlan
  • Siti Khadijah Satari
  • Faridah Ahmad Azam

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Abu Bashar Bhuiyan
  • Mohamad Imam Hasan Reza
  • Mohd Kher Husein
  • Tan Kok Weng
  • Dr. Sumitra Sithmparam

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  • LESTARI E-Buletin would like to wish all our beloved family members born in the month of October, November and December a very “Happy Birthday”. May all their dreams come true..

Birthday boys and girls....

  • Dr. Rawshan Ara Begum   
01 October
  • Shaharuddin Idrus  
05 October
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fariz Mohamed      
08 October
  • Dr. Tanot Unjah 
31 October
  • Dr. Ahmad Aldrie Amir   
06 November
  • Nurul Safaniza Che Aniit  
09 November
  • Sarah Aziz Abdul Ghani Aziz 
20 November
  • Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hood Salleh  
24 November
  • Hafizatul Hasnie Shahril
26 November
  • Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Abdul Samad Hadi  
12 December
  • Nor Mazni Md. Zaini     
27 December
  • Nik Mohd Noor Faizul Md. Saad
30 December
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On the Horizon

(No activities of next year had been informed to date)

LESTARI e-Bulletin No.4/2014

Publication Team
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Mazlin Mokhtar
Coordinator: Dr. Tanot Unjah
Content: Dr. Ahmad Aldrie Amir, Mohamad Mahathir Amir Sultan, Wandaraputri Razali, Nurul Safaniza Che Ani, Bisharuzi Omar, Nazren Leman,Jasni Yaakub, Akmalhisham Jasni, Rd. Puteri Khairani Khirotdin,
Concept, Design and Typesetting: Saufiah Shamsudin & Nik Mohd Noor Faizul Md. Saad
Photographer: Mohd Fuad Tepit, Norazmi Abdul Kadir & Muhd Yusairi Mat Yusop

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