The Seminar on Climate Change Vulnerability & Adaptation for Sustainable Water Resources in Research, Planning & Management was organized by Water Resources and Climate Change Research Centre on 18th August 2015 at Putrajaya Marriott Hotel. The seminar was officiated by the Deputy Director General of NAHRIM, Dr. Saim Suratman and attended by 140 participants from various government departments and agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), engineering consultants and universities.
This seminar highlighted research findings from climate change studies and their impacts on hydrology and water resources. The seminar also emphasized on the importance of climate change research and development to bridge the gap between science and engineering. In addition, this seminar was a platform for technical discussions, feedbacks and opinions from seminar attendees to enhance national and local understanding of climate change vulnerability and mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning and development for sustainable water resources management.
In the keynote address, Ir. Dr. Salmah Zakaria underscored the overarching need to integrate the initiatives of all agencies and ministries for sustainable management of water resources in the face of climate change. Sustainability should also be linked with socio-economic needs of wealth creation and poverty eradication. She also suggested going beyond policy to implement the proposed solutions, by scaling down projects into manageable sizes at local level.
Dr. Gary W. Theseira, representing the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) in his presentation ‘Linking Adaptation Planning to Country Policy Process – A Malaysian Perspective’ concluded that development will be impacted by climate change, which necessitates adaptation for existing development plans and programmes. A primary barrier is budgetary planning inertia. However, development of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) will help identify needs and relevant stakeholders. Comprehensive capacity enhancement is needed to avoid non-comprehensive approaches to adaptation implementation, which should be informed and prioritised.
Prof. Deg-Hyo Bae from Sejong University highlighted studies by Climate Change Adaptation for Water Resources (CCAW) Research Center on adaptation of climate change focusing on flood, water supply, watershed management and data system development. One of their main research involved design rainfall based on current abnormal weather observation and partial consideration of the future projection outcomes. The new design rainfall was adopted by several authorities in South Korea.
Among the issues raised in the seminar Q&A sessions were the choice of the GCMs used in the study, the boundary conditions for dynamical downscaling, the inclusion of tidal effects in studies on projected future flows in flat terrains, and the various applications of the climate impact study in planning and development. There were also confusion regarding the terms ‘forecast’ and ‘projection’. Apart from that, questions concerning the relationship between imperviousness and population, and artificial neural network modelling were raised during Q&A sessions.
71 copies of NAHRIM Technical Guide No. 1 – Estimation of Future Design Rainstorm under the Climate Change Scenario in Peninsular Malaysia and 66 copies of NAHRIM Technical Guide No. 2 – The Design Guide for Rainwater Harvesting System were also distributed during the seminar.
The seminar ended at 5.00pm with a closing address by Dr Saim Suratman, Deputy Director General of NAHRIM, followed by tea.
Following is the list of presentations from the seminar (downloadable):
- |Download|Keynote address: Climate Change & Management for Sustainable Water Resources by Ir. Dr. Salmah Zakaria, Fellow of Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM), Chair of Climate Change Adaptation Task Force
- |Download|Presentation 1: Extension of the Study of the Impact of Climate Change on the Hydrologic Regime and Water Resources of Peninsular Malaysia by Prof. M.L. Kavvas, UC Davis & NAHRIM
- |Download|Presentation 2: Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Inland Flooding Vulnerability by Ir. Mohd Zaki Mat Amin, NAHRIM
- |Download|Presentation 3: Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Crop Yield and Crop Water Productivity by Ir. Marini Mohamad Ideris, NAHRIM
- |Download|Presentation 4: Linking Adaptation Planning to Country Policy Process – A Malaysian Perspective by Dr. Gary W. Theseira, Environmental Management & Climate Change Division, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE)
- |Download|Presentation 5: Climate Change Adaptation on Water Resources in Korea – Current Status and Near Future Perspectives by Prof. Deg-Hyo Bae, Sejong University, South Korea
- |Download|Presentation 6: Water Sustainability in Changing Climates Extremes in Malaysia by Hj. Juhaimi Jusoh, Department of Irrigation & Drainage Malaysia (DID)
- |Download|Presentation 7: Regional Flood Inundation Nowcast Using Hybrid SOM and Dynamic Neural Networks by Prof Fi-John Chang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
- |Download|Presentation 8: Water Resources Management in Selangor: Alternative Water Resources by Mr. Nor Zamri Sondor, Selangor Water Management Authority (SWMA)
Dr. Saim Suratman, Deputy Director General of NAHRIM giving the opening speech.
Ir. Dr. Salmah Zakaria, Fellow of Academy of Science Malaysia (ASM),
Chair of Climate Change Adaptation Task Force giving the keynote address.
Group photo of seminar participants.
Ongoing seminar at Marriott Putrajaya.