“WE ARE ON the precipice of inflicting seismic harm on Mother Nature. If left unchecked, our collective behaviours and actions will lead to more devastation, as evidenced by recent global events of climate impact.
In January raging bushfires swept across Australia, scorching more than 46 million land acres and killing and displacing nearly 3 billion animals. Wildfires caused by high winds and dry conditions spread through the US’ West Coast early last August, and regions in Asia have been experiencing heavy downpour and severe droughts. This, coupled with the presence of Covid-19, has renewed urgency for action to be taken for sustainable development.
As a State, Penang is committed to fulfilling the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. These cover social, economic and environmental aspirations. The Penang Green Agenda 2030 (PGA) is the State’s roadmap to achieving the SDGs, and is part of and supports the implementation of vision Penang2030 that aims to develop Penang into “A Family- Focused Green and Smart State that Inspires the Nation”. For this vision to be realised, the Agenda necessitates that the State Government take a holistic approach in developing Penang’s society and economy – this requires the participation of all stakeholders.
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PGA adopts a multiple-stakeholder consultative process that identifies consensus on what needs to be done to attain the SDGs. More than just bolstering economic growth, Penang must be resilient and inclusive in the management of its natural resources to ensure people's livelihoods, while simultaneously promoting low-carbon growth to remain competitive.
PGA through its 10 Working Groups is focused on Land Use and Planning, Green Economy, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Agriculture, Sustainable Mobility and Connectivity, Green Buildings and Townships, Marine and Coastal Management, Biodiversity and Natural Ecosystems, Water and Sanitation, as well as Governance and Institutions; and prioritises actions that are both feasible and able to deliver the most impact.
Their findings are presented in this issue of Penang Monthly and detail the challenges and solutions of the different focus areas, offering new perspectives and innovative ideas. It is my fervent hope that Penang will develop into a resilient State by 2030. As such, the Penang State Government will strive to adopt a holistic and integrated approach in policy-making and continue to set up programmes to encourage the participation of all stakeholders to create a better future for all Penangites.”
– Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow