MyCDNet National Forum 2019


MyCDNet National Forum 2019

Water for Sustainable Development: What’s Next

9 – 10 July 2019 | Research Management & Innovation Complex, University Malaya

Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) is pleased to announce the second Biennial National Forum 2019 on “WATER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: WHAT’S NEXT”; a theme specifically chosen to promote that water is everyone’s business when faced with an uncertain climatic future.

Malaysia had committed to support and implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015; resulting in the alignment of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016 – 2020) to most of the global SDGs. Since then, Budget 2019 also announced the setting up of the Sustainable Development Financing Fund under Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd, of RM1 billion, to support the Government’s efforts to implement the 17 SDGs, focussed on four (4) sectors, namely: Infrastructure, Maritime, Oil & Gas, and Technology. The question remains on how the SDGs are being achieved in the country, and what is being done in order for us to meet the ambitious 169 specific targets by Year 2030. We hope this Forum will provide a platform and an occasion for all participants and their organizations that have a stake in the water and climate change sectors, to collectively share and create an enabling environment to succeed.


Four important themes are selected for the FORUM comprising two papers each.

Theme 1: Climate Change Actions: Water Security for a Low Carbon Economy

This sets the direction for a meaningful discourse on the concept of a low carbon economy that is yet to be fully understood by everyone, especially when responding to climate change actions in the country. The focus will be on strategic actions for “more use with less water” concepts, without compromising water availability and security for all economic sectors, as in agriculture, industries, health, water supplies and renewable energy usage, advocated in the Paris Agreement (2015) and COP24 (2018), which were actively participated by Malaysia.

Theme 2: Building Resilience: Water-wise Solutions

This theme reflects on the vital role of water-wise solutions to strengthen the resilience of social, cultural, economic and environmental systems in the country. What more can we do in future under unpredictable climatic conditions and unprecedented man-made landuse change? How do natural disasters such as floods and drought play out in building resilience? The highlight will be on any water-wise solutions already adopted that can be replicated easily throughout the country; as well as on future solutions when new ideas, technology and innovations come on-stream in the water sectors. 

Theme 3: Sustainable Cities: Smart Water Management for Community Well-Being

Water is fundamental to life and smart water management is a pre-requisite for community well-being in cities and urban areas. To highlight this, the emphasis is on how to sustain good water quality and quantity for all communities; more so in urban cities where 70% of the population in Malaysia reside. What are the pragmatic measures we can adopt for effective and sustainable water management in cities – these are the significant challenges we are facing today.

Theme 4: Malaysia Achievements of Water-related SDG’s

Rapid economic growth in the country is often attributed to its ability to exploit its natural resources. In the process, there is a compromise between water resources and the environment. Considering the trend in global, regional and national development, the Malaysian Government has initiated at the New York Summit 2015 to undertake a sustainable development approach, through ratification of the water-related SDGs, especially SDG-6, relating to clean water and sanitation, aiming for water security for our future generations. How much progress have we achieved over the years, and what more can be done across all sectors of the economy in future in Malaysia? Some global and regional success case studies will be shared in the discussions.


The Biennial Forum is open to all members, stakeholders, policy-makers, technical practitioners, industrial players, developers, consultants, academé and the general public who are interested in our common future on sustainable water management through wise policy and innovative technology.



RM300 for MyCDNet Members
RM400 for NON-MyCDNet Members

Registration will be closed once all seats are filled.
Please submit the enclosed registration form with payment before 25 June 2019 for us to make the necessary catering & logistic arrangements.


CPD Hours
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For enquiries on registration and any other matters, please contact the Secretariat:

Ms Alicia Lim
Mobile: 6012 229 0688
Office: (603) 9057 4392
Fax: (603) 9057 3943