KUALA LUMPUR, 11 FEBRUARY 2018, SUNDAY: Iskandar Malaysia is making its first appearance at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, from 7 to 13 February, highlighting its various internationally recognized initiatives in the field of urban development since its inception more than a decade ago.
“The World Urban Forum is an event of global proportion and this year’s theme of ‘Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda’ makes it the perfect platform for Iskandar Malaysia to be present, to share and exchange knowledge on its many initiatives in the area of urban development specifically in Urban Observatory, Smart City, Low Carbon Society and Social Development.
Bringing over our vision of being “A Strong and Sustainable Metropolis of International Standing” to the forum, we hope that we can not only contribute to making an impact in the field of urban development globally but also learn much from the many global experts and professionals in this field who will be attending the forum,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).
Iskandar Malaysia is an economic development corridor booming in Southern Johor, Malaysia right next to neighbouring Singapore. The development region encompasses an area of 2,217 square kilometres which is three times the size of Singapore and two times the size of Hong Kong. Iskandar Malaysia is envisaged to capitalize on its current synergies with Singapore as it aims to complement each other as an economic hub. The region adopts the Circle of Sustainability which is a holistic and resilient ecosystem anchored by core elements comprising wealth generation, wealth sharing inclusiveness, and resource optimization and low carbon in a continuous cycle, ensuring that the growth of the region is well balanced economically, environmentally and socially.
Iskandar Malaysia’s presence at WUF9 is through its exhibition booth which is located near the Malaysian Pavilion and next to the Johor Progressive exhibition booth. In addition, Datuk Ismail Ibrahim is also expected to share the Iskandar Malaysia success stories at the World Assembly for Local & Regional Authorities session on 8 February and the Dialogue Session on Cities and Regions Local Actions session on 12 February. There will also be a Listen to Cities / Local Action session on the “Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory” on 11 February and a Side Event on “Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development Plans ii (CDP ii) to support Implementation of the New Urban Agenda” on 8 February.
Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory
In terms of Urban Observatory, Iskandar Malaysia has kicked-off a data sharing system in the cloud that will help the stakeholders in the region to make the necessary decisions that are important to them.
The IMUO is a ‘single window’ where information and data is collected, kept and analysed in a smart city environment, which becomes a platform that that could transform relevant authoritative data into insightful information for better policy making & well-informed decision making.
This will enhance and improve development and spatial planning, provide better public policies that are benchmarked to international standards, and better coordinated policies and planning processes with subnational governments.
The framework of IMUO was approved at IRDA’s Approvals and Implementation Committee which was held on 25th July 2016.
Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia
In line with the Federal Government’s voluntary GHG emissions reduction effort, Iskandar Malaysia took the initiative to address carbon emissions in its jurisdiction.
Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia 2025 (LCSBPIM2025) was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia and adopted by IRDA in 2012. The document was also launched at the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP18), United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar. The LCSBPIM 2025 outlines a total of 281 implementation programmes which are projected to reduce Iskandar Malaysia’s carbon intensity by 58% in 2025.
In 2015, in order to further speed up the realisation of the low carbon society in Iskandar Malaysia, the Low Carbon Society Action Plans 2025 (LCSAP2025) for five local authorities within Iskandar Malaysia: Johor Bahru, Johor Bahru Tengah now Iskandar Puteri, Pasir Gudang, Kulai and Pontian were formulated with strong support and commitment from the 5 local authorities. Each LCSAP recognises and responds to the distinctive economic, social and environmental characteristics, as well as the strengths, potentials and issues unique to each local authority area.
More than 45 programmes have now been implemented by IRDA, the 5 local authorities, communities, and the public and private sectors namely Comprehensive Assessment of Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE) Iskandar, Green Accord Initiative Award (GAIA) , Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Shoreline Ecosystems (PESISIR), Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC). Iskandar Malaysia has completed all 6 stages of the Low Carbon Development Cycle. Iskandar Malaysia tracking performance of implemented Low Carbon Society programmes through Iskandar Malaysia Greenhouse Gas Inventory 2016 and the result was Iskandar Malaysia reduced emission intensity of 10.7% in 2016.
Ismail added, “Having gained massive interest from the global players, with more than USD65 million investment recorded for the past 11 years, we are confident that Iskandar Malaysia has played its part in ensuring that its development is in the interest of all stakeholders economically, environmentally and socially. These are the achievements in our urban development that we would like to showcase and share.”
“As such, we would like to welcome any parties to come to our exhibition booth and attend our speaking sessions to know more about Iskandar Malaysia and what we do and offer. We would also like to invite any interested parties to come to talk to us to learn, share and these can perhaps be the stepping stone for future collaboration in urban development.”