Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba issued the invitation today during his visit to IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria. — Bernama Photo
Sunday 25th September 2022 11:00pm MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, September 25 – Malaysia has invited the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to collaborate with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) to make the National Action Plan for Planetary Health (PTKPN) a success.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) said in a statement tonight that the invitation was issued by its minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba during his visit to IIASA in Laxenburg, Austria today.
To quote Dr. Adham, IIASA, established in 1972, has expertise in systems analysis in various fields, especially those related to environmental science.
“Mosti invited IIASA to explore a platform of collaboration with ASM to contribute their knowledge in technical assistance to strengthen PTKPN, which will be more integrated by the end of the year,” he said.
In addition, Dr Adham said PTKPN will focus on two things, firstly the development of a monitoring, monitoring and impact tracking system (STIE Trend Watch) for the health of the planet, as an enabler for the implementation of PTKPN.
Second, through the Malaysian Genome and Vaccine Institute (MGVI), ASM and related institutions, to strengthen research and development in the field of zoonotic diseases to develop a national environmental genomic database for comprehensive control and prevention of zoonotic diseases.
IIASA and ASM are collaborating in several areas of research, notably on tackling smog and biomass burning in Malaysia and Asia, deforestation for palm oil, and predicting demographic and human capital changes in the country.
IIASA researchers have made 26 visits to Malaysia since 2013, and 47 people from Malaysia, including researchers, consultants and diplomats, have visited or participated in at least one IIASA event. — Bernama