The Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CiPD), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru, was commissioned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to lead a “Nature Resource Governance Framework (NRGF) Asia Scoping Work” project at a cost of USD20,000.00 (RM88,000.00). The project is to be completed in 2 months.

One of the scopes of the project is to organise a regional workshop titled “NRGF Asia Scoping Workshop”.  The objective of the workshop is to ensure that NRGF standards and tools take account of the diversity of national and regional contexts and perspectives and NRGF activities engage a wide range of local actors concerned with natural resource governance. Twenty five regional experts from Asia, namely, Nepal, Bhutan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia participated in the 2 day workshop.

The CiPD team present at the workshop were Prof Dr. Amran Hamzah (Project Adviser), Dr. Norhazliza Abd Halim (Coordinator), Assoc Professor Dr. Mohammad Rafee Majid (Moderator), and three researchers, specifically, Madam Nur Hasimah Baharudin, Ms Nadzirah Hosen, and Mr. Yong Jia Yik.