One of the ongoing studies by Green Innovation Research Group is Developing a participatory workshop method for use with children in UHI mitigation strategies in Malaysia. It is a joint research between UTM and Hiroshima University with RM24000 fund from Hiroshima University. From 21 September to 6 October 2010, Dr Hisyam Rasidi and Dr Ismail Said and their postgraduate students as well as two undergraduate students from Hiroshima University conducted two agenda for the research including: (1) four meetings with local authority (Majlis Perbandaran Johor Bahru Tengah), housing developer (SP Setia), Johor Bahru District Education Office and Taman Bukit Indah Primar y School to conduct a participatory workshop with the students of the primary school at a neighborhood of Taman Bukit Indah; and (2) survey questionnaire program with the school children on 30th September—see photographs. The researchers obtained excellent cooperation from the local authority, housing developer, school management and children.  And, on 6th October, a workshop will be held at central park of Taman Bukit Indah to elicit children’s view on effect of green spaces to mitigate urban heat. For the workshop, the local authority will provide tents and tables, housing develop will supply food and the school management will organize the children to participate in the walk-through program i.e. a journey from the school to the central park.

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