On the 8th of November 2021, Mrs. Aimi Osman (Project Manager of Alunan Coral Project) was invited to a sharing session for Marine Resources Management (MMS3623) class, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. Throughout the session, Mrs. Aimi shared about the role of Alunan Resort in conserving coral in Perhentian Island waters, Terengganu. Alunan Resort was appointed as one of the Malaysian Department of Fisheries (DOF) strategic partner in resource management, focusing on the restoration of damaged reef around Pulau Perhentian and conducting the marine awareness program with the public. Besides that, Alunan Resort also actively collaborate with the local universities on the coral conservation program, planting variety of corals in their nursery as well as on energy recycling to make full use of any energy within the resort compound. Mrs. Aimi also stated that until July 2021, Alunan Coral Project has successfully built a large area of coral nursery, planted 1,555 corals, and convinced the public to adopt 454 corals within the Pulau Perhentian waters. This project also has initiated the corals adoption program via Lazada, where anyone can adopt corals and participate in coral conservation just in one click. Everyone is welcome to visit their coral nursery and participate in the conservation program as well. Let’s conserve our nature by adopting corals (bit.ly/AlunanAdoptCoral) and everyone is welcome to follow them via bit.ly/AlunanCoralProject or bit.ly/AlunanCoralProjectIG.
November 1-7, 2021 Sustainability science and management for resilient coastal communities and fishing stocks
Sustainability science and management for resilient coastal communities and fishing stocks
The November school SMART will be run in a hybrid format, with teachers and resources persons mostly present at the school venue in Mazara del Vallo (Italy) and most of the audience participating online. It will include lectures, online discussions and skill training, and two group projects involving the students working at the school venue as well as ones following this online and exploring cases in Malaysia and Vietnam.
The topics the school will explore are:
– Resilience of coastal communities – socioeconomic and biophysical drivers, including the trade-offs between the multiple uses of marine and coastal resources
– Planning perspective on coastal sustainable development, including the tourism related urban sprawl, accounting for competing multiple uses, and coastal defense
– Bioeconomics on the interface of the sea and terrain
– Integrative sustainable coastal management and governance
– Sustainability indicators for coastal communities, and coastal and marine ecosystems
– Field methods for coastal ecological research
– Marine biological resources, their stocks and sustainable management
– Remote sensing methods for exploring coastal and marine sustainability
– “Kind city” as a model for sustainable development of a coastal urban community
– Management of fishing stock for sustainable field
The main teaching period is November 1-7, 2021, and a post-school of November 8-14 allocated for tutoring, independent project work and the graduation. We expect a large international audience to attend online. Our capacity is limited to 50 participants; most of the audience is expected to represent MARE and URGENT Erasmus+ projects, including both the representatives of EU universities as well as India, Malaysia and Vietnam.
The November School is prepared by Istituto per lo studio degli impatti Antropici e Sostenibilità in ambiente marino (Capo Granitola, Italy), Istituto per le Risorse Biologiche e le Biotecnologie Marine (Mazara del Vallo, Italy), University of Catania (Italy), University of Bremen (Germany), Estonian Life Science University (Tartu, Estonia), and the city of Mazara del Vallo in cooperation with international partners.
If you are interested to participate in the school, we kindly ask you to fill in the online application form: https://forms.gle/f2zUr6cm8NpCJcwY8
On 26th August 2021, UMT invited Dr. Hong Chern Wern, Executive Manager of Water Watch Penang, to share his experience about river system conservation with the student who enrolled MMS3003 Environment – Issue and Global Perspective via WebEX. The title of his presentation was River and Water Awareness Education Programme, focusing on how education can help increase awareness to conserve the Malaysia river system. Dr. Hong also shares several methods used by researchers to determine water quality. One of the interesting discussions between the audience and Dr. Hong is the role of an aquatic insect as the water quality indicator. At the end of the talk, Dr. Hong showed Malaysian river pollution status, categorised into different states based on the Water Quality Index by the Department of Environment, Malaysia. After the talks, a round table discussion between the audience and Dr. Hong focuses on how we as educators and students can help increase awareness to help conserve our freshwater resources. For more information about Water Watch Penang, please visit https://www.waterwatchpenang.org/.
A series of online webinars that cover various topic on Geoscience has been conducted by the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu. The webinar series aimed to provide insightful and latest findings within geoscience field to students and public. The webinar series kick off in March 2021 with the talk by Dr. Abdul Halim (UTP) on the Introduction on Seismic Data Processing. The talk has been attended by undergraduates and postgraduate students from UMT. The attendees were exposed on the technical processes in seismic data analysis. The second and third session of the webinar series took place in April 2021. A talk on micropaleontology theme have been presented by Dr. Wan Nurzalia and Dr. Fatin Izzati from UMT. This time around attendees of the webinars were exposed to the application of micropaleontology study in predicting the future and understanding the past changes of planet Earth. The attendees were undergraduate, postgraduate, industrial partner (Mineral and Geoscience Department of Malaysia) and faculty members from UTP and UMT. Finally, a talk by Gs. Dr. Muhammad Hafeez on the Electromagnetic Method for Investigating Antarctica Ice-sheet Stability ended the webinar series in July 2021. The talk was very successful with attendance from students and faculty members from UTP and UMT.
Online methodological workshop for training in the preparation of the module descriptions, syllabi and curricula in terms of Bologna tools
This online event is co-organised by the University of Bremen, Estonian University of Life Sciences and the University of Catania in order to facilitate the development and revision of courses adhering to the principles of the European Higher Education Space. It will include two session:
- Lectures and workshops on curriculum development, learning, and assessment tools and solutions on June 15, 2020
- Discussion of practical examples from MARE partners on June 16, 2020
National Marine Geology Webinar is an annual event under the umbrella of Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM). The host of this event were rotational given among the peers and affiliate of IGM which includes University Technology of PETRONAS (UTP).
This webinar already running for the 3rd year and this year UTP were selected to become the host. In conjunction with that and since UTP is a member of ERASMUS+ MARE initiative, a collaborative event was plan for this year National Marine Geology Webinar.