Blue Communities Malaysia case study, Universiti Malaya (BC MY)

Humans worldwide, especially coastal communities are becoming increasingly  dependent on the marine environment and the benefits it provides as a source of  livelihood, health, and wellbeing. However, only healthy oceans and coasts can provide  a myriad of benefits to us. Our ocean is facing immense pressures due to the growing  dependency and the often-conflicting needs of us as marine resource users. Responding  to this global issue, several UK and Southeast Asian (SEA) researchers from different  disciplines banded together and came up with a solution. Funded by United Kingdom  Research & Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), the Blue Communities program consists of international project partners from various research  institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local stakeholders in the UK  and Southeast Asia. The program aims at developing the capabilities of UK, SEA  researchers and local stakeholders in carrying out research that combines multiple  disciplines. It is a research capacity building program emphasizing on knowledge exchange, collaboration, co-creation and co-delivery between the academics and local  stakeholders including the coastal communities. The end goals of Blue Communities are  to support marine planning and management initiatives in promoting sustainable use of  marine space and resources to protect our ocean while also ensuring the coastal  communities’ survival. The program intends to achieve these goals through the  integration of research and capacity building activities related to the marine ecosystems,  their values, and benefits, public health, and governance/marine management  approaches. 

Project Result(s) / Impact(s) 

The project impacts are summarized in the following diagrams. The pathways to impact  are planned in accordance with the Quadruple Helix Model of innovative framework to  ensure the interactions of all stakeholders within an integrated knowledge web.  

Diagram 1: Blue Communities Malaysia’s Pathway to Impact

Diagram 2: Mapping of Blue Communities Malaysia’s research capacity building for  

impacts (cross-sector stakeholders-activities category-intervention-SDGs)

The tagline for United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) is  “Leaving No One Behind.” Please explain how the nominated project helps to  realize and advance the commitment of UNSDGs for the future. Highlight any other  SDG(s) that your project has directly or indirectly created positive impact to people  and society

The Blue Communities program is in line with the UNSDGs tagline of “Leaving No One  Behind” and responds to UNSDGs of #1 No Poverty, #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Good Health  and Wellbeing and #14 Life Below Water. The key aim of the program is to support the  livelihood, food security, health, and wellbeing of the coastal communities in Southeast  Asia through integrated marine planning and management. Since the beginning of the  program, the emphasis has always been co-creation and co-delivery between academics  and stakeholders. To achieve this, we practice inclusivity in our research and engagement  activities. Please refer to Diagram 2 for the mapping overview of capacity building  activity categories and respective interventions, cross-sector stakeholders, and  SDGs.

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