The goal of the project is to ensure that protected areas in Malaysia are underpinned by adequate financial and technical resources, within an overall system that ensures representativeness and nation-wide coherence, safeguarding globally significant biodiversity and playing an essential role in the Nation’s sustainable development.
To help move towards this goal, the project’s primary objective is to establish a performance-based financing structure to support effective PA systems management. Interventions to achieve this objective are structured into three components that are designed to address barriers at the national, sub-national network and site-specific levels.
Components and outcomes
- Component 1 seeks to enhance the systemic and institutional capacities to manage and financially support a national PA system;
- Component 2 aims to strengthen the technical and institutional capacities to manage sub-national PA networks, including capacities for effective financial management; and finally
- Component 3 deals with achieving effective site-level PA management.
At the conclusion of the Project, Malaysia is expected to have established the foundations for a comprehensive, effective and well-resourced system of Protected Areas, rather than just a network of fragmented, stand-alone parks and reserves. This integrated system is envisaged to be able to more effectively conserve our globally significant terrestrial biodiversity resources.
In addition, the overall representativeness of biodiversity within the PA network should improve in response to incentives being put in place for new areas to come under protection and by ensuring that available financial and technical resources are optimized for the greatest impact.