RCE Iskandar - 2019

Low Carbon Elements for Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) to Promote Low Carbon Lifestyle (Community Project)
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Low Carbon Elements for Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) to Promote Low Carbon Lifestyle (Community Project)
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Iskandar
Contributing organization(s) : 
Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)
University of Technology Malaysia (UTM)
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Pang Chee Hong (Alex)
Organizational Affiliation: 
Iskandar Regional Develoment Authority (IRDA)
Sharifah Shahidah Syed Ahmad
Organizational Affiliation: 
Iskandar Regional Develoment Authority (IRDA)
Dr. Fatin Aliah Phang
Organizational Affiliation: 
University of Technology Malaysia
Format of project: 
Language of project: 
Date of submission:
Monday, March 18, 2019
Additional resources: 
National Policy on Climate Change
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Johor State Sustainability Policy
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Iskandar Malaysia Comprehensive Development Plan II
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Geographical & Education Information
Iskandar Malaysia
Address of focal point institution for project: 
IRDA HQ #G-01, Block 8, Danga Bay, Jalan Skudai, 80200 Johor Bahru MALAYSIA
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Iskandar Malaysia (IM): a 2,217 square-kilometre economic region, three times the size of Singapore. The IM shoreline is 124 km in length and has diverse natural,man-made and socio-economic features, including three Ramsar wetlands.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) Program is a socio-economic development program for 14 “mukim” in Iskandar Malaysia that was approved in Oktober 2012. KIM aims to increase household income for targeted group (bottom 40%) which has a combined income of less than RM3,000/month via suitable and sustainable income generation projects, typically unique strength of the local community and its surrounding nature (social inclusiveness). Continuous engagement and capacity building are fundamental for community to achieve the sustainable development goals.
January, 2017 to December, 2025
Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) Program is an intervention under Socio Economic Mobility strategy. The program empower the community in order to increase the targeted group’s income via Social Enterprise, using cooperative as the vehicle. Approved in 2012, 14 villagers has been identified under this program. In year 2017, under the KIM Infrastructure Grant, certain allocation was given for Low Carbon Infrastructure i.e., Rain Water Harvesting, Solar Panel, LED Lighting, Biodigesters, hands-on activity as showcase to visitor and many more. The green elements installed in 4 KIMs thus far are:

The 4 KIMs are:
a) FELDA Taib Andak
b) Kampung Permas Besar
c) Kampung Ulu Pulai
d) Kampung Sri Gunung Pulai
a) To ensure the villagers understand and continue to embrace the concept of Low Carbon Society (LCS) and function of each element that has been installed.
b) To develop story line for visitors using the data collected
c) To become agents that can resell the green elements
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Each KIM is governed by a Kooperasi. The green elements are managed and used by the Kooperasi especially to operate the business at their KIMs, usually a small scale restaurant, cabin-sized outlet (to sell village products), prayer rooms and/or washrooms. Thus far, UTM’s team has visited the KIMs on 12 November 2018 and 13 February 2019 with IRDA’s officers. On 25 November 2018, UTM’s team also engaged with the representatives of all the 4 KIMs to discuss the carbon accounting exercise.
Size of academic audience: 
Four (4) villagers (KIMs)
i) Reduction of carbon emission in Iskandar Malaysia through awareness to specific target group
ii)Promotion and to inculcate Low Carbon Society concept to community
iii) Involve community and as change agent that can further promote LCS to other community and visitors (inclusiveness)
Lessons learned: 
It is expected that by installing such green elements can help to reduce energy and water usage, reduce waste generation and encourage optimization of resources. Moreover, the insertion of info panel and hand-on activities to demonstrate how the community can play a role towards low carbon lifestyle.
Key messages: 
Kawan Iskandar Malaysia (KIM) Program is an intervention under Social-Economic Mobility strategy.
The program empower community to increase the targeted groups income via Social Enterprise, using cooperative as the vehicle. Installation of suitable green element can entice a low carbon society lifestyle not only to the villagers but also visitors to the area. The low carbon elements for KIM project will include low carbon and green infrastructure, hands on activity and information panel. The first pilot programme for KIM kick off in 2012, now they are 10 approved KIM in developing and operational stage while they are 4 more allocation for any districts or villagers in Iskandar Malaysia that are interested. It involves 14 sub districts and 87 villages in IM.

Relationship to other RCE activities: 
Eco-Tourism Sungai Melayu (RCE Project)

Kg Sungai Melayu Eko Tourism Project is one of the projects under the Kawan Iskandar Malaysia Program (KIM). KIM is a social development program that involves communities located in the Iskandar Malaysia area. KIM gives priority to existing and potential local activities through the community cooperative approach. The main purpose of this program is to improve the income and quality of life, especially the low income family. The program is eligible to be accompanied by members accredited by the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Malaysian Cooperative Commission (SKM)
In year 2017, under the KIM Infrastructure Grant, certain allocation was given for Low Carbon Infrastructure. Besides, Iskandar Malaysia was chosen as one of the pilot areas under the 'Green Technology Application for the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC); a programme funded the Global Environment Facility (GEF) with UNDP as implementing agency and Sustainable Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) as executing agency.The funding is used to conduct capacity building programme and carbon accounting exercise to quantify the carbon reduction from the green elements added to the programme.


File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon Biodigester Installed at Kg Sri Gunung Pulai.jpg (222.41 KB) Biodigester installed at KIM - Kg Sri Gunung Pulai IRDA
Image icon Rainwater Harvesting System Installed at Kg Sri Gunung Pulai.jpg (120.13 KB) Rainwater harvesting system installed at Kg Sri Gunung Pulai IRDA
Image icon KIM Upcycle Pallet Wood Workshop at Kg Sri Gunung Pulai.png (2.7 MB) KIM Upcycle Pallet Wood Workshop on 2nd December 2018 at Kg Sri Gunung Pulai IRDA
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Traditional Knowledge  
Curriculum Development 
Plants & Animals 
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level