The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia

Interview with Ms. Zalilah Selamat, The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM)

What is the vision and mission of your organisation?

The National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia (NAHRIM) was established in 1993 with the objective to build a pool of experts and provide research services that are needed in the planning, design, building and implementation of research related to development of water resources in particular and environment in general; and to set up a National Focal Point that coordinates research on hydraulic engineering in Malaysia. NAHRIM started its operation in September 1995 and is currently under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). It has progressed over the years to become an excellent center in hydraulic engineering research and supporting service to meet the demand from both public and private sectors in water related development.

Our vision is to be the premier hydraulic research center for water and its environment in the world by 2030, and our mission is to provide excellent services as an expert center on water and its environment to ensure sustainable growth in order to improve the quality of life and well being.

Why did you decide to become a GWP Partner?

GWP’s vision for a water secure world by supporting the sustainable development and management of water resources, is in line with NAHRIMS’s function as an advisory body to the Government on matters related to water and environment to ensure sustainable growth of the country. Through GWP, NAHRIM is kept abreast with the latest development, technology and thinking on issues related to water. This partnership serves as a source of reference for decision making options where knowledge and experiences are shared globally.

What have you found to be the benefits of being a GWP Partner?

GWP has established a wide range and far reaching network in various water related sectors. This helps NAHRIM in getting the right contacts in our pursuit for excellence in research and development in water and the environment. As a partner of GWP, NAHRIM has also benefitted from its programmes, publications, dialogues and forums. Capacity building programmes are especially useful to NAHRIM in capacitating its own human resources to function as the country’s focal point in research and development for water resources management.

What is one challenge facing the management of water resources in your region?

One of the challenges in water resources management in Malaysia is the lack of integration between water related agencies in formulating policies and implementing programmes. Although a lot of efforts have been carried out by the Government to manage water resources in a more holistic manner, there are still a lot of integration and meaningful participation of stakeholders.

Are there any special projects or initiatives that you would like more widely known?

Implementation of IWRM initiatives, climate change and its impact on water resources, IWRM as a tool for climate change adaptation, and Sharing of Success Stories in IWRM are projects we would like more widely known.