The River Environmental Education Programme was carried out in Sabah, Malaysia, by JICA, Sabah Park, the Sabah State Government and the Malaysian Federal Government. JICA volunteers at the Crocker Range Park supported the planning and implementation of this programme. Children, teachers and village representatives have learned the importance of a river and developed an action plan for keeping the rivers clean.
Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has achieved a remarkable success in waste reduction by the use of "Takakura Home Method Composting" through JICA's Partnership Program "Community-Based Solid Waste Management System Development Project in Sibu City" in cooperation with the Kitakyushu Municipal Government. Sibu is expected to become a model town for green technology by increasing local's awareness about solid waste management and environmental protection through ecological education.
"Bornean Biodiversity & Ecosystems Conservation Programme (BBEC)" resulted, for the first time in the history of Sabah state, in the Ramsar recognition of 78,803 ha of wetland in the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama. While protection of a Ramsar site is expected to provide such benefits as promotion of eco-tourism, conversation of the environment by oil palm plantations in the area is a crucial issue.
The Women, Family and Community Ministry and JICA organized a seminar to introduce support service for the employment of persons with disabilities, including a job coach system. The Ministry expressed its intention to promote the employment of persons with disabilities in the public sector by placing at least one job coach in every ministry by 2020.