USM REDAC Thrusts Water Management Research in Malaysia

River Engineering Research Center and Urban Drainage (REDAC), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is a leader in research on water management in Malaysia and has helped the country toward solving the various issues related to it.

His Excellency the President of the State of Penang, Tun Datuk Seri Utama (Dr.) Haji Abdul Rahman bin Haj Abbas said since the establishment of the center in 1999, REDAC have helped by providing technical support to various groups such as the Wellesley Municipal Council and the Department Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia and many more.

"We are aware of flood hazards, pollution and water shortage has become a world crisis should be given serious consideration. Adoption of sustainable water management is a proven solution.

"REDAC USM in this context has a lot of help in solving various issues related to water management. Identification system "Bio-Ecological Drainage System (BIOECODS) in the limelight and implemented throughout the country are among the important efforts in helping REDAC towards improving the quality of national water management," said he completed the closing ceremony of the 3rd International Conference on River Management About Century to-21 at Hotel Shangri-La Rasa Sayang today.

Semantara, Prof. Dato 'Omar Osman, Vice-Chancellor of USM in his speech said that water resources like rivers, as well as provide a supply of drinking has also become home to a variety of wildlife resources and greatly contributed to the advancement of human life, but there are many parties that take for granted the need for us to keep the source this water.

"The river is life. It was an important source to the production of electricity and was also a transport route and at the same time contributing towards the generation of tourism-related activities.

"Malaysia has a lot of water resources. So let us take for granted aspects of the care and conservation of the river as it may affect the reasonable expectation negaratif us all, "he said.

More than 200 participants from 17 countries participating in this four-day conference which began on December 6, 2011.

Published: 13 Dec 2011

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