UPM Embarks On Green Initiative For Tourism and Villagers of Pulau Mabul UPM Embarks On Green Initiative For Tourism and Villagers of Pulau Mabul
The increasing number of tourists to this island for diving activities, however, has led to the problem of mounting and piling garbage as well as critical water shortage as this beautiful island has no raw water resources, except for its own man-made wells of salted water.
A special programme by the Higher Education Ministry for its academicians at local universities has been laid out where the latter can carry out “Knowledge of Transfer Programme” (KTP), which is aimed at strengthening the distribution of all-round knowledge and improving the living condition of the people and industries in Malaysia.
In this respect, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) as a research university that has received the highest government grant in the country, has utilized the KTP grant by combining the various expertise from its Faculty of Forestry, Design and Architecture Faculty and the Institute of Agricultural and Food Policy Studies (IKDPM) in introducing a sustainable Green Entrepreneurship Programme to turn trash into cash.
From there onwards, a group of UPM researchers and students have embarked on an innovative green initiative to turn garbage into cash by forming a business for tour operators in Pulau Mabul, Semporna, Sabah.