Australia-Malaysia Institute

Public policy

2013

Building bilateral relationships on benefits of ICT systems for remote communities

Ensuring that regional and remote communities, especially those of low socio-economic status, optimise the benefits of Information Communications Technology (ICT) to improve their viability and prosperity is an issue of concern in Australia and Malaysia.

This project, by the Australian Centre for Asian Business (at the University of South Australia), in association with Malaysian partners, focused on sharing knowledge and experience to develop strategies which best increase opportunities for business innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development in particular through the optimal use of a community's ICT. The project provided a platform for longer-term bilateral collaboration, with communities in South Australia identified for further study of how Australian and Malaysian approaches may complement each other.

2010-2011

Cooperative Management of Langkawi Geopark

The Kilim Karst Geoforest Park is located in the eastern part of the Langkawi Island and is renowned for its vertical limestone hills and unique ecosystem. In 2007 the three river basins of Kilim were give a World Geopark status by UNESCO.

In 2011 the AMI funded Charles Darwin University to work with the Langkawi Development Authority, the Forestry Department and community residents to develop mechanisms to conserve and manage Langkawi's natural resources in the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park.

A series of workshops were held to identify shared values, responsibilities, aspirations and recommendations for cooperative management among the stakeholders. The workshops drew on Australia's lessons and experience in applying the concepts and principals of 'cooperative management' for protected areas which offer potential for improving management of Langkawi conservation areas.

The project provided opportunities for community leaders and government agencies to work closely together in the management of Kilim, developing a framework of community engagement in sustainable tourism.

Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi
Kilim Karst Geoforest Park, Langkawi (Photo courtesy of Dr Natasha Stacey, Charles Darwin University)