Through a recent update, The Embassy of Denmark in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian shares interesting facts and updates regarding the Cooperation (DANCED – DANIDA).
The update reads:
“Did you know that environmental cooperation between Denmark and Malaysia has come a long way since 1994?
The Danish bilateral environmental assistance to Malaysia was initiated to promote the transfer of environmental technology and know-how, enabling Malaysia to find local solutions to environmental problems.
Under DANCED-DANIDA, 127 projects, with total funding of DKK 600 million (around RM 375 million) focusing on various areas of cooperation, were implemented. Between 1994 to 2001, DANCED mainly focused on urban development and industrialization, sustainable use of energy, agriculture, forests, and wood resources, biological diversity, coastal zones, water resources, and industrial pollution. When DANIDA took over in 2001, the final phase of the cooperation focused on five areas, namely, environmental planning and strategy, renewable energy and energy efficiency (and CDM), solid waste management, environmentally hazardous substances, and biodiversity conservation.
The 16 years of partnership between the two countries had indeed strengthened the capacities of Malaysia in addressing the impact of climate change through mitigation and adaptation efforts, with the financial provision and technology transfer from Denmark. Even Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department applauded the cooperation, commenting that Malaysia could not have done it alone and effectively without the support of Denmark in combating climate change.
Although DANIDA is now a closed chapter in the Malaysia-Denmark story, many of these relationships are continuing at a commercial or academic level. In some cases, the Danish companies involved still have a permanent representation in Malaysia to this day.”
Read more about the cooperation here