III. MECHANISMS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS INTO AGRICULTURAL POLICY
D. Environmental policy
6. Environmental input to development planning
The Department of Environment has continued to promote the incorporation of environmental dimensions into project planning. In 1995, the Department provided environmental input to a total of 66 development and natural resources development projects. The number of projects remained the same compared with the previous year.
The projects were mainly government-initiated projects that included the formulation of action plans (6 per cent), conservation plans (5 per cent), development plans (17 per cent), local plans (6 per cent), management plans (7.5 per cent), master plans (9 per cent) and structure plans (27 per cent). Other projects that were also addressed included flood mitigation projects (7.5 per cent), industrial (1.5 per cent), infrastructure (7.5 per cent), irrigation (1.5 per cent), landscaping (1.5 per cent), natural resources (1.5 per cent) and sewerage projects (1.5 per cent).
During the Seventh Malaysia Plan period (1996-2000), the government is continuing to balance growth objectives with environmental concerns. Environmental considerations will increasingly be integrated into sectoral policies in order to ensure sustainable economic and social development. Environment and resource management will be guided by the proposed NAP, which is aimed at promoting economic, social and cultural progress through environmentally sound and sustainable development. A plan of action will be drawn up to implement the policy that will focus on the establishment of relevant legislation and regulations, as well as the creation of an efficient and effective enforcement and monitoring machinery.