VI. INFORMATION AND TRAINING NEEDS
B. Environmental information dissemination and services
1. PublicationsA total of 32,013 Department of Environment publications have been distributed locally and overseas. They included the 1994 Environmental Quality Report, the ERA HIJAU Magazine, international referral system for sources of environmental information (INFOTERRA) pamphlets, environmental guidelines, "A Guide to Investors", the IMPAK newsletter, environmental information booklets and posters. The mailing list includes libraries, government agencies, embassies, universities and institutions of higher learning, schools, NGOs, the media and individuals.
The distribution of Department of Environment publications has increased significantly, mainly as a result of the dissemination of the ERA HIJAU Magazine, which was officially launched by the Minister of Science, Technology and the Environment on 22 August 1995. The publication of ERA HIJAU was another effort by the Department of Environment to increase environmental awareness among lower secondary school students. The first issue focused on air pollution, the second on water pollution while the third issue focused on management of solid wastes. Six copies of each issue were distributed free to all lower secondary schools (totalling 1,432) throughout Malaysia through the Ministry of Education, with the objective of promoting environmental awareness among the younger generation.
Simultaneously with the launch of ERA HIJAU, the Kenali Alam Sekitar (Know Your Environment) series was launched by the Minister of Education. The topics, which covered were water, air, habitat, food, plants, rivers, industry, town, transportation and wastes, were targeted at primary schools. At the inaugural launch, a number of corporate bodies purchased 421 sets of the Kenali Alam Sekitar books to be distributed to primary schools. Under an agreement with the Writers Academy, 10 per cent of the sales proceeds was credited to the Environmental Education and Awareness Trust Funds.
In addition, the Department of Environment also published a book entitled
Koleksi Cerita-Cerita Pendek Bertemakan Alam Sekitar (A compilation
of short stories based on environmental themes). The contents were the
winning entries of a short-story writing competition organized by the Department
with the collaboration of Utusan Malaysia. The production of those publications
was fully funded by the government under the Sixth Malaysian Plan Development
Budget 1995 and the Operating Budget.