III. MECHANISMS FOR INTEGRATING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS INTO AGRICULTURAL POLICY
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D. Environmental policy
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The national environmental policy in Malaysia will continue to give greater emphasis to the following objectives:
- The maintenance of a clean and healthy environment;
- The maintenance of environmental quality relative to the needs of the growing population;
- The minimization of the impact, on the environment, of the growing population and human activities related to mineral exploration, deforestation, agriculture, urbanization, tourism and the development of other resources;
- The balancing of (a) the goals for socio-economic development, and (b) the need to bring the benefits of development to a wider spectrum of the population against the maintenance of sound environmental conditions;
- The placing of greater emphasis on prevention through conservation rather than on curative measures, inter alia by preserving the country's unique and diverse cultural and natural heritage;
- The incorporation of an environmental dimension into project planning and implementation, inter alia by determining the implication of the proposed projects and the costs of the required environmental mitigation measures through EIAs;
- The promotion of greater cooperation and increased coordination between the relevant federal and State authorities as well as between the member governments of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
In order to achieve the national environmental objectives, the Department of Environment adopted a three-pronged strategy based on "pollution control and prevention", "integration of environmental factors into project planning and implementation" and "environmental inputs into resource and regional development planning".