Monday, January 30

CMEA 2020 focuses on environmental stewardship


KUCHING: The Chief Minister’s Environmental Award (CMEA) is back for its ninth year, with the presentation ceremony slated for October.

The CMEA represents public recognition of environmental accomplishments and leaderships of businesses and industries, as well as the public and private sectors in Sarawak.

This year’s theme ‘Enhancing Environmental Stewardship’ serves as the continuum of the previous theme, ‘Nurturing Environmental Stewardship’.

For the third time, the CMEA focuses on environmental stewardship, which started with ‘Environmental Stewardship Begins with Me’ during the seventh edition.

“The theme ‘Enhancing Environmental Stewardship’ entails continuous efforts highlighted in the ownership towards the environment, while featuring the need for further improvements.

“It is best described as inculcating within each and every individual and organisation that deeper sense of responsibility, to really putting up more efforts in response to achievements in the course of upholding the duties and responsibilities to protect and preserve the environment’.

“It also means that everyone has to improve the practices and stewardship applied towards the environment, whilst environmental stewardship itself would continue to be referring to protecting the environment through recycling, conservation, regeneration, and restoration,” said a spokesperson.

The CMEA categories are based on the five major economic sectors – agriculture and forestry, mining and resources extraction, manufacturing, construction and services. The five are then sub-divided into large, medium and small enterprises.

Two other sectors are local authorities and individuals (including journalists). There is also one special category for eateries and food outlets.

The Champion Award winner will be given trophy and certificate of participation, while the Gold Award and Merit Award winners will each receive a plaque and certificate of participation.

They will also earn the right to use the CMEA logo for publicity purposes, the recognition as an exemplary organisation committed to environmental protection, and also a 50 per cent discount on course fees for one environmental protection or awareness programme organised and run by the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) for three persons, and is valid for a year.

Submission of entries closes this May 29, with judging to be run in two stages before the awards presentation ceremony.

For submission guidelines or detailed information about the CMEA, visit

The CMEA Secretariat can also be contacted through NREB headquarters at Menara Pelita, or viia 082-447 488 / 082-319 500.