14 Aug Denise Cheah
Country of citizenship: Malaysia
Undergraduate Qualification: Master of Science in Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (University of Kebangsaan, Malaysia)
Position: Technical Officer, Wetlands International, Malaysia
Completed scholarship: 2016
“Working with an environmental NGO on several projects concerning wetland conservation and wise-use, I realised that a great majority of people are unaware of the water security risk our nation is facing or the causes leading to it. This is disturbing as it allows rapid land conversion and unsustainable resource usage and other activities that result in deforestation, leaching and ground water contamination, greatly affecting water resource availability.
The scholarship has helped me to identify the gaps in current water management strategies and propose ways to improve upon them, finding common understanding between various levels of stakeholders and bringing them together in managing the limited water resources. I hope that by doing this, we can work towards ensuring that every person and organism will have access to clean and safe drinking water.
I want to highlight water security issues in the country and the importance of conserving our natural environment, as our main source of water, through initiatives such as strengthening policies and enforcement of water management and conservation by the government, best management practices in private industries and greater awareness of water usage by the general public.”