Each year, the combined impact of marine oil pollution, deforestation and flooding on the Malaysian economy amounts to several billions of dollars. The Malaysian government and UKSA identified these as three development challenges that might be addressed through innovative satellite-based solutions. These solutions were developed through the Earth and Sea Observation System (EASOS) project, funded via UKSA’s International Partnership Programme.
The aims of the EASOS project were set out in the original calls for proposals issued by UKSA and mandated by the government of Malaysia. To provide informed and coordinated decision-making capability to 23 Government Agencies in Malaysia through a user centred dashboard delivering information and analysis on three environmental challenges. By providing this decision support solution the Malaysian team will be able to undertake a business change / business implementation to:
- Reduce the amount of degradation to the mangrove coastline in Malaysia by reducing marine pollution in the Malacca Straits. This will protect habitats, prevent coastal erosion and improve aquaculture.
- Reduce the social and environmental impact of illegal logging and to increase the economic benefit from legal logging for Malaysia.
- Reduce the economic and social cost of flood events.