By : Noor Eszereen Juferi
Photo : Marina Ismail
PUTRAJAYA – The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FPAS) of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) recently organized an international conference in Environmental Forensic 2015 (iENFORCE 2015) to promote the importance of environmental forensics.
Vice-Chancellor of UPM, Prof. Dato’ Dr Mohd Fauzi Ramlan said the conference was also aimed at providing an opportunity for academicians and policy makers to exchange and share their knowledge relating to environmental forensics.
“This field is directly linked to studies and scientific investigations relating to air, water and land pollution and the biota to prevent the risks of environmental pollution, plus the needs to extend support to the relevant authorities in managing our natural resources and the environment,” he said when opening iENFORCE 2015 here.
More than 100 working papers were presented during the conference, attended by participants from 11 countries, including Ukraine, Mongolia, Indonesia, India and Kuwait.
Chairman of iENFORCE 2015 Dr. Mohd Yusoff Ishak said the programme, among others, entailed the submission of working papers by participants, plenary discussions, poster and panel discussion sessions on related topics pertaining to environmental forensics.
“The emergence of studies on environmental forensics will enable experts of environmental forensic to identify the chemicals that are released into the air using current approaches, he said
He added that the conference was also attended by renowned experts from Australia and Japan, while Royal Malaysian Police Deputy Assistant Director, ACP Hussein Omar Khan, one of the attendees, shared his experience as one of the investigators from Malaysia who was among the first to arrive at the scene of crash of Malaysia Airlines’ Flight MH17 which crashed at Donetsk, Ukraine, on July 17, 2014, to identify the victims.
ACP Hussein who is also Commander of the Disaster Victim Identification team, also known the D13 PDRM, shared some information on the structure of DVI Malaysia, its recovery mission, the ante-mortem centre, DVI protocols and its proposal for future improvements.
Meanwhile, for the first time, iENFORCE Innovation Challenge was introduced as a platform for pre-university and diploma students in various fields in Malaysia who are interested to share their respective interests, ideas and expertise to carry out innovations on topics relating to the environment. – UPM.
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