Dr Jamili Nais first Malaysian to sit on World Heritage Panel

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah-born Dr Jamili Nais now holds the big responsibility of evaluating potential world heritage sites after being appointed as a member of the Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Heritage panel. The appointment makes Jamili, who is also Sabah Parks director, the first Malaysian and the sole Asian to sit on the distinguished panel. The 52-year-old native from Kampung Takutan, Ranau, will join 12 other conservationist experts for four years, starting this year until 2020. Describing his new role as “a big responsibility”,

Jamili said he was honoured and grateful to be a part of the prestigious panel. He had, in September last year, applied for the position with the support of Sabah Tourism, Culture, and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. Jamili, who is a conservationist, said the criteria to be a member of the IUCN panel were strict, and that a qualified applicant needed
to have a lot of experience working with World Heritage Sites. To date, Jamili has served with Sabah Parks for 29 years, including 11 years in Kinabalu Park — Malaysia's first World Heritage Site. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in botany from Universiti Teknologi Mara and a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

According to the IUCN website, the panel provides high-quality technical and scientific advice on World Heritage and forms the official position of IUCN in its recommendations to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee. “The IUCN World Heritage Panel is responsible for producing the official advice of IUCN on all nominations to the World Heritage List, taking account of all of the different inputs. “The panel can recommend inscribing or not inscribing a site, deferring a decision, or referring a nomination back to the country. “The panel also provides advice when necessary on particularly sensitive State of Conservation reports, which constitute the core of the World Heritage Convention’s reactive monitoring,” stated IUCN.

(Source : New Straits Time)