MELAKA, June 11 (Bernama) -- The Historical Melaka City Council (MBMB) created history when it became the first local authority in the country to receive the Green Apple Award from the Green Organisation in the United Kingdom.
Its mayor, Datuk Zainal Abu said the award was the highest recognition to MBMB for its efforts in conducting green programmes within its administrative areas.
He said MBMB had won the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage category from more than 200 nominations through their efforts made for the Conservation and Beautification of Sungai Melaka project.
"MBMB will receive a certificate and a trophy in an official ceremony which will be held at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre, Swindon, London on June 24," he told a press conference here Tuesday.
He said through this recognition, the Green Organisation will also promote the winning organisations in its website and also in the Green Book which will be distributed throughout the world as a reference to the community.
Zainal, who will be attending the awards ceremony said, the organisations involved would also be given the opportunity to talk on the green and environment practiced in their respective countries at the European Business Awards in Environments (EBAE), recognised by the European Commission in its assembly which is held twice a year.
He said the awards were started in 1994 and was elevated as a prestigious award especially in the European countries and the United States and supported by the Environment Agency, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and Chartered Institution for Waste Management.
Meanwhile, the fifth anniversary celebration of the declaration of Melaka as a World Heritage City will be held on July 5 at Istana Kesultanan Melaka Museum, Bandar Hilir here.
Melaka was recognised as a World Heritage City together with Georgetown in Penang by Unesco in July 7, 2008.