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Dr Robecca Jumin will discuss the steps that have been taken since 2006 to establish a large marine protected area in Sabah, which allowed different stakeholders to support its establishment. This has involved taking account of commercial fishing fleets and subsistence fishing communities, as well as tourism and protection of key habitats. She will share the successes and the learnings.

She was recently appointed Head of Conservation – Sabah, for WWF-Malaysia. She has been leading the Marine Programme of WWF-Malaysia, working on three strategies to sustain fisheries and seafood, conserve and effectively manage coastal and marine ecosystem, and protect marine turtles as a flagship species for endangered species.

She is trained as a marine biologist, and completed her Ph.D. in 2015 in Marine Science (Environmental and Resource Management Plan for the Proposed Tun Mustapha Park) from the Universiti Malaysia Sabah. She completed her PhD while working with WWF-Malaysia, facilitating and building support for the establishment of the proposed Tun Mustapha Park.