In stating this here Saturday, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun reiterated the Government's commitment to sustainable development.
He said it had been part of their effort in meeting the needs of future generations.
Therefore, he explained that the ministry along with its agencies had offered recognition to those who strive to protect, manage or restore natural heritage.
Masidi said this in his speech delivered by Assistant Minister Datuk Pang Yuk Ming during the Environmental Forum and Mangrove Tree Planting Project sponsored by Talisman Malaysia Limited in conjunction with World Environment Day 2014 at Shangri-la's Rasa Ria Resort, here.
He hoped Talisman Malaysia would also consider initiating recognition for innovative and outstanding environment programmes to complement the award programmes that are already in place.
The programme was attended by 160 engineering students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
Masidi later urged the undergraduates to embrace the concept of sustainable development.
"I find it most appropriate that this forum is targeted at engineering undergraduates as they will soon be in the forefront of project developments in their respective careers," he said.
According to him, students who acquired environmental awareness would have the capability to personalise environmental issues.
It would not only make others realise their responsibilities but also their power to become agents of change in support of sustainable and equitable development, he said.
Earlier, he expressed his satisfaction towards Talisman Malaysia for taking the leading role on World Environment Day.
Talisman Malaysia's, Kinabalu Asset Manager, Duncan Smart, said they had covered much ground since their arrival in Sabah two years ago.
"We are passionate about helping local communities in which we do business," he said, adding that their focus is on the environment, education and health.
The forum, he said, represented the extension of their commitment in sharing different approaches and knowledge on sustainable development to students who will pursue their careers in various industries.