Climate change issues are posing a threat to the world’s sustainable development. Geographically, Malaysia is located in a highly vulnerable region to the impacts of climate change, Southeast Asia. Thus, climate change governance based on stakeholder participation is needed to tackle climate change effectively. As non-state stakeholders, environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) have been recognised as key actors in climate governance. In Malaysia, it has been observed that ENGOs have participated in several national committees to address climate change. However, there is limited empirical evidence demonstrating the current state of ENGO participation in Malaysia’s climate change governance. This paper presents a qualitative analysis to explore ENGO participation in Malaysian climate change governance, specifically focusing on the governance activities, level of participation and challenges for ENGO participation. The results reveal that ENGOs in Malaysia have participated in different phases of climate change governance activities, and it has been increasingly visible since the 1990s. While there have been improvements in the level of ENGO participation, the Malaysian government remains the dominant decision-maker in climate change governance. The ENGO participation in governance activities did not guarantee that their inputs were included in the final decisions. The study suggests that enhancing ENGO capacity-building, addressing key public officials’ receptivity towards ENGOs, and increasing partnerships with ENGOs, are vital to improving ENGO participation in Malaysian climate change governance.

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