Malaysia posseses wealthy biodiversity in the country, however one of the critical issue lies in conserving and protecting it. We are facing serious threat due to human activity which can lead to biological and ecological crisis.
Natural Resources remains to be one of the most valuable contribution to shaping people’s lives in Malaysia. Indigenous communities, farmers and communities relies on natural resources to supplement their livelihood and we critically need sustainable resource management to protect our nature.
Introducing Alternative Farming Practices
Explore alternative farming methods and introduce viable solutions to address waste pollutions from farming. Check out organisations such as Sri Lovely which grows various types of traditional Malaysian rice, including some dying indigenous species from a local seed bank.
Urban Hijau also works towards increasing locally grown wholesome food and train people to do the same. They educate through practical examples empowering communities to take care of their own waste and help to establish sustainable urban farms within their own neighbourhoods.
Tree-Planting and Protecting Our Remaining Forests
Tree-planting like organisations such as Free Tree Society can be a great initiative to protect our biodiversity. Leveraging the attraction of getting trees and plants for free, FTS holds workshops to educate the public on Malaysia’s native trees and plant species as they dirty their hands with soil and planting.
It is also important to conserve our remaining forests through the works of Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM), especially in speaking up to government agencies and lending voice to public causes through mass media and digital media. In driving forest restoration efforts, The Habitat Foundation runs education programmes to enhance public awareness on environmental conservation and preservation, particularly through sustainable tourism.
Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)
In order to tackle issues stemming from Biodiversity loss and Natural Resource Management, organisations such as Pertubuhan Jaringan Ekologi dan Iklim Pulau Pinang (JEDIPENANG), Malaysian Ocean Youth Ambassadors (MOYA) and the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) host expeditions, document issues storytelling, and hold workshops. In particular, Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) conducts research to help protect the sea turtles by integrating in-situ egg incubation with tagging and nesting research as well as conducting research on the turtle’s biology and ecology.
Native Discovery also highlights indigenous communities’ livelihoods and their relationship with nature. To empower Malaysia’s Orang Asli (local indigenous individuals and communities), they actively work with them to discover their potential for becoming ambassadors of Malaysian hospitality and tourism.