Leonardo Losoviz


on 17 Apr, 13:37

GE 14 Open Letter to All Political Parties, by NGOs concerned about the environment

GE 14 Open Letter to All Political Parties, by NGOs concerned about the environment

To: Presidents of all political parties in Malaysia

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries, including Malaysia, in September 2015 at the United Nations Summit encompass environmental, social and economic dimensions. These are now considered as universal goals for development and indicators of a country’s well-being.

We believe that environmental conservation deserves a greater emphasis in your aspirations for our country. Sustainable development should be a goal that ensures a win-win in the environmental, social and economic dimensions. By informing voters of your aspirations and plans for sustainable development in Malaysia, you allow them to make informed decisions with their votes. We, the undersigned, urge you to recognise the environmental aspirations of the citizens of Malaysia, especially the youth [refer to i] by: a) including these aspirations in your Party Manifesto; and b) ensuring they are given high priority to ensure sustainable development for current and future generations. We appeal to you to inform the voters how you will work towards realising those aspirations for the benefits of the people and, more specifically, what would you do in the first 100 days, if you are elected to form the government.

Malaysia is recognised as one of the top twelve countries in the world for mega- biodiversity. We are blessed with tropical rainforest, mangroves, peatland, montane forests, which ranks Malaysia the 4th in the world for most tree species [refer to ii] . Our surrounding seas are important parts of the Coral Triangle, which contains more than 75% of the world’s known coral species [refer to iii]. Our biodiversity is certainly one of the reasons why many tourists come to Malaysia.

As we all know, humans cannot survive without nature. While development is meant to increase our standards of living and grow our economy, unsustainable development inadvertently destroys the environment. The environment that provides services we take for granted such as our clean air, fresh water, food, and protection against extreme weather. In the end we are left worse than expected and this does not need to be the case. We must aim to achieve development in a sustainable way to balance our aspirations for economic growth without compromising our natural capital (environmental assets, social systems, cultural resources). Only then can we ensure higher standards of living for current and future generations.

In the absence of sustainable development and without proper protection of nature, the risks of flash flood, air pollution, landslides, shortage of water supply, and expanding urban heat islands will increase. We have already seen some of these happening and the frequency and intensity will get worse due to the pressures of increasing populations and changing climate. Not forgetting the role forests, wetlands and oceans play in providing food, nutrients and recreational space for humans, regulating the climate and buffering against extreme weather.

This Open Letter has been prepared in a neutral and non-partisan manner on behalf of our supporters – your constituents. They expect us to engage with the political system to advocate sustainable development and to urge you to make this a priority above party politics. By informing the voters your aspirations and plans for sustainable development in Malaysia, you allow them to make informed decisions with their votes.

We thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Biji-biji Initiative
Civil Society Organisations for Sustainable Development Goals (CSO-SDG) Alliance
Ecocentric Transitions
EcoKnights Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM)
Friends of Sarawak Museum
Hunger Hurts
Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) Spiral
Malaysian Nature Society
Reef Check Malaysia
Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
Sabah Environmental Trust
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society
Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Sarawak Eco Warriors
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM)
Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
Wetlands International Malaysia

i According to the National Youth Survey 2007, “the environment” ranked 3rd as the 1st concern among youth surveyed. http://www.merdeka.org/v2/download/Microsoft%20Word%20- %20National%20Youth%20Survey%202007%20-%20Exec%20Summary–%20Final.pdf
ii http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10549811.2017.1310049?journalCode=wjsf20
iii http://www.coraltriangle.org/biodiversity/Biodiversity-CoralTriangle-MarineConservation-Culture-Fisheries.html

Please see attachment of a survey on voter concerns when it comes to the environment:

Media release: Poll shows voters most concern with pollution of rivers and seas

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on 14 Mar, 14:47

Turtle Conservation Society: Social event & 7th AGM

We’re organizing a social event and AGM this weekend:

Date: 17th March 2018 (Saturday)
Time: 1:30 pm (talk), 2:30 pm (AGM)
Venue: Red Clementine Cafe, MKH Boulevard, Kajang

We will give a talk on turtles and terrapins at 1:30 pm and we will also share with you the projects/activities that TCS has carried out in 2017, as well as some of our research and outreach plans for 2018. If you have a suggestion (or two, or three) about future projects and/or collaborations, we’d love to hear from you!

Our AGM will commence at 2:30 pm. You are most welcome to join too! The agenda for the AGM is as follows:

1. President’s Opening Address
2. To approve the minutes of the 6th AGM held on ​12th March 201​7​
3. To receive and adopt the Annual Activities Report for 201​7​
4. ​To receive and adopt the Treasurer’s Report for 2017​
5.​ ​To elect a new Committee and two Internal Auditors for 2018—​2020​
6. To consider any matters of which notice has been given to the Secretary at least 14 days before the AGM

This is an election year, as such, we’d appreciate your presence at the meeting. ​We also welcome all individuals who would like to contribute to TCS and turtle conservation to be a part of this very meaningful partnership. We’d love to do more for our turtles, but we cannot do this alone. We need your help and support.

We’d love for you to bring your family! Please feel free to share this event with your friends/colleagues/network too. Kindly confirm your attendance by ​Thursday, 15​th March 201​8 (just click reply to let us know).

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Photo credit: Stacy Liu

on 9 Mar, 15:50

Pulau Sibu Nature Excursion with MareCet

Pulau Sibu Nature Excursion with MareCet
Upcoming Event

We’re so excited to finally launched our first dates for a Nature Excursion to Pulau Sibu, Johor on 28 Apr – 1 May 2018!

The island is located off the east coast of Johor, an hour south of Mersing Town, and it is the area where we have been conducting our dugong research and conservation work since 2014. And now, we want to share its beauty with you in a fun, engaging and educational manner!

The island is remote and still relatively undeveloped, hence a lot of its original beauty is still preserved. It is the only place in Peninsular Malaysia where dugongs are reliably found, therefore we deem the area as a last stronghold for these gentle sea cows and is currently under consideration to be gazetted as a Dugong Sanctuary. It is also one of the last few islands in Peninsular Malaysia where traditional kampungs and kampung living still exists. For this excursion, we will engage the local islanders in their services, providing them with a livelihood income and also tapping into their local ecological and cultural knowledge of the area. We will also tap into our scientific knowledge based on the research we’ve been conducting in the area. A teaser video of the trip can be viewed here.

Kindly contact us at outreach.marecet@gmail.com or call us at 011-15776802 for any further enquiries. We hope you’ll consider joining us on this excursion and/or help us publicize this excursion to your contacts.

#excursion #island

on 9 Mar, 13:10

Cycle Safe workshop @ Taman Lembah Kiara, TTDI

The Sustainable Transport subgroup in collaboration with the Malaysian IATSS Forum Alumni are proud to host Cycle Safe.

Cycle Safe is a community workshop on roadsafety. This session is a free pilot program, limited to 20 seats and we are looking for a variety of individuals (of different ages 10 – 60yrs).

Confirmed registrations will receive a whatsapp message with updated information prior to the workshop. Others are welcomed to attend, listen to the talks and visit the booths by various organisations dedicated to cycling and road safety. We encourage parents to accompany selected participants.

To register, please use the following link:


#cycling #park #activity

on 23 Jan, 15:46
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[Mindset Public Talk] Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

We are pleased to invite you to our first Mindset Public Talk of 2018. This event is in conjunction with The World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur and features two presentations, from Dr Chris Ives (University of Nottingham, UK) and Dr David Tan (United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health). Both speakers will discuss areas of their research, which offer innovative perspectives for moving towards urban sustainability (details below).

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally (but as this month, not always) held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Feb 2018

Title: Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

Guest Speakers: Dr Chris Ives and Dr David Tan

Date & time: Wed 7 Feb 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)

Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

RSVP: Wed 31 Jan, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Speakers and the Talks

Connecting to nature in the city: Current knowledge and new directions for sustainable urbanisation

Being ‘connected to nature’ is increasingly recognised as vital for a good quality of life but increasingly difficult to achieve in the context of rapid urbanisation. In this talk, concepts of human-nature connectedness will be outlined based on insights from diverse fields of scholarship. The challenge of enhancing connections to nature in the new urban era will then explored. Actions for connecting people to nature will be related to the vision of cities presented in the UN’s New Urban Agenda before proposing a framework for how nature can be embedded in pathways towards urban sustainability.

Dr. Chris Ives is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in urban social-ecological systems and the human dimensions of environmental management. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2016 after holding research positions at universities in Australia and Germany. As an Australian, Chris loves the outdoors but is also fascinated by how cities function in different parts of the world. His research has focused on the values urban residents assign to green space, the ethics of conservation policy, the biodiversity of streamside habitats and ways of conceptualising sustainability transformations.

Systems Thinking for Urban Health and Sustainable Development

Health begins in the environments we live and operate in. Cities play a pivotal role, both as the environments that are home to a majority to human beings today, and as engines of development that are shaping the global environment of tomorrow. The relationships that govern the operation of cities are complex, difficult to observe and understand. Systems thinking is a tool for tracing and exploring the feedback loops that govern complex systems. The talk will introduce the SCHEMA project, “Systems Thinking and Place-Based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities,” which uses systems thinking for understanding specific problems and for facilitating communication between disciplines and between experts and non-experts to break down information and management silos.

Dr. David Tan is a systems thinking researcher with a background in environmental engineering. He joined United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health in 2016, where he explores the linkages between urban environments and public health and wellbeing. His interests include sustainable housing and transit solutions and figuring out how to get key actors in urban environments to see the impact they have on health.

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