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on 6 May, 22:38

A Day Out with Dolphins & Dolphin Researchers at MareCet

A Day Out with Dolphins & Dolphin Researchers at MareCet
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Our next excursion with dolphins and dolphin researchers in Kuala Sepetang, Perak is happening 20 May 2018! The excursion provides an opportunity for participants to be out at sea with our dolphin researcher team in search of the dolphins and experience how dolphin research is conducted at one of our project sites.

For bookings and enquiries, kindly email us at outreach.marecet@gmail.com. We look forward to welcoming you onboard our trip, which enables us to share a piece of our work with you and also helps to keep our work going 🙂

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
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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
#PowerShiftMsia
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
WWF-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 12 Mar, 12:38

Monthly tree planting at North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest

This is a recurring event. To see the most updated information, please check the original post: http://www.gec.org.my/index.cfm?&menuid=281

The 2018 monthly tree planting activity is an annual activity organised to promote the importance of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest to the public.This activity is aimed at conserving the various species of peat swamp and restoring the deteriorated area to its former glory, retaining the original characteristics of the peat swamp forest. It promotes environmental awareness and the planting activity is designed to attract different interest groups, including children.The tree planting activity is sponsored by the organisers/funders; therefore, there will be no imposed costs on the participants.

The participation is on a first come, first served basis, limited to 100 participants with 400-600 seedlings for each of the planting session — in one hectare area of the forest reserve.

The half day activity is a collaborative effort by the Selangor State Government, Selangor Forestry Department, Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest and Global Environment Centre. The rehabilitation programme is supported by the HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and the Selangor State Government.

The dates are now open for registration:

#treeplanting

on 12 Mar, 12:36

Monthly tree planting at North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest

This is a recurring event. To see the most updated information, please check the original post: http://www.gec.org.my/index.cfm?&menuid=281

The 2018 monthly tree planting activity is an annual activity organised to promote the importance of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest to the public.This activity is aimed at conserving the various species of peat swamp and restoring the deteriorated area to its former glory, retaining the original characteristics of the peat swamp forest. It promotes environmental awareness and the planting activity is designed to attract different interest groups, including children.The tree planting activity is sponsored by the organisers/funders; therefore, there will be no imposed costs on the participants.

The participation is on a first come, first served basis, limited to 100 participants with 400-600 seedlings for each of the planting session — in one hectare area of the forest reserve.

The half day activity is a collaborative effort by the Selangor State Government, Selangor Forestry Department, Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest and Global Environment Centre. The rehabilitation programme is supported by the HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and the Selangor State Government.

The dates are now open for registration:

#treeplanting

on 12 Mar, 12:30

Monthly tree planting at North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest

This is a recurring event. To see the most updated information, please check the original post: http://www.gec.org.my/index.cfm?&menuid=281

The 2018 monthly tree planting activity is an annual activity organised to promote the importance of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest to the public.This activity is aimed at conserving the various species of peat swamp and restoring the deteriorated area to its former glory, retaining the original characteristics of the peat swamp forest. It promotes environmental awareness and the planting activity is designed to attract different interest groups, including children.The tree planting activity is sponsored by the organisers/funders; therefore, there will be no imposed costs on the participants.

The participation is on a first come, first served basis, limited to 100 participants with 400-600 seedlings for each of the planting session — in one hectare area of the forest reserve.

The half day activity is a collaborative effort by the Selangor State Government, Selangor Forestry Department, Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest and Global Environment Centre. The rehabilitation programme is supported by the HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and the Selangor State Government.

The dates are now open for registration: