Malaysian Nature Society Posts

on 13 Oct, 08:43

Loggers block media from investigating Janda Baik logging

This post is put up on behalf of Janda Baik resident Christine Lim, who is trying to raise awareness on the destructive logging in Janda Baik. This is her English translation of a Bernama article carried by Free Malaysia Today.

 

Loggers prevent media from investigating logging in Janda Baik
Bernama | October 11, 2016
They prevented the passage of the media and environmental activists who wanted to see the uncontrolled logging activities of the past 20 years in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik

 

BENTONG: The greed of those carrying out uncontrolled logging activities in the Permanent Forest Estate of Janda Baik over the past 20 years is a nightmare for the close to 2,000 residents of Janda Baik Village.

Their livelihoods are increasingly affected because five major tributaries including Ulu Sungai Benus, Sungai Kuala Lurau and Sungai Tampik, which supplied clean water and were tourist attractions, have been “raped” by certain parties for their own interests.

Accordingly, the Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia (PEKA) has taken the initiative to defend the plight of the villagers by urging the cessation of logging activity before the situation worsens.

President Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said that although the various parties deny the situation, Peka has clear evidence that the deforestation is increasingly serious.

As proof, PEKA and several media agencies including Bernama surveyed the area and found that forest clearing is still in progress.

Among the proof they found is a new trail enabling log removal that was found 3 kilometers deep into the forest, when they entered by a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

However, when the parties involved became aware of the presence of PEKA and the media, they acted to block the passage they were clearing by placing the equipment in the middle of the route.

Sabrina Shariffa described their actions as extreme because not only do they harm the environment but they also affect the livelihood of the majority of the local population who provide homestays.

“This is a permanent forest reserve. Janda Baik is an ecotourism area but it is losing the natural resources such as rivers, including flora and fauna.

“I feel this is unfair to the residents who have invested money to provide homestays. They are disappointed and they are now speaking out to stop the logging because it has gone overboard,” she said.

She said her organization is always monitoring the situation in the area but needed the cooperation of local residents to ensure that those responsible stop their logging activities.

“It is time for the residents to take action out of desperation. PEKA will always provide support for the welfare of the population and the environment before we lose this valuable resource,” she said.

Meanwhile, local area representative Mat Sabri Ahmad Malek, 58, said that such activities do not only affect the income of the population but also cause several other problems such as mud floods, shallow waters, and decreasing fish population.

“We are no longer able to cope with this situation. We, with PEKA’s help, will put up barriers immediately for the good of all,” said he, who used to work in freshwater aquaculture.

Jefri Jais, who represents the tourist guides in the area, also expressed disappointment in the steep recent decline in the number of tourists in this ecotourism area, which has been deeply felt.

He claimed that tourist visits to the area have fallen by about 50% as many are aware of the destruction of flora and fauna.

on 2 Jul, 22:55

Registration for the MNS Green Living Turtle Volunteer Programme 2015

Registration for the MNS Green Living Turtle Volunteer Programme 2015
Post Volunteer!

(FOR PAID-UP MALAYSIAN NATURE SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY)

Registration for the MNS Green Living Turtle Volunteer Programme 2015:

Cost per participant: RM30 (RM25 as a donation to the Turtle Conservation and Information Centre and RM5 as a donation to Green Living for the purchase of beach cleanup equipment etc). Please bring your cash donation with you on the same day.

This activity is limited to 30 participants (age 6 and above) who must have valid MNS memberships.

Please email your details to wongeelynn@yahoo.com or text (not call, please!) 013 228 6812 before 10th August 2015 to book your places. Our turtle friends await!

on 18 Jun, 13:50

The all new NatureWatch app is here!

The all new NatureWatch app is here!
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Become a conservationist on your next nature trip!

We’re excited to shout out the all new NatureWatch app is now ready to be downloaded on your Apple devices. What’s so special about this app? Well, it gives you the choice to plan your wildlife adventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in the world.

What does the app offer? How about useful information through accessing the latest maps, information sheets and sightings from each site sound? Have we got your attention already?

What’s more exciting is that the new App also allows you to share your magical moments with nature as they happen with your family, friends, colleagues and other NatureWatch users. NatureWatch users can view lists of key bird species at each site, share their latest sightings and report any threats to the sites in real time.

Download the NatureWatch app today at http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/projects/naturewatch

 

on 7 Jun, 18:19

Let’s count garden birds on 20th & 21st June

Let’s count garden birds on 20th & 21st June
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Make a date with garden birds on 20 and/or 21 June 2015 and join us in counting the birds in your garden.

Thank you, counters, for your unwavering commitment since 2010. We look forward to your sightings in June.

New to MYGB? Welcome to citizen science! MY Garden Birdwatch is a joint effort by new, semi-serious and hardcore birdwatchers who devote 30 minutes every June to build a databank on garden bird populations in Malaysia.

Why a databank? Well, statistics can tell us a lot on bird population trends and offer insights into the fascinating world of birds. The more sites we have, the more solid the data generated. This year, have your green patch represented on this map—find out how, here or watch this video:

on 15 May, 17:20

Lend your support towards the Save the Selangor Water Tower Signature Campaign

Lend your support towards the Save the Selangor Water Tower Signature Campaign
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The Selangor State Park is facing threats of degazettement with the latest proposal with regards to the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE). The Park protects over 90% of Selangor, KL and Putrajaya’s current water supply. However, the proposed alignment of the EKVE threatens pristine sections of the catchment forests that make up the Park.

We have just gone through a very challenging water rationing period where we should realise by now how precious our water supply is. So, let us join our voices and efforts to tell the authorities that we Malaysians do not want the proposed highway to cut through our precious water catchment forests and destroy the habitats of many flora and faunas.

We would like to invite you to lend your support in gathering signatures at designated public places which is convenient for you. You can download the form by clicking here

AND, if you have not signed the online petition, you can do so here. Don’t forget to share this link on your social media pages encouraging your family and friends to sign.

Please email mns@mns.org.my if you wish to volunteer in collecting signatures. Deadline to submit all signed forms is 20th May 2014.

Join us to speak up for our forest!

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