In the spirit of giving, we would like to invite you to support our Penan communities in Kuba’an-Puak, by buying their handicraft. WWF-Malaysia’s Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) programme empowers local communities by encouraging them to have an active participation in decision-making processes in managing the forest in which they call home and a major provider for their daily life. The forest provides source of food, firewood for cooking and natural resources for their handicraft which they sell to generate income.
Let’s celebrate the season of giving with this exclusive hand-made bangle by the Penan Artisans. As each design is burnt by hand onto the rattan using ember from burning wood, no two bangles are the same!
* Only one handcrafted bangle per donation and the design will be chosen at random. While stocks last.
Presenting our limited edition coffee table book entitled The Kuba’an Puak Story: Journey Towards a Green Corridor that will be yours for a minimum one-time donation of RM350.
This impressive book chronicles the lives of the Penan as it beautifully captures their interesting lifestyle, wonderful natural surroundings and engaging excerpts from the communities themselves. Enjoy discovering these and many more inspiring moments when you explore this limited edition coffee table book.
Lifecycle: In the wild, orangutans can live up to 50 years
Breeding rate: Slowest reproducing species in the world, usually giving birth to just one infant every six to eight years
Importance: Gardener of the forest – helps spread the plant seeds. They eat fruit, seeds come out in their droppings and as they travel, they spread the seeds into a broader place. If the seeds fall to the fertile ground, the seeds will grow into a new tree.
Rapid developments and conversion of land are causing these agile tree-climbing mammals to live in degraded and isolated patches of forests where food and shelter are limited.
What is WWF-Malaysia doing to address these threats?
Here are how your donation today will be instrumental in our orangutan conservation works:-
Forest restoration efforts – restoring the degraded land with native and fast-growing tree species.
Building ecological corridors – ecological corridors facilitate the movement of orangutans and other species between isolated patches of forest to find food, shelter and mates. We have identified nine ecological corridors requiring connectivity, with at least four being crucial to the orangutan survival in Sabah.
Conducting surveys – estimating orangutan population by conducting ground nest surveys and aerial nest surveys using either a fixed-wing drone or a helicopter
Borneo rainforest is one of the oldest rainforest in the world and home to amazing biodiversity. Your heartfelt donation today will help WWF-Malaysia in its vital Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative to protect the green lungs of Borneo.
Three nations protecting one heart, the Heart of Borneo! In 2007, the three governments in Borneo – Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia signed the Heart of Borneo (HoB) Declaration, committing to conserve and sustainably manage 22 million hectares of tropical forest on the island. WWF has been playing a key role in assisting these three governments in establishing a continuous forest belt across Borneo.
However, conserving more than 22 million hectares of forest is no easy task. Deforestation and illegal loggings area rapidly degrading forests and threatening the livelihood of over 11 million people as well as the survival of endangered species. With more and more forest being broken up into smaller patches, it is making it harder for our wildlife to survive.
WWF is working with the HoB governments, communities and businesses to achieve a green, healthy and sustainable Borneo. By donating to our Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative, you will be helping WWF-Malaysia in the following ways:-
Building wildlife corridors to help link protected forests. For instance, having wildlife corridors that connect North Kalimantan to Sabah help to ensure that the Borneo elephants have protected corridors to traverse through for years to come.
Planting gaharu (Aquilaria microcarpa) on community’s degraded land to demonstrate that gaharu tea can provide a competitive alternative to rubber and oil palm without having to clear forests.
Protecting water catchment areas. For instance, conducting river water quality monitoring to address river pollution caused by indiscriminate dumping in Long Semadoh Highlands
The Heart of Borneo Corridor Initiative has been making some great progress over the years. Here are some of the highlights of our conservation achievements:-
13,810 hectares of Maliau Basin Conservation Area in Sabah was reclassified from Class II (production) to Class I (protection) Forest Reserve. This improved protection status of the buffer zone means that the core conservation area is further enhanced against threats such as poaching, encroachment and fires.
Sarawak has committed to set aside 11,600 hectares for orangutan habitat and conservation area, where no logging activities will be carried out.
Thank you to donors like you for your continuous support!
Enjoy watching a short animation on Eco-Schools Programme below.
WWF-Malaysia is the National Operator of Eco-Schools Programme (ESP) in Malaysia. ESP aims to educate and empower students to adopt sustainable lifestyles within their school community and beyond, and to position the students as eco-ambassadors for the next generation.
Thanks to the continuous support from donors like you, Eco-Schools Programme over the years have raised many environmentally conscious young adults, teachers and community. Be inspired by these testimonials.
Nojuel, student of SMK St Michael, Sandakan
“Eco-Schools Program proved that age is truly just a number when it comes to taking actions to make the world a better place” said Nojuel, a 16 year old student. Nojuel has been contributing to various environmental events and workshops in his school with the recent initiative being the Go Green Pot. This interesting project involves making biodegradable pots from discarded materials like rice husks, blended eggshells, old newspapers and rice glue for their school compound and fundraising purposes.
Encik Shamsul Mutaza, teacher of Sekolah Sri Bestari Kuala Lumpur
“My interest on the ESP began in 2012 when I attended a camp. I brought the idea back to my school and how time flies;it has been 5 years since we adopted the initiative,” said Shamsul Mutaza. Sekolah Sri Bestari is one of the top performing Eco-Schools in Malaysia and has been awarded with the Green Flag award for many of its green practices.
Elizabeth, headmistress of SekolahKebangsaanLok Yuk Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
“I can see positive change in teachers, students and the local community’s attitude since we adopted the ESP. Even the school canteen has refrained from using Styrofoam and plastic bags now,” said Elizabeth. The school has transferred their knowledge gained through ESP into action by collecting rainwater for washing and watering purposes, upcycling plastic bottles into flower pots for hydroponic planting, engaging nearby villagers for river clean-up and the list continues.
By donating to our Eco-Schools programme today, you will help WWF-Malaysia in the following ways:-
Introducing Eco-Schools Programme to students and teachers as a tool to reduce carbon footprint;
Developing new and relevant resources, materials and activities to guide schools to take action;
Organising the annual International Eco-Schools Malaysia Conference as a platform for Eco-Schools students to gain knowledge and exchange ideas on green initiatives and community projects; and
Reaching out to more schools and partners in the country; therefore spreading the knowledge and importance of sustainable living to younger generations.
In 2005, WWF-Malaysia and Sabah Wildlife Department set out on an elephant satellite tracking project to place satellite collars on adult female elephants that are at least six feet tall and weighs approximately one tonne. We collar female elephants because they usually travel in herds compared to male elephants that are usually solitary. Currently, we are tracking ten herds.
The information obtained from the satellite collar will help us to advocate for the protection of their key habitats and the establishment of corridors to connect fragmented habitats. Knowledge of their movements will also help us to recommend human-elephant conflict mitigation options to the Sabah Wildlife Department and to plantation companies involved in this conflict.
We hope that you will consider supporting WWF-Malaysia’s conservation efforts again as we need people like you who understand the importance of protecting the environment for mankind.
Only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood! Here’s why….
Out of 1,000 eggs lay by several nesting females, perhaps only 800 will hatch and emerge from their nests. The little ones that did not survive could be because of infertile eggs or unsuitable temperature.
Out of the 800 hatch eggs, perhaps only 400 will be successful in their journey from nest to sea as they have to avoid from being caught by hungry predators like birds, crabs and monitor lizards.
Out of the 400 that made it to sea, perhaps only 100 may survive in the open ocean as they have to avoid from being eaten by nearshore fishes.
Out of the 100 that made it into deeper waters, only 10 may survive till maturity as they have to battle against bycatch, poaching, plastic, and other marine debris and pollution.
Finally, only 1 may return to nest again after further battle against various other human threats.
Hence, not every turtle hatchling that hatches will survive or live long enough to reproduce. This is why your support is very important for us to continue with our turtle conservation work to try to reduce the threats in all stages of a turtle’s life so that they will have a better chance to thrive.
The threats against marine turtles are great, but thankfully we have dedicated conservation teams that are fighting to save these beautiful sea creatures and their habitat.
Here are some of the ways that WWF-Malaysia – with you by our side – is protecting marine turtles from poachers and habitat loss:
Funding our Turtle Guardians’ field rations and research equipment like tags, weighing scales and GPS units. This helps our Turtle Guardians in monitoring the beaches every night during peak nesting season to deter any poaching activity;
Urging the state government for a state ban on the trade, consumption and possession of turtle eggs to ensure all marine turtle species are protected throughout Malaysia;
Working with the Department of Fisheries to switch to more turtle-friendly fishing gears in order to reduce turtle bycatch;
Working with the Government and other stakeholders to gazette more nesting beaches as turtle sanctuaries. Gazetting these important nesting areas would be a major step forward in safeguarding our marine turtles; and
Raising awareness of local communities whose lives are interlinked with the turtles and engaging their participation towards protecting these amazing sea creatures.
Located at the southern portion of the Titiwangsa Range, Fraser’s Hill Forest Complex is one of Malaysia’s most loved and pristine highland forests.
Why does Fraser’s Hill Forest Complex matter to us?
Headwater catchment of the Sungai Pahang and Sungai Selangor river basins which supplies fresh and clean water to the Pahang and Selangor states.
Home to 36 seed plant species endemic to Fraser’s Hill (12 of which are possibly extinct, not having been seen for more than 60 years)
Spectacled Laughingthrush (Rhinocichla mitrata)
Internationally recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA)
Home to globally endangered mammals such as the Malayan Tapir, Siamang and the critically endangered Malayan Tiger.
At approximately 163,000 hectares of forested area, Ulu Muda forest is about twice the size of Perlis state and acts as the most important water catchment for northern Peninsular Malaysia.
Why Ulu Muda forests matter?
Provide 96% and 80% Kedah and Penang water supply respectively. Being a tropical rainforest, Ulu Muda act like a giant sponge, capturing and storing tremendous amount of rain water and slowly releasing it through the rivers for our consumption.
It is one of the only two areas in Malaysia (besides Belum-Temenggor in Perak) where all 10 species of Malaysian hornbills are found, including the rare and endangered plain-pouched hornbill. Ulu Muda is also one of Malaysia’s 55 Important Bird Areas (IBA) with a current record of over 300 species of birds!
The forest provides 32% of the water supply for the irrigation needs within the Muda Irrigation Scheme, the biggest granary area in the country – our nation’s rice bowl. This allows for the double-cropping of paddy within a year in this area, producing 37% of Malaysia’s rice supply, thereby ensuring our nation’s food security.
Highland forests such as Fraser’s Hill and lowland forest such as Ulu Muda in Peninsular Malaysia are some of the prime water catchment areas that play a vital role in supplying clean water to the population within the respective areas.
Here are some of the ways on how your generous donation will help our forest conservation efforts:
Fraser’s Hill Forest Complex
Ulu Muda Forest
Gazetted as a State Park.
Reclassified as protection forest reserves (water catchment) under the National Forestry Act 1984.
Benefit of gazettement
The forests will be managed by an appropriate authority with clear management objectives and guided by a management plan.
It will be legally protected from land conversion and unsustainable timber extraction, with only activities for the purpose of watershed and biodiversity conservation permitted.
Ongoing conservation efforts
Provide technical inputs to the Pahang State Government such as identifying threats and providing remedial and preventive recommendations.
Assess the biological diversity of Fraser’s Hill via our camera/video traps and field surveys.
Increase awareness of the ecosystem services provided by Fraser’s Hill and its importance as the headwater catchment for Sungai Pahang.
Conduct hydrological studies to understand the effects of land-use changes to the quality and quantity of water.
Conduct a cost-benefit analysis study (CBA) to focus on the provision of water from the forest to create an economic case for its protection.
Organise public exhibitions, seminars and dialogues with various stakeholders and the general public to raise awareness on Ulu Muda.