Improving Forest Governance Concepts & Developments – Internationally and in Malaysia
Date: 2-8 September 2018
Venue: Awana Genting Resort, Genting Highlands, Pahang
Training of Trainers
Date: 8-14 September 2018
Venue: Belum Rainforest Resort, Gerik, Perak
Trainers: Sarah Thomas and Téodyl Nkuintchua, Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton
Participants: Delegates from Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysian Timber Certification Council, Malaysian Timber Industry Board, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Ecocentric Transitions, Camp Borneo, Environmental Protection Society Malaysia, Sustainable Development Network Malaysia, Pulau Banding Foundation, The Forest Trust, Tropical Rainforest Consevation and Research Centre, WWF-Malaysia; members from MNS Branches ~ Kedah, Langkawi, Penang, Selangor, Kuching and Sabah; and MNS Council Members.
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MY forest updates
BirdLife International, by Dr Hum Gurung
MY forest 2018, by Balu Perumal
MY forest Financial Report, by Intan Zurani Abd Razak
Sharing Session by MY forest-funded projects
Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia, by Cabrini John
Belum-Temengor Orang Asli, by Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil
MNS Hornbill Conservation Programme, by Yeap Chin Aik
MNS Sabah Branch, by Anna Wong
MNS Sarawak Branch, by Au Nyat Jun
MNS Kedah Branch, by Lt Kol (R) Husamudin Yaacob (TUDM)
Komuniti PAKAS and UCF, by Sonny Wong
KL Eco Film Festival, EcoKnights, by Yasmin Rasyid
CIDT Forest Governance Course, by Lee Ee Ling
Treat Every Environment Special, by Leela Panikkar
National Stakeholder Committee Meeting No. 1/2017
Date: 14 December 2017
Venue: Vistana Kuala Lumpur Titiwangsa
Objective: To create the National Stakeholder Committee, and formulate a plan towards the successful implementation of MY forest in its target areas
Participation: Government agencies, NGOs and Malaysian Nature Society State Branches
Theme: Central Forest Spine and the CFS Master Plan
Objective: To share information and brainstorm on ways to work with the government on the implementation of the CFS Master Plan.
Participation: Malaysian Nature Society State Branches - Langkawi, Kedah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan/Melaka, Johor, Terengganu and Kelantan
NGOs - Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM), Institute of Foresters Malaysia, The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), Regional Environmental Awareness Cameron Highlands (REACH), pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA), Traffic Southeast Asia, Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES), Tropican Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC), WWF-Malaysia
A Decade of UNDRIP in Malaysia; Perspectives, Experiences and Hopes of the Indigenous Peoples of MalaysiaRead Now
National Seminar on 10 Years of UNDRIP (UN Declaration of Rights for Indigenous Peoples) as part of the World’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration (PHOAS)
Approximately 350 participants, of whom 90% were from indigenous peoples communities around Malaysia.
The inaugural conference brought together MNS Branches as well as esteemed personalities, such as Merdeka Award winners, to share information on past, present and future conservation efforts, towards the formulation of the MNS Strategic Plan 2018-2030. The conference was opened by MNS President Henry Goh, followed by the Opening Address by Guest of Honours Dato’ Azizan Noordin, CEO of the Langkawi Development Authority, who spoke about LADA’s efforts in striking a balance between development and environmental protection in Langkawi; and Vinayagan Dharmarajah, BirdLife International Regional Director, who shared BirdLife’s work alongside MNS on Malaysia’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas.
In session one, titled “Learning From the Masters”, the audience heard from 2016 Merdeka Award Winner Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor, former MNS President and current Senior Advisor; 2015 Merdeka Award Winner Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr Abdul Latiff Mohamad, Honorary Editor of the Malayan Nature Journal; 2014 Merdeka Award Winner Mohd Khan Momin Khan, former Director-General of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia; and Professor Dr Ahmad Ismail, former MNS Vice-President and current Environmental Education Division Advisor.
Session two, “MNS Nature & Conservation – Moving Through Time”, featured presentations by MNS Branches, namely Langkawi, Kedah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan/Melaka, Johor, Miri and Sandakan, and the Herpetofauna Special Interest Group from MNS Selangor Branch. In session three, “Cherish the Past & Looking Forward to the Future”, the audience participated in raising concerns to be pursued by MNS towards strengthening the Society, playing on its 75 years of environmental advocacy and its ambitions to safeguard Malaysia’s biodiversity.
Goh said this cooperation was an important element towards strengthening civil societies’ role in effecting green policies for the country. “With MNS being the oldest and largest membership-based environmental NGO in Malaysia, its Branches are the key to success in promoting the study, appreciation, conservation and protection of Malaysia’s natural heritage. MNS has been the main force behind the protection of many key habitats, as well as national, marine and state parks in Malaysia, and this conference has greatly assisted in the Society’s road map for its future conservation efforts,” he said, adding that he was heartened by the Members’ response to the Conference, which is slated to become an annual event. “This shows commitment, and the willingness to keep MNS as a relevant part of policy decisions for the country.”