As part of this capacity building, MY forest not only supported EcoKnights, organiser of KLEFF 2019, but also offered other NSC members the opportunity to spread their message within the “MY forest Pavilion” exhibition space, which comprised four booths over the seven-day exhibition at the Publika Shopping Gallery. The slots were taken up by the MNS Selangor Branch Flora Group, Pulau Banding Foundation, The Habitat Foundation, Ecocentric Transitions and Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (YAWA).
Highlights include YAWA featuring their “My Food Forest” programme, where participants can dedicate a fruit or flower tree to grow a community food forest and edible landscape, and Ecocentric drawing in children and adults alike with their RIMBA card game. The Habitat also took the opportunity to engage with the public during the week, with Justine Vaz conducting a public forum on community forests, and Dr Ahmad Zafir chatting about wildlife conservation.
On the film front, MNS for the first time sponsored the MY forest Special Award category for films with a forest governance message, believing that visual storytelling is an effective way of raising awareness about conservation. In her remarks at the launch of KLEFF 2019, MNS Vice-President Stephanie Bacon said MY forest was focused on improving the management of our rainforests for future generations, and one way to achieve this was through engagement with the public via films.
A total of 15 films were nominated for the award, and three sessions were conducted to choose the three winners. These winning films were chosen for their message, story and visuals, and their potential to touch hearts and possibly change minds towards protecting the planet’s forests.