BY BIRDLIFE INTERNATIONAL
For nearly 80 years, the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has led the way for conservation and environmental stewardship in Malaysia. From protecting large swathes of land, such as Royal Belum State Park, to environmental education in schools, MNS is acting on their vision “For Malaysia’s natural heritage and rich biological diversity to be effectively protected, managed and conserved for the benefit and appreciation of all Malaysians”.
To aid in their mission, MNS is working with BirdLife International through a European Union-funded project to increase participation in forest governance and advocacy. One way BirdLife International and MNS hope to stem forest loss is through building the capacity of staff and volunteers to effectively participate in conservation activities, projects, and understand and have access to tools that will increase the likelihood of successful implementation and advocacy for conservation impacts.
BirdLife International’s Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme Coordinator provided a day-long training on developing a Theory of Change, or the process of planning, participation, and evaluation of conservation impact, along with general conservation project management. A total of 20 early career staff and volunteers participated in the interactive training where they were able to apply the approach to both the work they are doing and also MNS’s strategy and vision. The training allowed participants across all departments within the organisation to share their experiences and opinions for improving conservation efforts, and better manage current projects and activities.
“By encouraging positive interest and commitment to make changes to their own practices, building the capacity of young conservationists is the only way to ensure that theirs and future generations have the tools necessary to preserve our natural world, especially our forests,” said I.S. Shanmugaraj, Executive Director of MNS.
The EU-funded project is run at the regional level by BirdLife International. The country partners are Burung Indonesia, Malaysian Nature Society, Haribon Foundation (the Philippines) and Tenkile Conservation Alliance (Papua New Guinea)... SEE MORE