Check out some of our highlights in October: –
- Sabah Green Carnival-Jari Hijau Green Carnival;
- SWCS Courtesy visit to Sabah Tourism Board;
- Tree planting activities; and,
- Other environmental activities
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Organizing an International Conference surely requires tremendous commitments and efforts. Despite of all the challenges that we faced, we successfully held our 2nd International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands with the theme “Wetlands: Connectivity, Corridors and Catchments.” 10 speakers who are enthusiast on the conservation of wetlands were invited to deliver their findings on issues and management of wetlands throughout the globe. SWCS has successfully accommodated over 100 participants from all over Malaysia. For more, look inside our monthly newsletter for the month of September!
One of the strength of SWCS, standing as an NGO is the active collaboration with other agencies, private sectors and organizations in conservation efforts. This month, SWCS proudly announce an extension of MOU with Sabah Forestry Department for the purpose of conserving and restoring degraded mangrove forest in Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve. The previous MOU period between the two organization was from 2010 until 2015, where SWCS successfully restored 4.91 hectare of mangrove area through tree replantating programme. The new MOU period is from 2016 to 2020, for SWCS to restore 3.1 hectare of mangrove swamp in Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve.
On 26th to 28th April 2016, 3 staffs from SWCS participated in the workshop of Honorary Wildlife Warden training at our very own place in KK Wetlands. The Honorary Wildlife Warden is an authorized officer by the Minister by notification published in Gazzete
. The main objective of this training is to appoint suitable persons to be Honorary Wildlife Warden to assist in carrying into effect of the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997, which is to be appointed by the Director of Sabah Wildlife Department. The other participants are from Lembah Danun, Maliau Basin Conservation Area and Pulau Mantanani to name a few.
On this March we would love to highlight our mangrove restoration programme through planting and monitoring of the mangrove trees. SWCS in collaboration with Sabah Forestry Department through a five years MoU signed on 2010, conducts mangrove restoration programs at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve in Tuaran. The collaboration was extended to another five years started on February 2016. On 1st March 2016, we went to the planting site to monitor the growth of the mangrove trees together with Mr. Dauni from Sabah Forestry Department. On the 10th March, led by Mr Valentine (SFD) we went to survey a new mangrove planting site at Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve
The National Level World Wetlands Day 2016 (WWD 2016) was celebrated in KK Wetlands, on the 27th of February 2016. This event was the first of its kind in the history of SWCS to be celebrated and organized at a national level since the establishment of the society in 2006. This event went successful in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia, supported by many corporate sectors, government agencies and volunteers. In line with the theme, “Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods”, this event served as an eye opener to the public on the importance of conserving wetlands for future generations.
Happy New Year!!! Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society has been so busy with the preparation of the upcoming activities and events. Kota Kinabalu Wetlands has organized the International Waterbirds Census on the 16th January 2016 that has gathered all the volunteers for the Waterbird Monitoring programme. Apart from that, the World Wetlands Day 2016 will be started in less than two months from now therefore SWCS welcome all of you to come and support us by registering as a participant for the anticipated event starting from today and you will experience the wonderful atmosphere of urban mangrove forest only in Kota Kinabalu Wetlands!