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Celebration of World Wetlands Day 2016 by Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society

In conjunction of World Wetlands Day 2016, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) is organising the annual World Wetlands Day 2016, which will be held on 27 February 2016, 7.30am – 2.30pm, at Kota Kinabalu Wetlands. This environmental event aims to raise awareness on the importance of wetlands for our future, whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle by organising the 2KM Walk-N-Plant-A-Thon (walk-a-thon) into the mangrove forest. Among the activities that will be held are;

1. World Wetlands Day Launching Ceremony
2. Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Open Day (public)
3. Mangrove Challenge (students)
4. A book launching of “A Guide to the Plants of Kota Kinabalu Wetlands”
5. Registration for KK Wetlands Voluntary Guardian
6. The registration form can be downloaded here.

Please read the terms and conditions before registering.

For more info, please follow and like our Facebook page for The National Level World Wetlands Day 2016, where we share all the photos of 2KM Walk-N-Plant-A-Thon and Official Ceremony during the event. Feel free to tag & share to your friends!

Celebration of “Minggu Alam Sekitar Malaysia 2015” at Kota Kinabalu Wetlands

Minggu Alam Sekitar Malaysia (MASM) is commemorated every year at the national and state level for a period of one (1) week, usually from 21 – 27 October with the aim of instilling environmental awareness among Malaysians.

This year, in conjunction with MASM 2015, Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) in collaboration with Department of Environment Sabah (DOE), Environment Protection Department (EPD) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA-SDBEC) organised the event which was officiated by Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Masidi Haji Manjun, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah.

The event was held on the 26th October 2015 (Monday), 7.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m, at Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, Likas with the theme “Ya! Teruskan Gaya Hidup Lestari”.

The objectives of this event were to increase environmental awareness among the public and to promote cooperation in environmental conservation between various agencies such as government, non-governmental organizations (NGO), individuals and the public.

Minggu Alam Sekitar Malaysia 2015 Poster

Celebration of World Wetlands Day at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre celebrates World Wetlands Day 2010 once again by targeting secondary school students with activities aimed at raising awareness on the importance of wetlands.

The theme for this year, Caring for Wetlands ~ an Answer to Climate Change, emphasize the issue which is being faced globally, threatening important ecosystems around the world, especially wetlands, and highlighting the crucial importance of wetlands for climate change mitigation and adaption.

Ramsar estimates that the worldwide loss of wetlands already adds up to 50% – due to human-induced reasons such as habitat loss, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change; all of these factors being either steady or increasing.

In his welcoming speech, President of Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society, Haji Zainie Abdul Aucasa said, “We all have to take action, regarding the fact that wetland ecosystems are in great danger, in Malaysia and worldwide. More awareness needs to rise about just how important wetlands are for our existence – not only in terms of climate change”.

Activities conducted during the celebration included the “Wetlands and Climate Change Challenge” – an interactive educational rally for school students, and a talk to explain the roles that children can play to care about and conserve wetlands by guest speaker from the RAMSAR centre in Japan, Ms. Reiko Nakamura.

An official ceremony was officiated by Datuk Masidi Manjun, State Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment. During this ceremony, prize winners for the Wetlands and Climate Change Challenge, and, the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre logo design competition were presented.

This year, 2010, also marks the 10th year that Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre, formally known as the Kota Kinabalu City Bird Sanctuary, of being open to the public.

World Wetlands Day 2010 is an initiative of the RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands. The celebration at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre is made possible by the generous commitment by HSBC Bank, under Phase 2 of the Invest in the Young and the Future project, a joint collaboration between HSBC and Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society.

*Press release circulated on 13th February 2010.

Reviving Degraded Mangrove Areas

Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) embarks on a new partnership with Japanese real estate company, Mullion Co. Inc. to restore degraded mangrove areas around Sabah.

In a signing ceremony witnessed by Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, held today, Mullion made a commitment to support efforts by SWCS in mangrove restoration by pledging to donate a minimum sum of RM150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand Ringgit Malaysia) to SWCS over a period of five years.

The main objectives under this project are to replant a total of 25,000 mangrove seedlings within 5 years, while raising awareness on the importance of mangrove conservation and management for the local community and the general public.

Tuan Haji Zainie Abdul Aucasa, President of SWCS, stated that partnerships with both the government and the private sector are vital in wetlands conservation. The consciousness of our Japanese counterparts is already being emulated by local organizations in Sabah. This, Tuan Haji said, must be encouraged to ensure the sustainability of our mangroves, which brings much benefit to society.

Mr. Keiji Fukuda, President of Mullion Co. Inc. said that this partnership is the first of its kind by Mullion. It is part of their Mullion Bond business strategy, which offers investment opportunities to Japanese investors. An important component of this bond is that part of its yield is channeled towards conservation. This, Mr. Fukuda continued, is important to Japanese investors, who have become increasing conscious of the need to contribute towards the preservation of the environment.

Also in attendance at the signing ceremony were Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Culture’s Permanent Secretary, Datuk Suzannah Liaw, Dr. Hitoshi Murakami and Mr. Mitsubori from Mullion, and, Mr. Andrew Chong and Datuk Verus Aman Sham from Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society.

*Press release circulated on 9th October 2009

Continuing Environmental Education at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre

HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad today marked its continued support to Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) in educating the younger generation about the importance of conserving wetlands.

A two-day Facilitation Skills Workshop, held at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre (KKWC), was attended by 21 participants who are actively involved in the Environmental Education scene in Sabah. This workshop is the first activity under the second phase of the Invest in the Young and the Future project, which is fully funded by HSBC Bank Malaysia. The workshop was conducted by experienced trainers from Asia Ability, who partially sponsored the training.

During his speech at the closing ceremony of the workshop yesterday, Tuan Haji Zainie Abdul Aucasa, President of SWCS, explained that under the first phase of the Invest in the Young and the Future project – a joint project between HSBC, WWF-Malaysia and SWCS which ran from August 2006 to July 2009 – 11,089 secondary school students from throughout the Kota Kinabalu district were taught about the unique features of mangroves, and the important functions that this wetland ecosystem provides to mankind.

Students were educated through various outreach and Environmental Education Programmes held at Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre (KKWC), where two main programmes – Getting to Know KKWC, and, Exploring the Mangroves – were conducted. The methods used during the implementation included briefings, interpretative walks, and quizzes.

HSBC Bank Malaysia in its continued commitment towards conservation, has pledged another RM300,000 for the next three years to SWCS. This extension project will be conducted in various stages, and will include capacity building workshops for facilitators and educators, environmental leadership courses for secondary school students, and educational workshops for teacher trainees. Public awareness and outreach programmes, including World Wetlands Day (an annual event held at KKWC) and Wetlands Outreach Programmes, will continue to be held to promote the awareness of wetlands.

HSBC’s Executive Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Mr. Jonathan Addis said, “This project is very much in line with HSBC’s initiatives in environmental conservation and education especially among the younger generation. It focuses on the importance and role of the wetlands in mitigating climate change and we are pleased to be able to work with Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society in this issue that HSBC recognizes as one of the major challenges in the 21st century.”

*Press release circulated on 3rd October 2009