From lush rainforests to clear blue waters, for our natural heritage to live on, we need to do our part to prevent further degradation. Through environmental education, active conservation programmes, and the promotion of greener policies, we aim to strengthen Malaysia’s ability to move towards a climate-resilient, low-carbon future. Beyond ensuring sustainability, we believe a greener environment will allow for the enhanced livelihood of our local communities, improving our national economy.
Strengthening Capacity and Capability in Conservation
Our aim is to protect our nation’s rainforest, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, ensuring they can survive and thrive in the years to come. The Central Forest Spine (CFS), for example, is a biologically diverse region in Peninsular Malaysia providing ecosystem services to 80% of the nation’s people, including water supply and carbon absorption. With efforts to stop further degradation, we work with several partners to build knowledge, advocacy, and engagement within communities. This includes the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre in preserving our endangered tropical rainforest plants and the Global Environment Centre in promoting protection, restoration, and sustainable use of our rivers. Looking at our rich marine life, to ensure successful conservation of our coral reefs, we support Reef Check Malaysia in engaging with local communities to protect these underwater ecosystems through education and rehabilitation programmes.
In addition, beyond conserving natural resources, the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) program is an innovative economic mechanism for local communities to build a sustainable livelihood. In partnership with LEAP Spiral and Forever Sabah, a water conservation fee was implemented for villages in the Babagon Water Catchment Area, where water users contribute towards the conservation and protection of the river ecosystem. The community has since gained citizen science skills in water quality testing, land surveying, and organic farming. Collectively, our efforts are to balance our nation’s rapid development with conservation of our natural ecosystems.
Institutions include: government agencies, NGOs, communities, private companies, and academic institutions
Building Environmental Consciousness
As with any long-term change, for environmental sustainability to be possible, we need to start with our next generation. Understanding this, PINTAR Foundation, in collaboration with University Kebangsaan Malaysia, developed the iG-Home Module Programme to inspire students’ interest in environmental conservation through science and technology. From learning about waste management and rainwater harvesting to experimenting with turning food waste and cow faeces into cooking gas, the students involved have the opportunity to foster greater environmental awareness. The programme also extends to teachers from diverse disciplines, as they attend training workshops aimed at equipping them with the skills to more effectively guide students and oversee projects.