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) programme is an innovative economic mechanism for local communities to build a sustainable livelihood. In partnership with LEAP Spiral and Forever Sabah, villagers in the Babagon water catchment area were trained on water quality monitoring, ecotourism livelihood, as well as best practices for advocacy and engagement with government representatives. Equipped with these new skills, the communities are now working towards various collaborative efforts with Sabah government agencies to develop a PES mechanism for managing water services. The successful development of the PES programme will ensure a win-win situation, allowing for protection of the Babagon water catchment, enhanced livelihood for the Babagon villagers, and a sustainable water supply for downstream users. Collectively, our efforts are to balance our nation’s rapid development with conservation of our natural ecosystems.
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 are able to foster greater environmental awareness. They also have opportunities for hands-on experience in building environmental systems in schools and at home, encouraging them to switch to sustainable environmental practices. 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.