Malaysia - Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Mission of the organisation
To promote the study, appreciation, and conservation of Malaysia's natural heritage, focusing on biological diversity and sustainable development.
MNS is a membership-based organisation working closely with grassroots communities, as well as corporate and government agencies. MNS concentrates on four different areas of work to achieve its mission:
- Science and Conservation – Working towards conserving key habitats in Malaysia, through scientific research, consultancy work for government agencies, advocacy, developing policies, campaigns and lobbying
- Environmental Education – Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education towards instilling nature awareness among school children, through the MNS School Nature Club programme. This programme currently reaches out to almost 10,000 school children nationwide though publications, camps and workshops. Environmental education is also extended to local communities and decision makers through camps and workshops
- Parks – MNS works towards establishing new nature parks to create more protected areas and to bring nature closer to the public. Currently MNS hosts three different parks representing three habitat types; mangrove, caves, and highlands
- Publications – MNS has been documenting and publishing findings from Malaysia’s natural heritage since 1940 through the Malayan Nature Journal. Apart from the journal, MNS produces a colourful, quarterly magazine, the Malaysian Naturalist, targeted at people from all walks of life as well as various other nature-related publications