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
- Blueprint for Conservation in Malaysia
- Kuala Selangor Nature Park (an IBA) established
- BOH-MNS Field Study Centre establishment
- Endau-Rompin Heritage Expeditions. MNS’ efforts culminated in the establishment of Endau-Rompin National Park
- MNS 50th Anniversary Conference on Conservation of Tropical Biodiversity
- Belum Science and Heritage Expedition I
- The Globally Endangered Milky Stork reintroduction programme in Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
- Belum Science and Heritage Expedition II. MNS’ efforts culminated in the establishment of Royal Belum Park.
- Hosted BirdLife International World Conference 1999
- Expedition to Pantai Aceh, Pulau Pinang. MNS’ efforts culminated in the establishment of Pantai Aceh National Park.
- Study on Sungai Selangor and the Synchronising Fireflies of the Kuala Selangor District
- Study on Eco-tourism carrying capacity of Pulau Layang Layang
- Raptor Watch 2003 resulted in the conservation of Tanjung Tuan Forest Reserve (IBA and important crossover for migratory birds) from development – a commitment from the Melaka State Government
- Scientific & Heritage Expedition 2003 to the Langkawi Islands – aiding the establishment of Langkawi National or State Park
- Completion of the Hornbill Research Projects (1st phase), in the Temenggor Forest Reserve, Perak