Malaysia’s Next Generation of Conservation Leaders
For nearly 80 years, the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has led the way for conservation and environmental stewardship in Malaysia. From protecting large swaths of land, such as Royal Belum State Park, to environmental education in schools, MNS is acting on their vision “For Malaysia’s natural heritage and rich biological diversity to be effectively protected, managed and conserved for the benefit and appreciation of all Malaysians.”
To aid in their mission, MNS is working with BirdLife International through a European Union funded project to increase participation in forest governance and advocacy. One way BirdLife International and MNS hope to stem forest loss is through building the capacity of staff and volunteers to effectively participate in conservation activities and projects, and have access to tools that will increase the likelihood of successful implementation and advocacy for conservation impacts.
BirdLife International’s Local Engagement and Empowerment Programme Coordinator, Charlotte Klinting, provided a daylong training on developing a Theory of Change, or the process of planning, monitoring and evaluating conservation impacts, along with general conservation project management. A total of 20 early career staff and volunteers participated in the interactive training where they were able to apply the approach to the work they are doing, linking back to MNS’s strategy and vision. The training allowed participants across all departments within the organisation to share their experiences and opinions for improving conservation efforts, and better manage current projects and activities.
“By encouraging positive interest and commitment to improving their own practises, we build the capacity of young conservationists within our organisation. This is the only way to ensure that theirs and future generations have the tools necessary to preserve our natural world, especially our forests,” said I.S. Shanmugaraj, Executive Director of MNS.
For more information about Malaysian Nature Society’s work, please visit MYForestWatch.com.my.
For more information about the forest governance project in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Papua New Guinea, please visit https://www.birdlife.org/forest-governance