What is it About?
The Wildlife Conservation forum will present a diversity of dialogue with various conservation-based organisations from around Malaysia. We want to attract the youth and professionals to participate in this forum, to use Society for Conservation Biology-Malaysia as a platform to engage with one another, and be inspired to act for wildlife and biodiversity. In this forum there will be four speakers who are currently working in and for wildlife conservation and they will be sharing their personal stories, challenges faced, sources of motivation and aspirations. Come and listen, and embark on a journey with us from the forest to the seas!
When and Where?
Date: 12th October 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 11am – 1pm
Venue: White Box, Publika
Who Are The Speakers?
Bam Arrogancia, Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia (GPSM)
Ghaneshwaran Balachandra, The Wild Naturalist
Title of Talk: Expedition: Snowman.
Serene Chng, TRAFFIC
Serene Chng is a Programme Officer with TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia and has one of the toughest jobs – recording wildlife in trade in many of the region’s most notorius markets from Indonesia to the farthest reachers of Southeast Asia where it meets China. A prolific author and a lifelong conservationist who’s brought many emerging wildlife trafficking issues to light, she also oversees much of the organisations monitoring of the digital market where every imaginable species can be traded at the click of button.
Topic of Talk: My Job is Depressing, But I Love It: Why We Work on Wildlife Trade.
Come learn why she remains motivated and determined despite the grim nature of conservation work she does and why its critical to keep working on wildlife trade issues.
Dr. Nur Hazwani Abdul Bahar, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC)
Topic of Talk: TROPICAL RAINFOREST CONSERVATION FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental challenges the world faces. In Malaysia, logging, agriculture, palm oil and development have all contributed to increased forest fragmentation and species loss. Approximately 80% of Malaysian rainforests are dominated by the Dipterocarpacaeae family of trees, of which 93 species are considered threatened in Malaysia.
Dipterocarps have a unique biology and a slow reproductive cycle. Seeds are produced during mast fruiting events which occur every 5-7 years, and the seeds are ‘recalcitrant’ – their high-water content makes them unsuitable for storage (e.g. in a seed bank), and thus must be germinated. Recalcitrant seeds rescued from forest fragments can be planted out with seeds from different parents to create a living collection of trees that can reproduce perpetually. Seeds from the living collection could then serve future reforestation projects.
Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) was established in 2012 by the Hon. Tun Jeanne Abdullah to restore tropical rainforests and address the critical rate of biodiversity loss in Malaysia. TRCRC’s Mission is two-fold: to preserve tropical rainforest plant species and lead landscape-wide protection and reforestation projects throughout the country.
TRCRC plans to reconnect forest fragments through the reforestation of degraded patches using native trees sourced from nurseries as well as seedlings from rescued threatened plants. It serves two important national conservation policies: ex-situ conservation for the preservation of plant species and genetic diversity under the National Biodiversity plan, and the Heart of Borneo and Central Forest Spine initiatives, to support Malaysia’s commitments towards conservation.
Sebastian Szereday, Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW)
Topic of talk:
The 21st century has been tagged as the age of a ‘global coral reef crisis’ due to an ongoing array of issues and threats on coral reefs worldwide. The talk `Reefs of hope: local management in a global crisis’ seeks to address a young audience and future conservation scientists to point towards solutions, to deliver a positive outlook and to encourage active participation by university students, graduates and the greater public. The speaker will factually argue based on evidence from 3 years of fieldwork around Lang Tengah Island (Terengganu, Malaysia), why a reversion of the negative decline is possible and will illustrate why local coral reef management is the first and foremost priority in tackling a global crisis, with an emphasis on multi-lateral partnership between tourism, scientists and NGOs to steer the tide in favour of coral reefs.