Friday, May 10, 2013

Educating the young about the ecosystem of Sabah wetlands

The Sabah Wetland Conservation Society (SWCS) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Malaysian arm of the Canada-based company, Talisman Energy Inc, to jointly carry out a campaign to promote awareness on mangrove conservation among the younger generation.

The event was held at Teluk Likas in conjunction with World Earth Day celebration and the Talisman-sponsored “Handcrafting from Mangrove Project” that involved over 250 secondary school students in and around Kota Kinabalu organized by SWCS.

It was officiated by Director of Sabah Wildlife Department, Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu, representing the Permanent Secretary to the Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Michael Emban.

The partnership with the international upstream oil and gas company will support the society’s effort to conserve mangrove forests in the State.

The wetland conservation society will receive funding from Talisman Malaysia Limited (TML) for two projects, namely Paper Making and Clothes Dying.

The Mangrove project exposed young pupils and students in Sabah to the mangrove and the wetland ecosystem.

“Talisman will provide the funding and our role is to ensure that the projects are fully implemented.

We want the students to be actively involved and to see the importance of the mangrove forest and how we can conserve it while at the same time utilize the wetland sustainably for economic benefits,” the president of SWCS , Zaini Aucasa said.