WWF-MALAYSIA RECEIVES RM52,500 FROM MWCF FOR TIGER AND TURTLE CONSERVATION WORK

12 Jul 2013 11:19

PETALING JAYA, July 10 (Bernama) -- WWF-Malaysia has recevied RM52,500 in funding from the Malaysian Wildlife Conservation Foundation (MWCF) for its conservation work on tigers and sea turtles for a period of one year until June 2014.

A statement from WWF-Malaysia today said that conservation work on the tigers would be through community engagement such as a workshop on wildlife hunting, educational talks and training which would be carried out in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex (BTFC).

Under the National Tiger Action Plan for Malaysia, the BTFC is recognised as one of three priority sites for tiger conservation in Peninsular Malaysia, and is considered to be one of the strongholds for tigers, believed to be supporting at least 10 per cent of the estimated 500 tigers in the country.

For the turtles, the fund will be used to facilitate a two-day awareness campaign around Terengganu in conjunction with the World Sea Turtle Day (WSTD) 2014, where WWF-Malaysia will be working with several partners to enhance public participation in the learning experience about turtles.

"WWF-Malaysia appreciates the funding as it will go a long way towards the work we are doing on the two iconic endangered species in this country," said WWF-Malaysia executive director and CEO, Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma.

"Conservation can only work if people care. Thus, local communities, with greater awareness on conservation issues, can help protect flagship species and reduce the loss of biodiversity within their area," he added.

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