We actively support and seek out initiatives in the following areas with the aim of contributing to the conservation of biodiversity.
The Habitat Foundation, supports researchers that are undertaking relevant and timely studies of species and natural ecosystems.
We are deeply committed to conserving biodiversity and natural environments in close cooperation with government agencies, experts, conservation practitioners, and community partners.
Responsible travel to natural areas can be an effective approach to achieving conservation and improving local livelihoods and wellbeing.
Education and Community Engagement
Our education programmes seek to capture the imagination of the young and enlist the wider public in actions to protect the environment and help conserve biodiversity.
Environmental Education Workshop to enable leading EE practitioners to learn and share innovative new tools for developing effective and impactful programmes.
Video editor and producer Melissa Salpietra and irrepressible host Haley Nelson produced daily coverage of the surveys for subscribers of JASON Learning who followed the coverage from classrooms all over the world.
Students aged 12 to 18 years from all over the world are encouraged to participate to this year’s competition with the theme: “Conserving our Precious Wildlife: Primates – a Global Perspective”.
The Habitat Foundation is helping to fund the Penang Government’s bid to nominate the forests of Penang Hill and adjacent protected areas as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. In addition to providing recognition for its outstanding biodiversity values and the diverse social landscape of this area, a UNESCO listing would provide a foundation for an ongoing quest to seek balance and sustainability in the interactions between human society and the natural environment.
A routine night survey involving nocturnal mammal researchers and bat researchers during the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 has produced an important funding. Researchers based at USM’s School of Biological Sciences, Priscillia Miard and Lee Sim Lim stumbled upon an unusual ultrasound call when out looking for insectivorous bats. This call was distinctly different from the …
Malaysian biodiversity gained some deserving publicity as details of exciting findings were covered by the local and international media. The captivating images of rainforest species, some of which are new to science, have kindled new interest and regard for the biodiversity in our backyard.
The Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 greatly benefitted from the participation of so many subject specialists whose fields ranged from microscopic fungi in the earth, to plant and animal species of the forest canopy. The Habitat Foundation provided research grants to support their participation
In October 2017, The Habitat Foundation supported the Penang Hill BioBlitz which involved more than 117 scientists and researchers from local as well as international institutions. The findings have helped enlighten us on the species richness of these forests and enlivened interest among the general public about rainforest research.
The 1st Penang Hill Festival 21-29 July 2018
This month we celebrate the inaugural Penang Hill Festival where the entire Penang Hill community is involved in showcasing the unique historical, natural, and cultural heritage of the oldest hill station in Malaysia. The Habitat Penang Hill and The Habitat Foundation are closely involved in many of the special activities and events organized in conjunction with the Festival! Be sure to check out the exciting programmes throughout the week and especially on the final two days. You can get the latest Festival programme here!
Be sure to check out the special exhibition of the nomination of the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere site. The exhibition is on display all throughout the Festival at the Astaka Square.
Learn about the fascinating reptiles and amphibians of Penang Hill at this Habitalk and Walk! Join us for this Habitalk and learn about the amazing herpetofauna of Penang Hill! After the talk, there is an opportunity to go on a "Muin-walk" along the Summit Road to seek out interesting species! Register early to avoid disappointment at firstname.lastname@example.org
The hills and the coast of Penang have always been important to Penang’s communities. The Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve which encompasses these natural areas are a vital green lung to Penang Island; they provide valuable ecosystem services, spaces for recreation, and support the local economy. The nomination of the Penang Hill UNESCO Man and the …
Dr Saw Leng Guan is an expert on Malaysia’s floristic heritage and a national treasure in his own right. He has had a long and distinguished career as a botanist with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). He is the author of the Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak, and the Flora of Peninsular Malaysia. Dr Saw is a …
Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 10.30 am My Forest Watch, Strengthening Non-State Actor Involvement in Forest Governance : Balu Perumal is Head of Conservation at the Malaysian Nature Society. He Joins us from KL to talk about MyForestWatch, a new initiative to strengthen community involvement in forest advocacy and protection of important wildlife habitats. His …
Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 1.00 pm Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017: A Model For Canopy Science & Global Conservation Dr Meg Lowman returns to The Habitat Penang Hill to share some of the highlights from the Penang Hill BioBlitz which took place in October 2017. Dr Meg is an acclaimed biologist, author, and passionate ambassador …
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