Urban Biodiversity Initiative (UBI) is on a mission to raise awareness of how private and public green spaces are important refuges for native wildlife, including many species that make invaluable contributions to ecosystems and even food production. Through their online workshops, they are making an impact by enlisting the public’s participation in a movement to ‘rewild’ our urban landscape and transform the urban landscape to one that continues to support native species.
In July, UBI ran online workshops on urban farming, butterfly gardens, biodiversity gardening and bee gardens for their Biodiversity Gardens Capacity Building Online Workshop Series. Now they are back with round two. Be sure the catch the free webinars which will livestream on Facebook.
Join Chan Zi Xiang of Langit Collective as he discusses how we can better conserve soil and the significance this has for food quality and security; Adam Kamal of Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) as he examines ways to conserve and reintroduce native trees in the city; Jo Leen Yap of Langur Project Penang as she shares the key concepts and principles of citizen science and how it can contribute to conservation; and Affan Nasaruddin of UM Water Warriors as he explains the importance of drains, small ponds and wetlands as well as ways to monitor and conserve them.
This online workshop series, organized with the Kota Damansara Community Forest Society and with funding from The Habitat Foundation and the UNDP GEF Small Grants Program, aims to develop knowledge and skills among urban communities that want to conserve, improve and manage green spaces in the city.
Chan Zi Xiang co-founded Langit Collective, a social enterprise that aims to bridge the gap between urban and rural economies. He is Langit’s Chief Fincancial Officer and also handles community engagement and field operations.
Trained as an actuary, he left his corporate career to venture into developmental work in the rural interiors of Borneo. His years of working on the ground with indigenous communities formed his firm belief that the way forward for rural indigenous communities is through revaluing their unique heirloom agricultural products. By leveraging on indigenous wisdom, knowledge and culture of environmental stewardship, he is currently charting an adapted regenerative farming method with the Lun Bawang community of Long Semadoh.
How can we design urban landscapes around native trees? Many of the trees found in urban landscapes are chosen based on their survivorship or aesthetic qualities. By reintroducing native trees, we can not only bring back some of the original identity of our urban areas and but also help address the loss of native biodiversity. These efforts can also supply seed stock to perpetuate forest species. Curious? Join Adam Kamal from TRCRC to brush up on your tree ecology knowledge and history of landscape planning in Malaysia before delving into some of the issues and possible solutions to introducing lowland forest species in urban areas.
If you are an architect, surveyor, landscape designer, horticulturist, dendrologist, conservationist or interested community member, this workshop should be of interest to you. Be part of this conversation and the rewilding movement!
Adam Kamal is a Conservation Biologist by training and is currently working as a Project Consultant at Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC). Adam graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, concentrating on vertebrate and vascular plant ecology and evolution. He is passionate about outdoor recreation and finding viable solutions to the biodiversity crisis. His interest lies in rewilding degraded ecosystems and bringing functional forest ecosystems into urban environments.
How can we contribute directly to conservation? Can laypeople help shape scientific research? A common misconception is that only experts can conduct scientific research. With proper guidance, however, citizen scientists can help address two major limiting factors in research—time and workforce. Join Jo Leen Yap from Langur Project Penang (LPP) to find out how to start and successfully manage a citizen science project from a student perspective or become involved in one. LPP is a model of what can be achieved when everyday citizens and trained scientists collaborate for conservation. Learn more about the types of research and conservation work LPP does and how you can volunteer for them or use it as a template for a citizen science project.
If you are an environmental educator, researcher, student or community member interested in conservation, this workshop should be of interest to you.
Jo Leen Yap is a wildlife researcher and environmental educator studying the ecology and behaviour of dusky langurs (Trachypithecus obscurus) in Penang, Malaysia. She is the founder and head of Langur Project Penang (LPP), a community science project on primate research and conservation. Jo Leen and her team actively engage with local communities to promote coexistence between humans and animals. She is the first Malaysian to receive the Environmental Educators 30 under 30 (EE 30U30) Award in 2018, and initiated the installation of Malaysia’s first urban arboreal crossing in 2019 to enhance connectivity for threatened wildlife crossing busy urban roads. LPP was featured in the BBC Earth Series, ‘Primates’ in May 2020.
While we often think of forests and gardens as vital refuges for biodiversity, we tend to underestimate the importance of small water bodies and their role in supporting freshwater biodiversity. As part of our initiative to make urban landscapes more hospitable to nature, this webinar will provide useful insights and a fresh appreciation of drains, ponds and urban wetlands!
Join Affan Nasaruddin from UM Water Warriors to understand how freshwater environments can enliven recreational spaces, assist with climate adaptation and flood mitigation, and provide places for biodiversity to flourish. This workshop would be of special interest to environmental educators, researchers, students, community members and community-based organizations.
Affan Nasaruddin is a co-founder of UM Water Warriors. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Department of Geology, University of Malaya and has a Masters in Environmental Management from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His interest lies in the restoration of natural water bodies, sustainable innovation, and environmental education. He is currently researching place-based citizen science for Sungai Klang and Sungai Selangor river basins and co-manages Rumah No.2, Universiti Malaya as an environmental education space. Together with his wife, Asiah and a community group of Mukim Pasangan, he also co-founded Inspirasi Kawa, a youth environmental club in Kuala Selangor.
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