The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration which runs from 2021 to 2030 is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It is our last chance to halt the degradation of ecosystems and restore them. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
The Habitat Foundation is responding to this call by supporting initiatives to restore forest in Malaysia. In Royal Belum State Park, we are funding the establishment of in-situ native tree nurseries by the Jahai community. This work is being led by Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC) with the active involvement of Perak State Parks Corporation (PSPC).
In October 2019, during the mast fruiting event, the Orang Asli team collected and processed approximately 18,000 seeds from 22 species. These, and other seeds, have been germinated in special seed beds and are now growing at the TRCRC nursery in Banun. Other seedlings are now being nurtured at the new nursery in Kampung Klewang.
Once the trees are ready to be replanted, they are purchased from the community. This programme will provide households an opportunity to earn additional income. The nurseries will continue to generate a steady source of native trees to be replanted in adjacent Forest Reserves to help restore connectivity in the Central Forest Spine.
HOW YOU CAN BE PART OF THE INITIATIVE
1 Give a gift that gives twice
You can support nature restoration when you buy gifts for your loved ones! Beginning in December 2020, for every RM100 spent at The Habitat Gift Shop, The Habitat Foundation will add RM10 to The Habitat Restoration Initiative. You can visit our shop on Penang Hill or our online store.
2 Contribute directly to the Fund
It is also possible to contribute directly to The Habitat Restoration Initiative. We are also supporting ongoing habitat restoration efforts in the mangroves of Penang and Pahang, the Belum-Temenggor forest area, and are adding more sites all the time. Do email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can expand and sustain these efforts!
You can also support this initiative with your time. From time to time we will be announcing habitat restoration activities that the public can participate in. These will be subject to Movement Control Orders, so please do look out for announcements on our social media channels.
4 Rewild and restore
The call to restore nature is one of the most critical calls of our generation. Everyone has a role to play, but some may have the potential to do much more. If you are a landowner and are interested in making a commitment to the planet by rewilding your land to better support natural biodiversity and mitigate climate change, you too can be part of Generation Restoration! We are actively involved in creating a network of individuals and organizations that are currently engaged in these efforts and are keen to meet others that share this vision! Please contact us at email@example.com