The Habitat Foundation is a charitable trust based in Penang, Malaysia. The organization was established to address our deep concerns about the loss of biodiversity and natural habitats in our region. The Foundation is the non-profit sister organization of The Habitat Penang Hill. The two organizations complement each other in the overall mission to connect people to the ancient rainforest on Penang Hill and raise environmental awareness, while actively supporting meaningful initiatives through the programmatic work of the Foundation.
The Foundation is contributing to innovative solutions to conserve biodiversity and protect the world’s natural heritage in close cooperation with government agencies, experts, NGOs, and community partners.
Our programmatic work which falls within these four pillars:-
Conservation – we support initiatives to safeguard biodiversity, reverse the loss and degradation of natural ecosystems, and advocate for the sustainable use of natural resources by working closely with government agencies, experts, NGOs, and community partners.
Research – we fund research in conservation biology and related fields in order to identify practical and actionable solutions to protect biodiversity and promote environmental sustainability. As a strategic centre for rainforest research in our region we provide a dynamic platform for interchange among scientists and conservationists.
Education – with The Habitat Penang Hill established as an acclaimed rainforest discovery centre, we aim to serve as a hub to raise the quality, reach, and impact of environmental education for schoolchildren. In addition, we support targeted programmes to enhance public environmental awareness and effective community engagement.
Sustainable Tourism – we are actively providing a working model of a circular economy in which the funds generated from protected areas are channeled into their effective management and conservation. Emphasis is also placed on empowering local communities to play a central role in conservation and to obtain benefits from participating in sustainable tourism.