Although news of the pandemic dominates our lives, we are mindful that the loss of biodiversity and degradation of natural ecosystems is still the most significant threat to humanity and our planet. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. For this reason, The Habitat Foundation is answering the rallying call of The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration for the protection and revival of ecosystems. We are standing firm in our commitment to support research & conservation, strategic collaborations, training and capacity building, and education and community programmes.
Today, we are pleased to announce the recipients of THF Grants for 2021. These grants will augment our thematic focus on advancing new approaches to habitat restoration, and nurturing the inclusion of local people in effective protected area management.
We continue to push into new knowledge frontiers to better understand the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity, and to understand the true impact of plastics on nature, and ultimately, public health. THF is continuing to invest in understanding the biodiversity and ecology of the rainforest of proposed Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve to further demonstrate its value as a site for nature and sustainability research as a part of the UNESCO Man & the Biosphere Network, and to create opportunities for training in conjunction with local tertiary institutions and government partners.
This year, we introduce our new small grants for Sustainable Tourism, which recognise the close links between ecotourism and conservation, and the value of enhancing the meaningful participation of the local community. We look forward to working with all our grant recipients and to sharing their impact with you over the coming year.
Sustainable Tourism Grant
Thank you for your support of The Habitat Penang Hill and The Habitat Foundation. We are committed to ensuring that all our efforts are going toward making a difference!