The Habitat Foundation is dedicated to supporting the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems upon which we all depend. It programme of work falls within these five 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.
Sustainability – with The Habitat Penang Hill we seek to demonstrate a working model of sustainable financing for a protected area in which the funds generated from the effective management of this nature discovery gateway can generate jobs, and fund maintenance and curation of a world class visitor attraction.
Within our sustainability pillar we are keen to explore and support all elements where mindset shifts, new policies and approaches, creativity and innovation are needed to ensure the wise use of natural resources and reduce human impact on the planet.
Training – We are committed to building capacity and supporting talent among the new generation of scientists, practitioners, policymakers and community organizers through facilitating strategic training and exchanges and providing travel grants for locals to participate in international meetings and workshops. In partnership with regional leaders in rainforest research we also facilitate specialized training for conservation leaders and changemakers working on the frontlines throughout Southeast Asia.