The Habitat Foundation is deeply committed to the cause of conserving biodiversity and natural environments. We work in close cooperation with government agencies, experts, conservation practitioners, and partners in the community to bridge important gaps in preserving areas of conservation significance and protecting threatened species. Our conservation work focuses on science-based, pragmatic, strategic and timely interventions for measurable conservation impact.
In this work we are guided by the goals set in the United Nation’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, more commonly known as the Aichi Targets, as well as national policies such as Malaysia’s National Policy on Biological Diversity. Both these plans emphasize how preserving biodiversity benefits humanity and underline the need for new and greater levels of participation in biodiversity conservation interventions from all levels of society – from local communities and community-based organizations to industries and the private sector. We aim to provide strategic support towards advancing these efforts.
A routine night survey involving nocturnal mammal researchers and bat researchers during the Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 has produced an important funding. Researchers based at USM’s School of Biological Sciences, Priscillia Miard and Lee Sim Lim stumbled upon an unusual ultrasound call when out looking for insectivorous bats. This call was distinctly different from the …
Malaysian biodiversity gained some deserving publicity as details of exciting findings were covered by the local and international media. The captivating images of rainforest species, some of which are new to science, have kindled new interest and regard for the biodiversity in our backyard.
The Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017 greatly benefitted from the participation of so many subject specialists whose fields ranged from microscopic fungi in the earth, to plant and animal species of the forest canopy. The Habitat Foundation provided research grants to support their participation
In October 2017, The Habitat Foundation supported the Penang Hill BioBlitz which involved more than 117 scientists and researchers from local as well as international institutions. The findings have helped enlighten us on the species richness of these forests and enlivened interest among the general public about rainforest research.