The Habitat Foundation is deeply committed to conserving biodiversity and natural environments. We work closely with government agencies, academic institutions, 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, the National Physical Plan, and the National Ecotourism Plan, among others. All 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 industry and the private sector.
THF Conservation Grants are awarded to projects and initiatives that are undertaking innovative and strategic work towards key conservation outcomes. In 2021, we are providing a grant to the Malaysian Nature Society to pilot an innovative project to develop a tree nursery with the Orang Asli of Kampung Chueweh in the Belum-Temengor Forest Landscape.
This conservation project aligns with our programmatic focus on the restoration of natural habitats which has been the focus of our 2020 Grants. In Royal Belum State Park, there is a project now ongoing to establish 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).