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.
In order to promote evidence-based decision making in addressing threats to biodiversity and environment there is a need for more field-based scientific knowledge. The Habitat Foundation, supports researchers that are undertaking relevant and timely studies of species and natural ecosystems.
We are proud to be founded in Malaysia, one of the world’s 17 megadiversity countries and aim to support the government in its efforts to model best practice and leadership in the areas of biodiversity conservation, ecotourism, and protected area management.
We also acknowledge the rich diversity of Traditional Ethnobotanical Knowledge among the different ethnic communities of Malaysia as well as community-based natural resource management practices that have been handed over generations in traditional communities. These could also hold valuable insights to sustainable living and are worthy of further study. The Foundation aims to support initiatives to advance our systems for knowledge sharing and encouraging interaction and exchange.
In 2018, The Habitat Foundation research grants were awarded to three recipients – Jo Leen Yap of Langur Project Penang, Priscillia Miard of Night Spotting Project and Dr Sheema Abdul Aziz of Rimba for Project Pteropus. You can read more about their research and conservation initiatives here.
The Penang Hill BioBlitz 2017
In October 2017, The Habitat Penang Hill and The Habitat Foundation funded the Penang Hill BioBlitz which was an unprecedented whole-forest survey involving a teaming up of scientists and researchers from both local and international research institutions. The BioBlitz demonstrated that the Penang Hill forest harbours a diversity of rainforest species despite is proximity to urban populations, and confirmed the area’s importance as a centre for biodiversity and conservation research.
Findings from the BioBlitz 2017 have been an important component of the ongoing initiative to nominate the Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme.