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. Protected areas have a tremendous role in protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services however unless they can generate economic activity and the resources for effective management, they will be vulnerable to pressures for other forms of land use.
Responsible travel to natural areas can be an effective approach to achieving conservation and improving local livelihoods and well-being. Our beautiful coasts, coral reefs and islands, forest and streams, as well as remarkable flora and fauna are a natural draw to those seeking recreation and new experiences.
The Foundation is committed to developing thoughtfully-crafted collaborations with local communities and key agencies in order to develop ecotourism systems that provide sustainable sources of income to improve people’s lives while upholding the irreplaceable conservation values present within these areas.
In 2018, under our Sustainable Tourism pillar we provided a micro-grant to the Taman Negara Bird Group in Kuala Tahan, Pahang for its annual 2018 Bird Count and are funding the building of sustainable forest trail loop to Gunung Perlis in partnership with the Perlis Forestry Department.
Beyond the focus on strengthening protected areas, within our sustainability pillar we are also 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.