The Tropical Biology Association (TBA) and the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership (SEARRP) have partnered with The Habitat to run a cutting-edge field-based training course to give a new generation of Malaysian and SE Asian conservation practitioners the skills and practical knowledge they require to become successful conservationists in their own countries.
The Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve is unique in that the biodiversity-rich landscape extends from lowland dipterocarp forest to the coastal zone of beaches and mangroves. As part of the biosphere, Penang National Park showcases wonderful examples of wetlands, mangroves, mudflats, coral reefs, and a unique sandy beach. This is home to an incredible array of natural habitats for thousands of plants and hundreds of animals, including many that are on the IUCN Red List. Some of the endemic and endangered species include the pangolin and slow loris. A sanctuary provides safe haven for sea turtles which nest on the beach all year round. This is also the only place in Malaysia that has a meromictic lake, composed of freshwater above and seawater below, each with its own amazing mini-ecosystem.
Structure of the course
The course follows the model of TBA’s incredibly successful field courses that take place in Danum Valley, Sabah, which have already had an impact on the careers of those who attended. The Habitat provides the perfect venue for an authentic Malaysian rainforest experience with the added benefit of having canopy walk-ways, trails, gardens as well as state of the art classroom teaching facilities.
The course will enable participants to:
- Experience different ecosystems, from native forest to wetlands and coastal mangrove
- Gain practical skills in rainforest ecology
- Explore ecosystem services and learn how people really benefit from the rainforest
- Discover the importance of urban biodiversity
- Find out how to have an impact on conservation and manage projects adaptively
- Practice communication and interpretation skills
- Learn the art of framing the conservation message to engage the public and stakeholders
- Design a project and develop conservation solutions
- Share what works in conservation with a review of successful case studies
Who is this course for?
We invite applications from SE Asian conservation scientists, managers who wish to improve their skills in applied ecological techniques, public outreach and engagement. Applicants are invited from non-governmental organisations, universities, research and conservation institutions and government research departments.
Eligible countries are from SE Asia only: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
The cost of the course, which includes food and accommodation as well as full tuition fees, is MYR 2,500.
Dates: 1 – 10 November 2019
Application deadline: 13 September 2019
Location: The Habitat, Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve, Penang, Malaysia