Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia

by Reef Check Malaysia
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Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia
Protect Coral Reefs in Malaysia

The Reef Check EcoDiver course trains scuba diver volunteers on conducting Reef Check surveys. Recently, we trained and certified 3 Sabah Park officers and 6 divers from local communities around Semporna as EcoDiver. With the completion of the course, they are now able to participate in our Reef Check surveys (and any other Reef Check surveys within the Indo-Pacific region) to collect data needed to assess the heath of coral reefs.

 

The Reef Check EcoDiver course combines education with action to give scuba diver volunteers a unique experience while taking an active role in conserving the world’s reefs. There are more than 200 permanent survey sites to be surveyed annually in Malaysia and each survey requires a team of 5 EcoDivers. There are only 4 staff in Reef Check Malaysia to cover all the survey sites. Training of volunteers and participation from these volunteers enable all permanent survey sites in Malaysia surveyed yearly and allow different stakeholders (government officers, local communities, NGOs) working together to combat the crises affecting our reefs. 

 

Thank you for your donation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us during the GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Campaign. With your support, we raised a total of $1,108 and will be able to continue our work in protecting coral reefs in Malaysia.

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In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases emissions into the atmosphere by business operators on islands in Malaysia, Green Fins and Green Hotel were introduced to them. Green Fins was introduced to dive operators on Perhentian, Redang, Lang Tengah, Tioman, Rawa, Sibu, Mabul, Mataking and Pom Pom islands, as well as dive operators at mainland Kota Kinabalu. Green Hotel was introduced to resort and chalet operators on Tioman Island.

 

Both Green Fins and Green Hotel approach encourage business operators to run their business in sustainable ways. Some of the Green Fins and Green Hotel criteria that act on climate change are:

 

  • Company segregates wastes and recycles
  • Company uses reusable containers and cutleries for meals
  • Company uses environmental friendly cleaning products
  • Company uses local products
  • Company conducts clean-ups
  • Company uses energy and water efficient technologies or techniques
  • Company provides environmental training for staff
  • Environmental education materials freely available for guests

 

Thank you very much once again for your donation and making this effort possible. From 19th to 23rd of April under the Climate Action campaign, for every donation that we receive there will be a 100% matching donation from GlobalGiving. We will be very grateful if you can donate to us during that period. Thank you very much.

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In an effort to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in municipal landfill, incinerator and burned openly by local communities, recycling programmes are actively carry out on Tioman and Mantanani Island. Landfill, incinerator and open burning emit greenhouse gases and contribute to climate impacts.

 

On Tioman Island, together with the local communities, we have set up 6 recycling collection centres, one on each village. Each centre is manage by a local villager. On Mantanani Island, there is one recycling collection centre to serve the small island. The centre on Mantanani Island is manage by our team together with the local community.

 

Recyclables such as plastic bottles, glass bottles, cans, metals and electrical wastes will be sent to these recycling centres. The recyclables will then be sent to recycling centre on mainland.

 

Some of the recyclables were upcycle on the island. On Tioman Island, glass bottles are crushed using glass crushing machine into fine sand to be used as construction materials. On Mantanani Island, HDPE and PP types of plastic are turn into fridge magnets handicrafts and single-use-plastic are turn into wallets and bracelets.

 

Thank you very much once again for your donation and making this effort possible. From 19th to 23rd of April under the Climate Action Campaign, for every donation that we receive there will be a 100% matching donation from GlobalGiving. We will be very grateful if you can donate to us during that period. Thank you very much.

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In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as part of climate solutions, community farming was introduced to communities on Mantanani Island.

 

A plot of fertile land, around 500m2, was secured for the project and seeds were given to the locals. Some of the vegetables and fruits planted are corns, cassavas, chilies, kai lan, long beans, kangkung, mulberries and bananas. In the future, other varieties of vegetables and fruits will be added. Locals are also encouraged to do small scale farming on land around their houses and seeds were also given to them.

 

It is hope that Mantanani Island can produce enough vegetables and fruits for local consumptions and has surplus to supply to resorts and restaurants on the island, stopping the need to import from mainland.

 

Thank you very much once again for your donation and making this effort possible. From 19th to 23rd  of April under the Climate Action campaign, for every donation that we receive there will be a 100% matching donation from GlobalGiving. We will be very grateful if you can donate to us during that period. Thank you very much.

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The economy of Mantanani Island depends solely on tourism. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the island’s economy is badly affected. Many resorts have cease operating due to lack of tourists, as a result Mantanani locals lost their source of income. To prevent the locals from heavily harvesting from the reefs for food, an economic recovery programme was introduced to them.

 

Abalone culture project was kicked start and Mantanani locals themselves manage the project:

- building and maintenance of abalone cage

- rearing and harvesting abalones

- marketing and selling abalones

 

The locals are now marketing and selling the abalones to mainland buyers. It is hope that when the Covid-19 pandemic has ended and tourism on Mantanani has recovered, the locals can market and sell the abalones to resorts, restaurants and homestays on the island.

 

Thank you for your donations, without which this project would not have been possible.

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Reef Check Malaysia

Location: Kuala Lumpur, WP - Malaysia
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Project Leader:
Theresa Ng
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Malaysia
$28,457 raised of $300,000 goal
 
437 donations
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