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Tourism, are commonly not only entertaining but also educational purpose. Tourism also considerable contribution to national economy to certain countries, thus sometimes refer tourism as Flameless Industry.
Ecotourism also known as ecological tourism or responsible tourism. Ecotourism involves travel to pristine and protected areas, where flora, fauna and cultural heritage are the main attractions.
Of course, sometimes you have no choice. You have to take a plane to move from one continent to another, but seriously, there is no need to fly from London to Paris, or Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, as there are much greener, equally fast and more comfortable ways of moving around Europe, Asia and any other part of the world.
In 2004, KLIA became the first airport in the world to win the Green Globe 21 Certification, in line with the United Nations Conference on Environment & Development (UNCED) Agenda 21. Winning the Green Globe 21 Certification means this attractive airport is “committed to Sustainable Travel & Tourism through Control & Implementation of Environmental and Social Aspects.” Today, KLIA has won this certification for an unprecedented sixth year in a row, setting a global benchmark that an international aviation consultant has described as “the standard the rest of the world needs to come up to.”
KLIA has also been named "Best Airport In the World in its Class" more than once by the such organisations as IATA and Airports Council International, with judging criteria including customer satisfaction with environmental responsibility and eco-friendly operations.
Malaysia Airlines’ first domestic hub at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) is now operational with the maiden arrival of the company’s latest aircraft. “This new service provides us the opportunity to grow and expand to new destinations, adding to the rapidly developing opportunities in commerce and tourism in Sabah,” he said after the launching of the MAS Eastern Hub
The Tourism Ministry intends to use Kinabalu National Park as the benchmark for a quality rating system for other national parks. Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the rating would be a useful guide for foreign tourists and a way to improve the quality and management of parks.
The dirt track bends hard to the left over a drainage ditch in the rural village of Yucul in the central highlands of Nicaragua. The rutted road continues up a lush mountainside, past banana plants heavy with fruit and tree canopies inhabited by howler monkeys and sloths, to an outpost high in the rain forest. Carved out of the mountain 4,000 feet up, the setting offers spectacular views of the Dariense mountain range and the green valley far below.
- This is Finca Esperanza Verde, a unique experiment in ecotourism and local empowerment. Part organic coffee farm and part tourist lodge, the finca—Spanish for farm—has been spearheaded by a Unitarian Universalist couple with dreams of helping local Nicaraguans find profitable and sustainable ways to share their culture with visiting tourists.
Ecotourism Destinations in Malaysia such as Kuala Sepetang Recreational Forest - The best managed mangrove forest in the country. The pristine Royal Belum is nestled within the protected Belum Valley in Grik, new species of trees and insects have been discovered in this 117,500 hectare virgin rainforest, which is also one of the few places in Malaysia where you can see the rare Rafflesia. Taman Negara - one of the biggest Forest Reserve in Southeast Asia. Mount Kinabalu - standing majestically at a heightof 4,095m, is the highest peak in Southeast Asia.
East Malaysia, also known as Malaysian Borneo or simply Sabah and Sarawak, is the part of Malaysia located on the island of Borneo. The mighty rainforest of Borneo, the world's third largest island, is the only natural habitat for the Bornean Orangutan (Orang Utan).
Sabah is blessed with beautiful landscapes that never cease to amaze its visitors. Such as Mount Kinabalu, Orang Utan Sanctuary, Kinabalu Park and diving spots at Sipadan Island and Mabul Rahman park.
The Ulu Kinabatangan information centre and jetty serves as an important platform for the local community to take part in safeguarding the natural heritage of the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area, here.
The 30,000ha located right at the centre of Sabah, is a Class I Forest Reserve.
Dubbed the North Borneo Railway, the colonial-styled passenger train, powered by a Vulcan steam locomotive, chugged off from the Tanjung Aru station here to officially mark the relaunch of the state’s tourist rail service.
The refurbished locomotives, built by Vulcan Foundry Ltd in Britain and had plied Sabah’s railway lines since the 1880s, give passengers a feel of stepping back into the 1900s during the steam engine era.
Rhino Saved in dramatic rescue - The rhino, aged between 10 and 12 years and named Puntung, was first caught on Dec 18 in a joint operation by the department and the Borneo Rhino Alliance (Bora).
With an estimated 20 to 30 rhinos left in the wilds of Sabah, the capture and trans-location of Puntung gives conservationists another shot at breeding the species in captivity. It is hoped Puntung would mate with a lone captive male rhino, named Tam.
Climb Mt Kinabalu - Mt Kinabalu is one of the easiest peaks in the world to conquer. Climbing distance – 8.72 km (from Timpohon Gate at 1,886.4m – the official starting point). Total climbing hours – 7 ~ 10 depending on your fitness level. Only 2 ~ 3 days for an average climber to reach the peak and back to starting point.
More than stamina and endurance, the journey up Mount Kinabalu in Sabah is a test of mental strength.
Though it took him 20 hours to reach the peak of Mount Kinabalu, this writer can proudly say that he has succeeded in his quest to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Come Oct 22 to 23 Oct 2011, the 25th edition of the climbathon will be the final time that participants run the traditional 21km route up and down the 4,095m mountain. Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon is set to be even more challenging next year.
Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary is the World's largest Orang Utan Sanctuary, started in 1964 for rehabilitation of orphaned baby Orang Utans from logging-sites, plantations and illegal hunting, returning them to the wilds as soon as they are ready to be independent from human guardiance.
Located on the north-eastern coast of Borneo facing the Sulu Sea, Sandakan is home to the famous Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, Kinabatangan River and Sandakan War Memorial Park. With a population of about 500,000, comprising mostly indigenous people such as the Bajau, Orang Sungai, Bugis and Malay-Brunei, Sandakan used to be Sabah’s capital before World War II broke out.
Semporna may have the world’s highest marine bio-diversity. Mushroom corals lived freely on the sea bed, from the shallow reef flat to the sandy reef base. The expedition documented 43 mushroom coral species in Semporna.
Located off the east coast of Sabah of Borneo Island, at the heart of the Indo-pacific basin, its geographic position puts Sipadan in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world.
Renowned as one of the world's famous diving spots, Sipadan Island is the only Oceanic Island in Malaysia, which does not sit on any continental shelves. Rising 600 metres from the seabed, the island was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct vocanic cone that took thousands of years to develop.
Sabah will not increase its daily permits for diving at Sipadan island. The move to maintain a 120 daily dive permit quota is to ensure preservation of Sipadan’s environment. Sipadan is part of the Semporna marine area, which was only recently endorsed as the richest marine bio-diversity spot on Earth by a team of top scientists, remained a favourite tourist spot with a waiting list that stretches up to seven months.
Originally the acronym for Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, SCUBA is now a word iin its own. Scuba diving is a form of underwater sport in which a diver uses a scuba set (with compressed air tank) to breathe underwater with greater freedom of movement and stay underwater significantly longer than with the breath-holding techniques employed during snorkelling and free diving.
Snorkelling is considered more a leisure activity than a sport. You only need a mask, a snorkel and just the ability to swim and breathe through the snorkel. However, people are advised to obtain basic instruction to ensure their safety.
There are a multitude of beautiful dive sites in Malaysia to explore, and to create a definitive list is as challenging as exploring the entire ocean itself. However some locations are a staple of the seasoned diver in Malaysia, and it would be an injustice not to share them.
Sipadan is an 'untouched piece of art'...
Pulau Perhentian is an hour boat ride from the east coast of Malaysia...
The tropical waters of Tioman are slightly cooler than usual for Malaysian waters...
The Alice Channel - which is about 100 metres deep - connects Sipadan Island to Mataking Island...
The pristine realms of Puala Redang can be reached with direct flights from Subang Airport ...
For the sake of tourism revenue, let’s not damage “the richest marine biodiversity spot on earth” as endorsed by a 17-member team of top scientists recently. We must look at Sipadan and its marine environs as our greatest and most precious assets, not just for us but for the world at large.
Mabul Island is Part of Semporna marine area, became one of the popular diving sites for its shorter distance from Semporna and proximity to Sipadan Island.
It is a picturesque tropical paradise fringed by white sand and azure waters of the Celebes Sea.
The serenity of the Pom Pom Island Resort, a 45-minute boat ride from Semporna, Sabah, however, was shattered by gunshots early yesterday.
The resort, located a kilometre away from a General Operations Force (GOF) base, is about a 30-minute boat ride away from international waters bordering the Tawi Tawi islands off the Philippines.
Pom Pom Island Resort and Spa on the island of the same name is surrounded by the blue waters of the Celebes Sea. Just 45 minutes away from Semporna in Sabah, it is rich with vegetation and is home to Green and Hawksbill marine turtles.
The resort consists of several villas – Beach Front Villas, Garden View Villas and Water Villas – which were designed with traditional architecture and built amidst the island’s natural green environment. Equipped with facilities including a restaurant, bar and a spa, guests at the resort can also plan diving or snorkelling activities at its dive desk.
Semporna waters, off Sabah's east coast, could be a breeding ground for a very rare and endangered pygmy sperm whale. International experts are interested in conducting scientific studies after tourists and villagers rescued a 3.5m sperm whale that was stranded in shallow waters close to the famed Sipadan-Mabul islands on Wednesday.
Sabah has been certified as having the biggest and best-managed forests in the country.
The Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserves (241,098ha) and Tangkulap-Pinangah Forest Reserves (50,070ha) were recently certified as well-managed forests under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification scheme by the Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).
Sabah's bold decision to restrict the shark fin trade next year moved an individual so much that he decided to write a thank you letter, and got more than a dozen concerned Malaysians to put their signatures on it.
Anti-shark fin activists have been notching up many victories recently, with the revered Peninsula Hotel chain announcing last month that it would stop serving the dish from next year.
The casino, part of Las Vegas gaming magnate Sheldon Adelson’s portfolio, said the removal of shark fin dishes from its menus is a “bold testament to our commitment to reducing our environmental impact”.
Its huge expo and convention centre, which held over 70 trade shows last year, will also cease serving the dish.
Singapore is the world’s second largest shark fin trading territory after Hong Kong, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
The Philippines' largest airline Cebu Pacific said Wednesday it has ceased carrying shark fins, becoming the latest carrier to impose a ban as part of global conservation efforts.
"We are banning shark fin carriage effective immediately as we learned that unsustainable shark fishing and our carriage of shark fin is not aligned with (our) position on sustainable development," the airline said in a statement.
The diverse bio-diversity at the Kinabalu Park has enabled it to remain among the 911 World Heritage sites from 151 countries in the world. Of the 911 heritage sites, only 180, including the Kinabalu Park, were assessed for their natural environment, which was high in bio-diversity.
Sarawak is known as the Land of the Hornbills as the protected bird is the symbol of the state. It is the biggest state in Malaysia, 2/3 of the state is covered with tropical rainforest, thus it is rich in flora and fauna.
Bako National Park, the oldest park in Sarawak, was opened to the public in 1957. It takes about than an hour from Kuching town to get there. There were mangrove swamps along the way.
Semenggoh Wildlife Centre Is an innovative Orang Utan conservation program - Heart 2 Heart with Orang Utan is a one day program which gives articipants a closer look to behind the scene orangutan conservaton work.
BORNEO Highlands Resort, Kubah National Park, Semenggoh Nature Reserve and Bako-Buntal Bay are birding havens as they are home to more than half of all bird species found in Sarawak.
Segon Cave or Ta’ang Segon as it is popularly known to the locals was the earliest settlement of the Bidayuh Bisapug community, some 350 years ago.
Due to some reasons, the community later, moved down to Segon Cave and its surrounding area before they spread to live in the present four villages of the Bisapud Bidayuh, namely Kampung Simpok, Kampung Mundai, Kampung Sarig and Kampung Pesa, all in Padawan.
Borneo Convention Centre Wins 'Best Business Centres' Award. The rainforest-themed Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) project has won the MIPIM Asia Awards 2010 in the Best Business Centres category.
Wallace, who arrived in Sarawak at the invitation of Rajah Sir James Brooke on Nov 1, 1854, spent the next 15 months exploring and collecting an enormous 25,000 specimens, including 2,000 beetle species, 1,500 moth species and 1,500 other insect orders along the Sarawak River valley from Santubong to Bau as well as the peat swamps of Simunjan.
The National Land Council has set 155,000 hectares of forest allowed to be cut annually under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) compared to 170,000 hectares in the previous Plan period.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah said the annual allowable cut (AAC) was set at that to ensure proper and effective forestry management planning.
“This is to balance timber yields with the forest size in line with the concept of sustainable forest management and optimum timber production.”
A conservation and wildlife ambassador under Pulau Banding Foundation and Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation, Dayang believes she can help out in the state.
“We are discussing where and how I can help in the conservation of Sarawak's nature and wildlife. I don't mind doing something with agencies like Sarawak Tourism Board,” she said at a press conference here yesterday.
Carved from earth and used as part of rituals practised by the Iban and Lun Bawang communities, the 3,000-year-old effigies symbolise the enduring spirit of the crocodile.
The tropical amphibious reptile, it must be noted, outlived the dinosaurs that ruled the earth millions of years ago.
Malaysia is a hot-bed for the world’s rarest iconic natural attractions and serves as a tourist magnet. The country has attractive locations with vast potential for development as eco-tourism icons. Sabah and Sarawak were the country’s largest contributors to the eco-tourism industry in Malaysia.
Peninsular Malaysia also known as West Malaysia, formerly Malaya. Is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land border with Thailand in the north. To the south is the island of Singapore. Across the Strait of Malacca to the west lies the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Deemed one of the oldest rainforests in the world, Taman Negara has celebrated about 130 million birthdays. It is home to over 300 species of birds, 200 species of mammals and an estimated 10,000 species of plants.
A VISIT to an Orang Asli settlement is almost a must when at Taman Negara. In total, there are about 1,000 indigenous people living in this national park. Located at Jeram Panjang, a few kilometres upstream of the Tembeling River, the Batek clan inhabits the hills further up from the riverbank.
Residents and Department of Wildlife and National Parks officers helping a tapir out of a drain at a housing area in Kempadang Perdana, Kuantan.
Endau-Rompin National park covers the borders of Johor and Pahang, sprawling over an estimated area of 49,000 hectares. Endau-Rompin is also the home to a variety of insects, fish, birds, and big and small mammals. They include no less than 230 species of birds, 179 species of butterflies, 43 species of fish and all the great Malaysian mammals, like the Sumatra rhinoceros, tigers, elephants, mousedeer, deer and tapirs.
To get to Endau-Rompin National Park from Johor Bahru is via North-south Highway. Exit at Simpang Rengam, proceed to Kluang, and hence to Kahang - which is on the road to Mersing - Follow the signage and travel a further 7km to reach the main entry point to the park.
Kenyir Lake is the largest man-made lake in Asia. With about 340 islands and surrounded by 14 waterfalls, many rapids and rivers, Kenyir Lake is also home to numerous species of freshwater fish and exotic wildlife. The lake is rated as one of the best tourist attractions for natural lovers, fishing enthusiasts and photographers.
More than 300 competitors from 17 countries have confirmed participation for the Olympic distance event comprising 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run.
Kenyir Lake, the largest man-made lake in South-East Asia, has been officially declared a Duty Free Zone (DFZ). Kenyir, is blessed with 340 islands while being rich in flora and fauna, “The Terengganu government hopes the DFZ will act as an impetus for the growth of eco-tourism in the area,” he said.
Southeast Asia’s largest man-made attraction, the Kenyir lake, is blessed with 340 islands while being rich in flora and fauna and with a DFZ status, it will be another boon for the growth of eco-tourism of the area. The proposed development for Kenyir includes the construction of 300 hotels and chalets, a theme park, an orchid garden, a fruit orchard as well as bird and butterfly parks.
Fraser’s Hill is often been referred to as a premier birdwatching destination in this region, as some 275 species of birds are spotted during the migratory season. A total of 28 teams, armed with binoculars, took to hilly terrain over two days to spot and record species of birds found in this hill resort as part of the 23rd International Bird Race recently.
Belum-Temengor Tropical Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforest in the world and covers the area size of approximately 300,000 hectares, known for its rich bio-diversity, floral-fauna as well as numerous mammals’ species.
On its way to become a 'Leader in Destinations,' Belum Eco Resort is doing its best in incorporating responsible tourism principles into their operations and developing a sustainable practice at a destination that is environmentally fragile.
THE Perak Government is planning to form an awareness group, Rakan Royal Belum, to educate youngsters and schoolchildren on preserving and protecting the Royal Belum tropical rainforest.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said he had sought the assistance of non-governmental organisations like Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to help with the plan.
A petition with 82,715 signatures to save the Temenggor Forest Reserve has been handed over to the state government.
The campaign initiated by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) together with its partner The Body Shop Malaysia had collected the signatures for six months since April last year.
The Royal Belum State Park is part of the larger Belum-Temenggor forest, and its 117,500 hectares of land was given the Royal status in 2003. With an estimated 3,000 species of flora as well as an important habitat for mammals such as the endangered Sumatran rhinoceros and the Malayan tiger, the area is said to be the only real virgin forest remaining in the country. The Belum-Temenggor also boasts of being the only forest in Malaysia with all 10 species of Malaysian hornbills, and has three species of the infamously foul-smelling Rafflesia flower. But before arriving at this idyllic spot, one has to first endure the seven-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur to the Pulau Banding jetty, which serves as gateway to the forest complex.
Cameron Highlands was the 'heaven' for home-sick British residents during colonial era, and it is the most popular vacation destination amongst Malaysian as well as Singaporean today, for its cold climate and being the highest sea level townships - above 1,500 meters, accessible by car in Malaysia. Discovered by William Cameron, a government surveyor who, in 1885 explored the area by hacking a path up through dense jungle and came across, "A fine plateau shut in by mountains".
IT has been 43 years since Thai Silk King Jim Thompson went missing in the jungles of Cameron Highlands but the hills are still buzzing with tales of what could have happened to him.
Some of the theories on Thompson’s disappearance contain conspiracies fit for a spy movie, while others are too ludicrous to believe.
When the road from Tapah to Cameron Highlands was completed in 1931, the British and the locals moved in to settle on the slopes of the mountain. They were soon followed by tea planters and vegetable growers who found the fertile soil, good drainage and cool climate to be especially suitable for the growing of their crops.
Simpang Pulai to Cameron Highlands Road Map
Kota Bharu, Kelantan via Gua Musang and 2nd East-west Highway to Cameron Highlands road-map
Apart from the existing routes to Cameron Highlands such as Tapah and Simpang Pulai in Perak and Gua Musang in Kelantan, there is a new 80km-route from Sungai Koyan in Lipis. It makes the Highlands more accessible to tourists. More than two million tourists visit Cameron Highlands with peak seasons recorded during school and public holidays.
At Kuala Sepetang, you can explore the mangrove jungle and learn all about how charcoal is made.
Being flanked by forest on both sides of the road might not sound uncommon, but our day out at Kuala Sepetang in Perak felt special as we drove past rows of monotonous forest trees and entered Matang.
Daerah Kerteh in Kemaman was in the process of being gazetted as a Turtle Sanctuary Site, Terengganu state government was proposing to gazette more turtle landing areas as sanctuaries in a bid to increase their population.
Unesco has recognised the Lenggong Valley in Perak as a World Heritage Site,
Lenggong Valley in upper Perak is where the earliest human skeletal remains in the peninsula, the 11,000 year-old Perak man, was found in 1991. It is an important archaeological site where evidence of human settlement from the Palaeolithic age were found. Important archaeological sites include Kota Tampan, Bukit Jawa at Kampung Gelok and Kampung Temelong.
The historical sites of George Town and Malacca have finally been listed as World Heritage Sites. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) accorded the two cities the status yesterday when the Paris-based World Heritage Council met in Quebec, Canada.
The diverse bio-diversity at the Kinabalu Park has enabled it to remain among the 911 World Heritage sites from 151 countries in the world. Of the 911 heritage sites, only 180, including the Kinabalu Park, were assessed for their natural environment, which was high in bio-diversity.
Mulu had one of the most spectacular caving systems in the world, including the world’s largest underground chamber and the largest cave passage. Its geological formations were some 40 million years old.
The Sabah government is mulling the possibility of nominating Danum Valley in the east coast of Sabah as a World Heritage Site.
Danum Valley — regarded as the Lost World of Borneo — given its almost undisturbed tropical rainforest and abundance of biodiversity.
Malaysia is very keen to list Sabah’s Lost World, the Maliau Basin, as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Maliau Basin contained rare flora and fauna, including six types of pitcher plants and more than 80 species of orchids and endangered wildlife, from rhinoceros to the orang utan.
PERAK is seeking to list Kinta Valley, Lenggong Valley, Gua Tempurung and Royal Belum as Unesco world heritage sites.
PERAK was also trying to nominate Lenggong Valley as a world archaeological heritage site, Gua Tempurung as limestone heritage site and Royal Belum as the rainforest, jungle and biodiversity heritage site.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) has submitted a proposal to Unesco to list Lenggong Valley in Perak as a world archaeological heritage site. This is because the area has one of the oldest prehistoric settlements in the world,
The Ramsar site in Sabah covers the Trusan Kinabatangan, Kuala Segama-Maruap Mangrove Forest Reserve and the Kulamba Wildlife Forest Reserve located at the lower Kinabatangan-Segama, accounting for nearly 60% of the remaining mangrove forests in Malaysia.
SARAWAK has several potential sites to be designated as Ramsar sites including man-made structures like Bakun hydro-electric dam.
Wetlands designated as internationally important under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971) are commonly known as Ramsar sites.
Tourist Attractions Sabah Map
Major Events and Festivals Malaysia Calendar: Grand Finale - Tadau Kaamatan Celebration Penampang Sabah 30~31 May; Gawai Dayak Open House Celebration Sarawak 12 Jun; Sabah Dragon Boat Race Kota Kinabalu, Sabah 18~19 Jun; Rainforest World Music Festival Kuching Sarawak 8~10 Jul; Mt Kinabalu International Climbathon Kundasang Sabah 22~23 Oct; Ironman Malaysia Triathlon Langkawi, Kedah Feb; Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition - LIMA Langkawi, Kedah 6~10 Dec; Fabulous Food 1Malaysia - ASEAN Food Heritage Trail Throughout Malaysia 1~30 Nov.
The islands of Tioman and Langkawi top the list of the most searched travel destinations in Malaysia during 2011, according to Internet firm Yahoo Malaysia.
Malaysia has some great travel spots that lure both Malaysians and international travellers. It has an ideal combination of islands, highlands and rainforests that provide great get-away destinations for travel seekers.
Indigenous Malaysian Tribes
There are 18 Orang Asli tribes, categorised under three main groups, namely Negrito, Senoi and Proto-Malay.
DANAWAN is one of the bigger islands in the 9,300ha Semporna Marine Park in east Sabah, but it is not as well-known as neighbouring Sipadan or Mabul. Although located along the Ligitan reef complex which offers some of the best dive sites in the world, Danawan is not a tourist draw like those other islands. There are no resorts or beachside chalets on this 0.63sqkm island in the Celebes Sea.
An estimated 60% are illegal immigrants from Indonesia and the Philippines. Many were born on the island but have no idea about their origins.
Costa Rica is hard to beat as a destination for eco-tourism. For a little country in Central America that’s only 19,730 square miles, there’s definitely a lot to see and do there. Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’ in Spanish, which is the country’s official language.
Retire Here, Not There: Costa Rica frequently ranks at the top of lists on the happiest countries on earth (including in studies by researchers from Yale and Columbia universities and the New Economics Foundation, an independent think tank that focuses on economic change).
They considered the southern U.S. and Mexico, but ultimately opted for Costa Rica in part because of the natural beauty, the decent and affordable health care and the “friendly people.
Still, it’s no accident that Costa Rica has become one of Latin America’s most popular retirement locales.
the completion of the coastal highway, including new bridges, in 2010, really put the Southern Zone on the map. A journey that could take five to six hours from the airport, was cut to three.
You might think this all adds up to a recipe for overcrowding and over-development. But this stretch of coast remains an out of the way spot that draws fewer visitors and expats than the central and northern Pacific coasts. The region is still unspoiled...undeveloped. The natural beauty dominates. Visit any beach and you won't see more than a handful of people. Often you'll be the only one there.
Royal Belum Second World Ecotourism Conference (WEC2010). Despite the decline in the turnout, the 13th RWMF ( Rainforest World Music Festival ) from July 9 to 11 was still a success. About 7,000 people attended the concert on Saturday night. Permaculture is a combination of two words - permanent and culture. Money doesn’t always buy happiness. For some, living sustainably does. The Government plans to turn the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah here into a world-class facility which will also focus on eco-tourism.
THE Malaysian Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sabah will be further developed as an open zoo concept. It is one of the efforts to launch Malaysia as one of the world’s premium eco-tourism destinations.
SARAWAK will host another international musical event called “Rainforest International Rock Festival” or RIRF to be staged in Miri, sometime in October next year. The event, which would uphold the “rainforest” branding will be an improvised ambitious version of the current “Tree House Rock Concert” held annually at the Borneo Tropical Rainforest Resort (BTRR), about 35km from Miri along the Miri-Bintulu road.
GOPENG in Perak is fast becoming a major tourist destination with resorts and homestay programmes sprouting up in the past few years. The jungles and rivers near the town offer several attractions, including visits to rafflesia sites, orang asli settlements and durian farms, and white water rafting. The latest attraction is a 120ha gaharu (a type of heartwood) plantation which will be surrounded by an 8km-long wall that should remind visitors of the Great Wall of China.
“It is indeed an important event for our country to be hosting an international conference. It provides a platform where world leaders can share with us their successful tourism stories,” “We believe that by sharing the experiences with over 43 countries, it will help increase total world tourism. It is about creating opportunity,”
“There will be a lot of new islands created (once the water level at the Bakun Dam is raised), providing new potential for the people here to promote them to anglers and eco-tourists.
The low water level in the upper reaches of Rajang River due to the impoundment of Bakun Dam has taken its toll on tourism here. Where there used to be two to four tourists visiting Belaga almost every day, there had been none over the past four weeks. This was because express boats from Kapit that normally ferried tourists to Belaga had stopped operating since the impoundment on Oct 13 caused the water level to drop by more than 4m.
Palazzo Park Hotel Residences - The first luxury beachfront hotel and condominium resort in Costa Rica to be built with the latest green building techniques, including the country’s largest greenroof at 40,000 square feet.
Permaculture is a combination of two words - permanent and culture. It is the science of using natural functions to create an environment that is sustainable in all its functions and in every way.
Despite the decline in the turnout, the 13th RWMF ( Rainforest World Music Festival ) from July 9 to 11 was still a success. About 7,000 people attended the concert on Saturday night. RWMF is a unique festival that brings together renowned world musicians from all continents.
The second World Ecotourism Conference couldn’t have made a better choice of its namesake than the pristine Royal Belum State Park. Held for three days last week at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the conference was officially called the Royal Belum Second World Ecotourism Conference (WEC2010).
The main destinations for eco-tourism include the Mulu Caves in Sarawak, Belum in Perak, Gunung Stong in Kelantan and Gua Kelam in Perlis. Mulu Caves has the world’s largest cave chamber and the world’s most extensive cave system while Belum is famous for its rich bio-diversity hosting more than 100 species of mammals.
The Government plans to turn the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah here into a world-class facility which will also focus on eco-tourism.
A Laos’ ecotourism web page was chosen from among four nominees as the winner of the Ecotourism Spotlight Award for the third time in row. The Award should draw attention to the best practices in online ecotourism promotion.
The Tourism Ministry is focusing on making Kuala Lumpur a hub for art tourism in a bid to attract more affluent visitors to the country.
Malaysia was ranked ninth in the world in terms of tourist arrivals in last year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation Report. Nexus Karambunai, a renowned resort in Sabah, had committed to developing an integrated RM3bil eco-nature resort, the first in the world, by leveraging on its natural beauty and uniqueness.
We are positioning Malaysian art as a tourism product. We encourage tourists to visit the country not only because of food, beaches or shopping but admire homegrown art pieces,” said Ng Yen Yen
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity
Located at the northern parts of Lake Temengor, in northern Perak, Peninsular Malaysia, a vast area of virgin jungle known as the Royal Belum State Park. The area is one of the largest untouched forest reserves in Peninsular Malaysia. The park is internationally recognised for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna including Malayan Tiger, Malayan Tapir, the world's biggest flower - Rafflesia...
Pulau Banding Rainforest Research Centre is to provide facilities for research work on the Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex. Introduce and educate visitors on the flora and fauna the complex rainforest ecosystem. To ensure a sustainable development adhering to the guidelines set out in the Pulau Banding Charter.
Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve is large expanse of Mangrove Forest covering 50,511 ha in area, stretching from Kuala Gula in the north to Pengkalan Baharu in the south of Perak, Peninsular Malaysia. Renowned as amongst the best managed mangrove ecosystem in the world.
SOME 100 employees of ExxonMobil subsidiaries in Malaysia spent an evening recently planting 1,000 mangrove saplings along a coastal stretch in Kampung Balak in Port Dickson to create awareness on the importance of a healthy mangrove ecosystem among the local community.
THE Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) recently celebrated its first research station, located in Pasoh Forest Reserve, Negri Sembilan.
FRIM is the largest man-made forest in the world. Since 1962, pioneer foresters and scientists have nurtured the forest back to life from abandoned tin mining pits, and we now have over 2,500 plant species.
FRIM PHOTO CONTEST 2011 - The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) invites photographers and photo enthusiasts, professionals as well as amateurs, to join its Photography Competition this year themed “FRIM Tapak Warisan Semula Jadi”.
THE Kuala Langat South Peat Swamp Forest issue is heating up with various parties hitting out at the state government for its non-action on the matter.
There are still wildlife in the reserve and a hasty conversion to agriculture will lead to the extinction of many species. Peat Swamps were able to store a lot more carbon than other types of forest in the decaying vegetation that builds up as peat. “Unlike dry land forests, peat land continuously accumulate and store carbon.
MNS notes that scientists from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia doing research in Kuala Langat South found that the forest was extremely rich in species, with a high potential for finding insect and animal species that have never before been recorded in Malaysia and some which were entirely new to science. Scientific expeditions in recent weeks further produced evidence of the presence of sunbears and panthers in the Kuala Langat South Forest Reserve.
Bario is in an area officially designated the Heart of Borneo, a new kind of conservation zone launched in 2007 to help protect the island's forest, one of the largest after the Amazon jungle. Unlike other national parks and conservation areas, where logging and other activities are restricted by law, the Heart of Borneo is essentially a voluntary protection zone, in which environmentalists and government officials have formally pledged to work together to better manage an area roughly the size of Utah. Its borders were drawn in consultation with the World Wildlife Fund, and its management doesn't yet involve major new legal protections for the forest.
The database she is developing is a modified version of the DNA profiling systems used in human forensics, except that her's revolves around a valuable species of hardwood tree, Cengal, which is one of the most expensive timbers in Malaysia.
THE Perak Forestry Department should identify a suitable forest reserve in Pangkor to create a botanical garden for tourism and research purposes, such a garden would encourage more tourists to visit the state which would benefit the local communities.
Sabah is fast emerging as a key tropical forest research centre, with three of the state’s key pristine conservation areas now attracting international scientists. Other research efforts included the role of logged forests and forests within agriculture plantations in supporting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and the changing climate of South East Asia and its likely impact on forest systems.
A 22.26ha site in Puchong has been gazetted as a forest reserve. Selangor has declared that the area shall be a permanent forest reserve known as Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve (Extension).
The Forestry Department is alarmed over the rape of a forest reserve in Lenggong where trees have been illegally felled for their quality timber worth about half a million ringgit. The activity, deep in the Bintang Hijau Forest Reserve, is believed to have gone on for the past six months.
A massive development is taking place on a site in Section 11, Kota Damansara, which may be within the Kota Damansara Forest Reserve gazetted in February.
“FruitPlast” converted tropical fruit waste into flour which was then fabricated into biodegradable plastic film. As the process used low-cost technology, it was more cost effective than biodegradable plastic made from sugar cane or corn husks.
the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems project - the largest ecological experiment of its kind ever established.
the SAFE project was to help protect rainforest ecosystems and conserve the biodiversity they support within the context of agricultural production in Malaysia.
South-East Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP) will coordinate and manage research aimed at understanding the impacts of forest modification (conversion of forests into oil palm plantations) on biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and provision of ecosystem services.
The Body Shop, MNS team up to protect rainforest.
IN keeping with its values of protecting the planet, The Body Shop has successfully run its Kick The Bag campaign for over three years, collecting over RM700,000 for charities, and most importantly, saved some 1.4 million paper bags.
Endangered wildlife such as the sun bear, tapir and white-handed gibbon also find a home in Langat South. The Selangor pygmy flying squirrel (Petaurillus kinlochii) has only ever been found in the lowland forest of Kuala Langat, Klang and Kapar, but it is uncertain if the species still exist in Langat South since no one has bothered to look for it.
As the forest disappears, so do its inhabitants. We lost a rare tree species, Croton macrocarpus, so far found only at the Telok forest reserve near Klang, when the whole peat swamp forest was cultivated.
Recognised as one of 12 countries blessed with mega biodiversity, Malaysia has difficulty securing its remaining wildlife.
In the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, Malaysia has the world’s third highest number of plants and animals threatened with extinction. The list warns of the disappearance of the tiger, sambar deer, rhinoceros, elephant, tapir, sun bear, orangutan, pangolin, hawksbill and leatherback turtles, among others, if business-as-usual continues.
WHAT is a forest? For many of us, it would mean virgin forests, full of soaring trees and wild flora and fauna. But for the many international bodies and treaties found in the world, a forest can be that and many other things.
Various conventions such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and bodies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and International Tropical Timber Organisation, all define the term “forests” differently.
We are losing our natural forests to tree plantations yet on paper, all is well because these plantations are considered ‘forests’.
MOST of the wood-based products which we use in our daily life, be it paper or wooden furniture, are made from materials which have been sourced from forest plantations.
Not the real thing: Forest plantations are nothing like biologically-rich natural forests and therefore should not be deemed as forests.
TOURISTS will have another reason to visit Port Dickson when the 1,300ha Sungai Menyala lowland forest park opens its doors to the public next month.
The park, believed to be one-of-its-kind in this part of the country, is also an “eco-edutourism” centre — apart from promoting eco-tourism activities — it also doubles up as a research centre for those who wish to know more about tropical forests.
IGEM 2013 Themed, "Advancing Green Growth and Global Entrepreneurship", the objective is focused on eight sectors including development, transportation, information communication technology, water and waste management, and energy.
The four-day IGEM 2013, which began yesterday, is participated by 469 exhibitors from 23 countries including the European Union, Germany, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan and Singapore.
GLOBALwarming is an issue that has received much media attention in recent times because of the threat that it poses to Mother Nature and mankind.
In keeping with the Eco theme of the Malibu and the Cruze models, Chevrolet introduced a new ecological label which will appear first on the 2012 Chevy Sonic, and on other Chevy models thereafter.
GTOWER Hotel takes its commitment to being green seriously. Being housed within Malaysia’s first green and smart building helps in upholding the four tenets of environmental sustainability - Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Sabah is set to intensify its green effort and bring more value to its conservation efforts in the state.
The effort, which is envisioned in the “Heart of Borneo” initiative, was mooted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in recognition of the importance of the island of Borneo and its biodiversity.
If you can reduce your company’s annual carbon footprint by at least 11 tons and save money, would you?
The "Walking City: Kyoto" general traffic strategy was formulated in January 2010. By promoting the creation of a city that facilitates walking instead of driving, where pedestrians and public transportation are given priority, it encourages the conversion of Kyoto from being a car-centric city and society into a more pedestrian-oriented one.
Retail outlets that typically use 68 million disposable bags per quarter handed out 11 million bags in the first quarter of this year and fewer than 13 million bags in the second quarter, according to the district's Office of Tax and Revenue. That may help explain why volunteers for the city's annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup day in mid-April pulled 66% fewer plastic bags from the Anacostia River than they did last year.
Penang mulling over No-car Zone
November 2, 2010
More can be done to raise awareness of the 3Rs among Malaysians
Solar energy is clean, environmentally friendly and has zero emissions. There is no depletion of natural resources and it is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world.
On the average, a bungalow is able to produce about 1,000 kWh of electricity per month (based on 10kW installed PV capacity). Given this, the owner may earn about RM1,200 per month (based on FiT rate RM1.20 per kWh if the PV system is commissioned by 2012) and recoup his investment within eight to nine years.
Nature, parks and gardens have always been a tourist attraction. Tourists go all around the world to look at parks and gardens and Malaysia has so much to offer in terms of tropical plants.
The Secret Garden, a paradise for gardeners and plant lovers, has 500 species of plants from all around the world, including tropical and temperate plants.
WORLD leaders pondering the conundrum of climate change should think of bamboo. Cheap, fast-growing and immensely strong, bamboo provides an answer to surging carbon emissions, generates income for the rural poor and helps tackle housing shortages.
It is illogical to see population as the cause of hunger – China has only half the crop land per person that India has, yet many more people in India are starving than in China.
The United Nations predicts that the number of the world’s peoples will plateau at 9 billion around 2050 before slowly starting to fall. And there are more than enough resources to feed the world even then. The problem is inequality: one American, on average, consumes as many resources as 250 Ethiopians.
Did you know that 1,500 plastic bottles are used every second in the United States? Or that it requires 17 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles each year? According to the EPA, 32 million tons of plastic waste were generated in 2011 alone. Despite recycling programs, 40 billion plastic bottles end up in a landfill, where they sit for approximately 700 years before they decompose.
The water footprint is an indicator of water use that includes both direct and indirect water use of a consumer or producer. It's defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed.
It is mind-boggling to see that half the total revenue in the water industry flows down the drain due to high non-revenue water (NRW).
As it is just an estimated amount of loss, the outcome of the study clearly shows that our water industry is struggling to overcome the NRW issue, especially for those which have not migrated to the new licensing regime.
The flooding of South-East Asia’s largest dam, the Bakun Dam, in Belaga district has begun. The impoundment of the 205m high dam, the second highest concrete-rock filled dam in the world, started before 8am yesterday and by 10am, the massive gates of the diversion tunnels were closed.
The Orang Ulu of Balui are now turning to eco-tourism in the Bakun Dam region.
THE 101-door longhouse in Uma Belor was eerily silent as all lights in the hallway had been switched off, leaving only flickering flames from the candles held by eight Kenyah women.
Bengoh Dam project is a water supply regulating dam to provide raw water to Batu Kitang water treatment plant here and will be operational by early 2012.
95% of Americans rate water as “extremely important”, more than any other service they receive including electricity and heat, and nearly two-thirds are willing to pay more to ensure long-term access to clean water.
A PROPER association needs to be set up in Penang so that beach activities can be licensed and regulated just like what has been done in Pulau Langkawi and Pangkor.
A US environmental group has found that drinking water in 35 American cities contains hexavalent chromium, a probable carcinogen. Hexavalent chromium has long been known to cause lung cancer when inhaled, and scientists recently found evidence that it causes cancer in laboratory animals when ingested.
THE proposed Kuala Lumpur Outer Ring Road (KLORR) project, which has come under fire from environmental groups for cutting through the ecologically fragile Selangor State Park, could also impact the water supply in the state. A highway would Open The Door to huge amounts of pollutants to flow into the water catchment area.
A highway collects a lot of pollutants from vehicles and this will definitely find its way to waterways. These are not ordinary pollutants and they cannot be removed from water easily. Some of it can be carcinogenic.
Perak is set to have its first ever environment-friendly mini-hydro plant to generate electricity. Technology that uses streaming water current, which was in line with the state’s stance to support and adopt the National Green Technology Policy.
Mekong River rises on the Tibetan Plateau as the Lancang and flows southwest through Yunnan Province. It flows southeast and forms the border of Burma and Laos. It also defines the Laos-Thailand border for some 850 kilometres. It crosses into Cambodia then enters Vietnam, where it divides into nine channels and forms the Mekong Delta. And finally flows into South China Sea.
ASEAN is working with the Asian Development Bank to build a highway crossing the Indochinese Peninsula from the Vietnamese city of Da Nang on the South China Sea coast to Myanmar's port city of Mawlamyaing facing the Indian Ocean. When completed, this highway will dramatically improve the efficiency of transporting goods manufactured within ASEAN to Europe and the Middle East, since they will no longer have to go through the Strait of Malacca, long a bottleneck for Chinese exporters.
March 22, is the 18th International World Water Day. This year’s theme, “Water for cities – responding to the urban challenge”, could not have been more timely in the context of how Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya will come to grips with the challenge of urban water management due to increasing demand for safe and clean drinking water as a result of rapid growth in urban migration and population.
Malaysia, with an annual rainfall of 300cm, should not have a problem with water.
The fact that we may be facing a water shortage in the near future inspite of frequent floods in our cities during heavy deluge should provide the an idea of how we can utilise the water run-off.
German Studies Uncover Insects as Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Traditional Meat Protein Sources-
Food shortages are an unfortunate reality all over the world and growing to become an exacerbating concern in locations like Southeast Asia. The inhabitants of this region have had to endure perpetual meat price increases due to lack of supply and are turning now toward insects as a source of nourishment.
Cooked bugs have been a gastronomic delight among Thai people, especially those in the North and Northeast, for more than a century. Incredibly, there are around 200 types of edible insects in the Kingdom. Interestingly, two dozen of them are habitually consumed by both country folk and urbanites alike.
Bug-eaters in the old days didn't even know insects were nutritious. They ate them solely because they're addictively tasty, they taste like shrimp, especially grasshoppers. The only thing that makes a grasshopper different from a shrimp is that they can fly.
U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try,
From beetles to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries eat insects.
A report released Monday by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reminds us that there are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth, hundreds of which are already part of the diet in many countries.
Many insects are packed with protein, fiber, good fats, and vital minerals—as much or more than many other food sources.
Sustainable and nutritious, it's time insects were seen as another source of protein. The problem is how to make them desirable.
In south-east Asia, insects are an important part of the daily diet for millions of people. Crickets, cockroaches and other bugs and grubs are sold across the region by roadside vendors and in smart restaurants. They are harvested commercially and by home producers, providing vital income for struggling farmers.
A group of experts endorse bugs as a nutritious and sustainable food source.
in Botswana and Zimbabwe, insect gathering is becoming commercialized. And rural villagers in southern Africa harvest caterpillars from the local mopane trees. Traditionally, mopane caterpillars have been an important source of protein for the villagers, but more recently they have also been packaged and sold as a regional delicacy.
the livestock sector “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems
Ophiocordyceps Sinensis has a long history in Traditional Chinese medicine as well as Traditional Tibetan medicine. The hand-collected fungus-caterpillar combination is valued by herbalists, it is used as an aphrodisiac and treatment for ailments such as fatigue and cancer, although such use is mainly based on traditional Chinese medicine and anecdote.
O. Sinensis is known in the West as a Medicinal Mushroom, was unaware of Ophiocordyceps prior to 1993. It was then dramatically caught the world's eye due to the performance of three female Chinese athletes, Wang Junxia, Qu Yunxia, and Zhang Linli. Who broke five world records for 1,500, 3,000 and 10,000 meter dashes at the National Games in Beijing.
Also, recent research seems to indicate a variety of beneficial effects in animal testing, including increased physical endurance through heightened ATP production in rats.
people can be sceptical when presented about how meat consumption should be reduced to tackle global warming. And you must be wondering why eating meat could cause damage to our Mother Earth.
You may have already heard that eating too much meat is linked to a slew of health problems, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Since meat is high in saturated fat and cholesterol and low in fiber, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise that excess meat is bad for you. But there are also many other less-obvious health benefits that come with cutting meat out of your diet.
Since meat is associated with protein, it is thought that athletes need to eat meat in order to stay in shape. However, there are plenty of vegetarian athletes who consistently prove this misconception wrong. Just look at the likes of baseball player Prince Fielder, NFL player Ricky Williams, and ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier. Not only are they able to stay in shape on a meatless diet, but they can also experience a slew of benefits which help them stay healthy for their sport.
I understood that by merely making the choice to not eat meat and dairy, I could contribute to helping animals suffer less. I knew that rainforest land was used by large corporations for animals to graze, and did not want to contribute to environmental degradation. I also found I felt healthier, more energetic, and alive when I didn't eat meat or dairy products."
Really, I think, it is the combination of a healthy lifestyle, training, and racing that will improve a person's performance above all. Being aware of the suffering of factory farm animals, environmental issues, and ones health is a smart way to live. I think this consciousness is important in racing. Having a clear conscious, and a positive mindset, helps you find power, strength, and peace within yourself."
Patrik was a little surprised to win the award this year, but accepted it gladly, saying “I have great respect for what all the other vegan athletes out there do to show the possibilities and advantages of a vegan lifestyle and I am just honored to be one of those who represent a compassionate way towards physical excellence. We are the game-changers!”
The idea that you can help save the environment by refraining from eating meat is relatively new.
But, as before, ethical and health concerns also play a role in the popularity of veganism. People doing without meat in their diets is on the increase.
Veganism & the Environmentby the Numbers:
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food.
It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat Only 25 gallons for 1 pound of wheat
You would save more water by Not-eating 1 pound of meat than you would by Not-taking shower for 6 months.
A Vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs Meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day.
Animals eat Large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats and corn; however, they only produce a comparatively small amount of meat, dairy products, or eggs in return.
70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals.
Mongolia’s nomads have roamed its sprawling grasslands for centuries, pitching their yurts wherever they find pasture for their animals, but now Tsogtsaikhan Orgodol is staying put as part of a scheme to tackle chronic overgrazing.
The number of livestock has exploded to more than 40 million. This goes beyond the limits of what is reasonable, even for Mongolia, which is a vast country. 70% of Mongolia’s grassland – which makes up almost four-fifths of the country – is now “degraded”.
But herders who cannot command high prices resort to selling large quantities instead, There is indeed overgrazing, especially in the production of cashmere. The problem is that Mongolia exports wool in the form of raw material, particularly to China, so the value-added happens somewhere else. That requires them to produce a lot. If wool were sold more expensively, they would need fewer animals.
Several studies on our meats like chicken (both imported and local), beef, mutton and frozen burgers have found an alarmingly high incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in them.
In 2005, the USFDA withdrew approval of fluoroquinolones used in poultry (currently used in Malaysia) as this class of antibiotics causes resistant Campylobacter in poultry which are transferred to humans and may cause fluoraquinolone resistant Campylobacter infections to develop in humans.
Livestock Farm Practices Scheme (SALT) which is to ensure that farms practising Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP) produce safe and wholesome food of good quality, in sustainable and environmentally friendly conditions.
Yet more than half of the domestic chicken harvested from the SALT certified farm in the DVS study were resistant to three classes of antibiotics i.e. ampicillin, sulphonamide and tetracycline.
Many nutritional and cardiovascular experts are saying that butter may not be as bad as once suspected; some even say a little butter could be good in the diet. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is moving to ban trans fats altogether.
Wildlife habitat in Malaysia include the endangered Malayan Tiger, Tapir, Orang Utan and many more...
Wildlife can be found in all ecosystems. Deserts, rain forests, plains, and other areas including the most developed urban sites, all have distinct forms of wildlife. While the term in popular culture usually refers to animals that are untouched by human factors, most scientists agree that wildlife around the world is impacted by human activities.
Thai police have arrested two men in connection with smuggling the carcasses of two tigers and two leopards from Malaysia.
Smuggled from Malaysia through Sadao in Songkhla, the carcasses were destined for the China market, via Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Malayan Tiger found only in the Malay Peninsula, was recognized in 2004 as the ninth sub-species. The Malayan Tiger having the third largest tiger population amonst the subspecies, after Bengal tiger and the Indochinese tiger. It's estimated to be 600 ~ 800 in the wild.
A tiger crossing may exist in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex in Perak, tigers and elephants needed a large area to find resources. “It probably wasn't the first time the tiger crossed the road. But we want to know why it did so”. There are an estimated 500 wild tigers left in the peninsula.
Just 3,200 tigers now roam free, down from 100,000 a century ago, and those that remain face a losing battle with poachers who supply traders in India and China with tiger parts for traditional medicines and purported aphrodisiacs. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, China's premier Wen Jiabao and other world leaders will hold an unprecedented summit next week in a last ditch effort to save the tiger from extinction.
The photograph of the two Malayan tigers captured in the Temengor Forest Reserve in Perak also won an additional US$1,000 (RM3,100) in the Best Animal Portrait category.
There are only 3,200 wild tigers left worldwide. We used to have 3,000 wild tigers in the 1950s and we’re left with 500 now in Malaysia.
POACHERS have slaughtered as many as 55 tigers in Malaysia over the past decade, according to a new report by wildlife trade monitoring group, TRAFFIC. With wild Malayan tigers believed to number fewer than 500, the news has raised fears that the big cat is inching closer towards extinction in Malaysia.
Since 1895, the King of the Jungle has been a national inspiration; its majestic figures gracing coat-of-arms and institutional crests, leaving an indelible mark on the nation s identity. Representing strength and courage, the Panthera tigris, or Tigers, are a stoic embodiment of Malaysia s progress into the country that she is today.
The tiger is a totally protected species under the Protection of Wild Life Act 1973, and commercial trade is prohibited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). However, poaching and illegal trading remains one of the most urgent threats for the Malayan tiger.
With less than 500 Malayan tigers in the wild, we might lose our tigers to extinction in our lifetime unless more Malaysians join the fight to save them. One of the most encouraging outcomes for our tigers recently was the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan (NTCAP), a strategy in mainstreaming the conservation of tigers in Malaysia. The first being protection of core tiger habitat complexes that include Belum State Park in the north, Taman Negara National Park in the central region and the Endau Rompin National Park in the south of Peninsula.
Because tigers are poised at the top of the food chain, if we can maintain healthy tiger populations in Asia’s wild lands, we can ensure that there are healthy habitats and prey populations present to support them. Tigers need extensive, intact landscapes and act as an umbrella species — by saving tigers you save other plants and animals that share their range.
ACTRESS Sazzy Falak (pix), won the hearts of tiger lovers and was announced as the Tx2 Tiger Ambassador for WWF-Malaysia. The Tiger Show: Hunt for the Tx2 Tiger Ambassador was part of the Tx2 tiger conservation campaign that was launched in February 2010 with the aim of doubling the number of wild tigers in Malaysia and the world by the next Year of the Tiger (2022).
Bangkok's zoo has unveiled new arrivals to its white Bengal tiger family - a pair of white-and-black striped cubs named "One" and "Two."
Siberian tigers are one of the world's rarest species. An estimated 300 are left in the wild, but more than 5,000 are held on farms and wildlife parks across China.
Though the Year of the Tiger may be ending, the future of tigers looks bright with plans to establish a Tiger Valley in Lancang, Pahang. “There are initial plans to create a Tiger Valley where the tigers will be kept in a more suitable natural environment,”
Powerful. Deadly. Stunningly beautiful. Endangered. All this defines the big cat species that often dominate the ecosystems in which they are found. The big cats are revered predators that face an epic battle for survival be it in the wilds of the African plains or the thick dense jungles of Asia.
It is ironic for the department to conduct seizures at poorly run zoos and badly managed animal facilities while continuously issuing permits for new animal establishments in, of all places, cafe outlets.
A colourful, spindly-legged toad that was believed to be extinct has been rediscovered in the forests of Borneo. Scientists from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) found three of the missing long-legged Borneo rainbow toads up a tree during a night time search.
THE Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation will release a pair of orang utan onto an uninhabited island in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, near Taiping, as part of a programme to reintroduce the primates to the wild.
The proposed orang utan sanctuary in Kuala Lumpur seems like a fake commitment, a marketing hype just to show that something is being done but it does not address the core issue. We need a 50-year plan, not one for just five years. Eco-tourism is about sustainability, not a quick fix.
SAM would like to high-light the golbally publicised news on the planned release of orang utans into BJ Island, which is seperated from Bukit Merah Laketown Resort in Taiping, Perak, for breeding and subsequent release into the Belum Forest in Grik, Perak. Orang Utan sanctuary in Kuala Lumpur would be a big success, as it would leave a "lasting impression on visitors in line with the Government's intention to make eco-tourism a more prominent sector"
The orang utan, which means people of the forest, is our closest relative. It has a DNA which is almost 98% of that of a human being. Only two percent separate us from these highly-intelligent creatures who have the capacity to feel the same emotions as a human being – pain, joy or sorrow. The female orang utan are amongst the most protective mammals in the animal kingdom, who will give up their lives to protect their young.
Orang Utan Island in Bukit Merah Laketown Resort was set up in 2000, the facility near Taiping, Perak, now hosts 26 orang utans, 16 of which were born there through breeding between five males and six females loaned from Sarawak.
Despite an orang utan park at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort near Taiping, Perak already exist. The Klang Valley wants its very own orang utan sanctuary.
But leading orang utan scientists in the country and conservation groups are not at all happy with the idea. As the plan is ill-conceived and lacks ecological reasoning.
Shedding light on fireflies - MALAYSIA is the only country to have developed a monitoring programme for fireflies and the programme has been carried out monthly since 2006 in the ecotourism destination of Kuala Selangor.
THE firefly sanctuary at Kampung Kuantan in Selangor has become a protected area after its 1,104ha land was gazetted as restricted zone by the Selangor government, to keep the attraction alive.
MNS and the local community at Kg Dew successfully organized The 1st Firefly Festival in Malaysia at Kg Dew, Taiping, Perak on Sunday, 24 July 2011. The event went well with interest being generated on the site as a good location for viewing of fireflies in Perak and the importance of conserving the mangroves especially the berembang trees so that the firefly colony and other fauna continue to flourish.
The operator of Jong’s Crocodile Farm and Zoo, the first and largest captive breeding crocodile farm in Malaysia.
Like other cold-blooded reptiles, crocodiles stacked together when getting heat from the sun to keep their body temperatures warm to stay in the water at night, Jong explained. It was normal to see juvenile crocodiles of one to two feet long stacking together to get heat, he added.
The recent discovery of widespread coral bleaching off Sepanggar Bay should serve as a reminder that the marine ecosystem demands attention, said Universiti Malaysia Sabah Director of Borneo Marine Research Institute Prof Dr Saleem Mustafa.
This Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition (SMEE) will assess marine biodiversity and coral reef health in the Semporna Priority Conservation Area, which is recognised as a globally outstanding area in the Sulu-Sulawesi marine eco-region.
Sharks survival is under serious threat from fishing and other human activities. Shark fin soup is a status symbol in Asian countries, and is considered healthy and full of nutrients. Sharks are also killed for meat.
Shark sanctuaries should be created in waters off Sabah to conserve its depleting population.
Shark population in Sabah waters had dwindled drastically over the years, with unofficial figures claiming 98% of the state's sharks have vanished since 1996.
The number of sharks being caught in fishing nets around Sabah has fallen significantly over the past few years. The sharks reaching the Kota Kinabalu central market were probably caught by outsiders who specifically go after the fish for its fins.
State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said they were working on the dates to impose a ban on the shark harvesting. The state government is hoping to implement the ban by year end.
Shark fin soup is compulsory at these eight-course dinners and no Malaysian host would go without it..
But more and more young Malaysians are now saying no to shark fin soup in line with the campaign to prevent the killing of sharks for their fins.
Enough is enough when it involves the senseless killing of sharks just for their fins, which are quite tasteless by the way.
The comment “Screw the divers” – an apparent reference to diving enthusiasts campaigning against the shark’s fin trade – appeared on the Facebook page of Thern Da Seafood.
The post drew much criticism and went viral on the social networking site and Twitter. Many who commented called for a boycott of both the supplier and FairPrice.
Although dolphins are rarely seen in this part of the region, lately there have been frequent sightings of these mammals off Port Klang, Pulau Kelang and Westport.
The dolphin species seen in Malaysian waters are the Indo-Pacific humpback, Indo-Pacific Bottlenose, Irrawaddy, Long-beaked common and Spinner dolphins.
Many, including overseas buyers, regard the Malaysian golden arowana as a good luck charm and symbol of prosperity.
The popularity of the breed hit the roof in the Year of the Dragon. “Since the species is also known as the dragon fish, many want to have it in their houses for luck and prosperity"
Understanding the role of bees in agriculture, environment and in the people's lives, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is on a mission to save bees from extinction.
Excessive use of pesticides and weed killers is one reason for the dwindling number of bee nests in his area. Lack of knowledge on bees was another reason for the extinction of bees.
What happens when bees stop making honey… No bees means no pollinisation, which means the disappearance of certain plant species, which in turn means the disappearance of certain animal species…
Honeybees contribute at least $44 billion a year to the U.S. economy pollinating crops like apples, almonds, avocados, blueberries, broccoli, cherries, cranberries, grapes, peaches, plums, tomatoes, just to name a few; alfalfa and clover for the beef and dairy industries; cotton for our clothes; medicines and 200 million pounds of honey.
Many blue-chip corporations depend on the honeybees for their products including General Mills, Haagen Daz ice cream, Starbucks coffee and Clorox's Burt's Bees, a speciality personal care company with more than 150 products.
In the Northern Hemisphere, it's springtime. And thoughts naturally turn to the birds and the bees. Except, of course, this year — when the bee seems to be in trouble. You've probably heard about colony collapse disorder (CCD) or vanishing bee syndrome, the mysterious and rather dramatic die-off of domesticated honeybees in Europe and North America. Scientists aren't really sure what's going on yet. All that's known for sure is our bee colonies are suddenly disappearing. Affected bees simply leave the hive and don't come back, making diagnosis of the problem even more difficult.
In some areas, losses of honeybees are reported to be as high as 75 percent. The situation means a lot more than high honey prices: bees are primary pollinators in both the human and animal food chains.
DURIAN farmer Chang Teik Seng switched to organic fertilisers after noticing that honeybees were staying away from his 200-odd trees in Balik Pulau, Penang.
Besides pollination, bees are “proof” that the durian is safe, tasty and free of chemicals.
Ladybird is the most sought-after force in biological pest control. Famous for her control of aphids, Ladybird will also consume large numbers of whitefly, mealybugs, scales, mites and many other soft-bodied insects.
Dung Beetle feeds on faeces excreted from both herbivores and carnivores - he is literally nature's janitors. As you can imagine, he is immensely useful in a number of situations.
Ants may be annoying pests to have crawling around the houses, but outdoors, these tiny critters play a big role in creating a stable ecosystem. For starters, ant nests in the soil allow air to circulate in the ground, which is beneficial to the soil and plant roots.
They may be tiny and have no limbs, but we humans can take a page or two out of their book. Their life's purpose is to clean and enrich their living space - the soil.
Frog is due some respect - he plays a vital role in pest control, thereby preventing illnesses (like malaria, encephalitis and other diseases carried by inserts) that we are susceptible to. If you think that's no big deal, understand that his voracious appetite enables him to eat more than his weight.
Instead of spreading the word, Hornbill spreads seeds and helps to keep the circle of life in lush rainforests going. He also strikes up relationship with other spechies.
The Elephant's foraging activities may seem detructive, but this act of pulling down trees to eat the leaves help to create clearings for new young trees and other vegetation to grow. Not only that, he also helps regenerate the forest by spreading the seeds of many species through his faeces.
A wild elephant that has been roaming around a palm oil plantation and destroying crops belonging to villagers in Felda Mayam and Felda Purun near here for several years was finally captured by the elephant unit of the Pahang Wildlife and National Parks Department.
Sea Anemone may book like he's doing nothing but hanging around the coral reef looking pretty, but he does have important tasks in his surrounding ecosystem.
Dolphin doesn't discriminate. It is his nature to help out any creature in need. He offers his help in treating depression in human beings at some therapeutic centres.
Since 2006, more than 3,200ha of the forested area nearby have been cleared for oil palm plantations as part of the state’s anti-poverty programme called Ladang Rakyat or People’s Plantation. But there was no planning for the relocation of wildlife. While smaller fauna perished, bigger games like elephants and tigers were left to roam the forest fringes in search of food.
Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has laid a trap to nab the animal which had been preying on the livestock in Kampung Bukit Bertam in Batu Kurau near here recently.
"We are not sure if it is a panther as it had never been sighted before but due to the danger to the community, we laid a trap using a goat as bait a few days ago."
The Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 has been fully enforced in the peninsula and Labuan as of yesterday.
The Act, which was passed by Parliament in August, has a wider scope and jurisdiction in the protection of more wildlife species and activities related to wildlife.
Anson Wong, which many have mistakenly dubbed "The Lizard King" after the book by Bryan Christy (the book refers to another dealer in the US, not Wong), was arrested at KL International Airport in August after an alert Malaysia Airlines security officer spotted a bag with a broken lock on the carousel for a Jakarta-bound flight.
Rafflesia is one of the most prominent icons for conservation efforts in Malaysia. Especially in in the forest around Temengor lake in northern Perak of Peninsular Malaysia. In the Royal Belum State Park, most of the Rafflesia sites are safe because of restricted access by the public. But, it is exposed to threats from wanton vandalism or illegal collectors, in the Temengor area.
Two new species of the Rafflesia may have been discovered in the Lata Jarum forests in Ulu Dong here. The flowers found in the peninsula are usually about 10cm but this specie measured 14cm in diameter, the diaphragm is the hole in the centre of the Rafflesia where insects enter and collect pollen from the anther.
Cengal, kind of hardwood, Scientific name Neobalanocarpus Helmii, commonly found in Peninsular and East Malaysia rainforest. It is listed as one of the endangered species by IUCN - the International Union for Conservation of Nature, since 2002. Due to excessively chopped down for high demand in timber industry.
Cengal Besar is known as the largest Cengal tree in Peninsular Malaysia found thus far. Estimated to be approximately 1,300 years old, 65 metres high and 16.75 metres of trunk diameter. Location: Pasir Raja Forest Reserve, Trenggenu.
Malacca state government is seeking feedback from ornithologists, birdwatch groups and nature enthusiasts to turn a migratory bird site here into an eco-tourism park.
Last year, a number of species of migratory birds had turned an abandoned 3.2ha padi field at Jalan Keretapi Lama in Kampung Pengkalan into a resting area. “Malacca will now have its own exclusive site to woo local and foreign birdwatchers.
Officials say talks in 2011 will try to fill in the details of many of those plans, including greenhouse gas cuts meant to help avert ever more floods, heatwaves, droughts and rising sea levels predicted by the U.N. panel of climate experts.
The biggest unsolved issue is finding a successor to the U.N.'s Kyoto Protocol, which obliges almost 40 developed nations to cut greenhouse emissions by at least 5.2 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 during the period 2008-12.
For the first time ever, developed and developing countries acknowledged their responsibility to curb emissions of greenhouse gasses and agreed on the goal of limiting global temperature rise to below 2C. And, for the first time ever, countries made large pledges to finance mitigation and adaptation efforts: US$30bil over the next three years for fast-start financing, and US$100bil per year by 2020.
Canada will formally withdraw from the Kyoto protocol on climate change, a government official told Reuters on Monday, making it the first nation to pull out of the global treaty.
Wilmar International Ltd, the world’s largest palm oil trader, plans to cut ties with Indonesian suppliers that clear land with illegal fires after blazes engulfed Singapore in a record haze.
Wilmar, which bans burning on its own plantations, relies on third parties for more than 90% of the crude palm oil for its refineries
Responsible Tourism is a term that places emphasis on the responsibility of the traveller to be respectful of the host country..., Sustainable Tourism is a way of managing tourism activities in order to avoid exceeding the carrying capacity of the local communities and natural or historic resources.