The University of Nottingham (UNM) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) MALAYSIA signed an MoU on 21 August 2019. UNM has world-leading researchers working to improve the conservation of Malaysia’s natural ecosystems and to develop more sustainable forms of socio-economic development. To achieve these goals it works in partnership with government and non-governmental agencies, as well as the private sector, and for several years it has worked alongside WWF-MALAYSIA on projects across Malaysia, ranging from elephant conservation to river restoration.
UNM Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) Professor Deborah Hall said : “The University of Nottingham values our partnership with World Wildlife Fund since we share the same vision to tackling the most pressing environmental threats. Malaysia’s rain forest in amongst the most species rich in the world, with about 185,000 species of fauna alone. Scientific research plays an important role in finding solutions to preserving Malaysia’s environmental heritage for future generations’’
The objective of this MoU is to strengthen and further develop collaborative links between the two organisations, such that UNM can assist WWF-Malaysia to achieve its conservation goals and objectives. Under the terms of the MoU, UNM and WWF Malaysia will work in partnership to strengthen environmental protection, biodiversity conservation and management, and to promote the protection and sustainable use of ecosystems and wildlife. This will include striving to identify and protect new conservation areas and provide capacity building to support conservation; they will work together to develop advocacy papers on conservation and protection of ecosystems and wildlife in Malaysia.
UNM Head of the School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences Professor Chris Gibbins at UNM said ‘This is the type of partnership that is critical for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development and so we are delighted to be able to sign the MoU and begin to develop collaborative projects that help WWF Malaysia achieve its conservation objectives’’.
During the signing ceremony, WWF - Malaysia Conservation Director Dr Henry Chan said: "The collaboration with University of Nottingham sets a new journey, by defining how an international research-led university can collaborate with WWF-Malaysia in the conservation agenda of key stakeholders. The outcome of the sharing of information and joint research, as well as high impact outcomes accomplished from joint project implementation, will inform Government and the private sector on the effective conservation of biodiversity and protection of ecosystem services in Malaysia."
The MOU was signed by Professor Deborah, UNM Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Andy Chan, WWF- Malaysia Conservation Director Dr Henry Chan and WWF Director of Sarawak Programme Dr Jason Hon.
(Thumbnail image caption: (from left to right): WWF Director of Sarawak Programme Dr Jason Hon, WWF- Malaysia Conservation Director Dr Henry Chan, UNM Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) Professor Deborah Hall and UNM Dean of Faculty of Science and Engineering Professor Andy Chan)
(Article image caption: (Dr Henry Chan, Professor Deborah Hall, Dr Jason Hon, Professor Andy Chan with colleagues from UNM and WWF-Malaysia)
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Posted on 22nd August 2019