Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM)
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) a leading environmental non-governmental organisation which promotes stronger ties between NG0s in the region.
SAM surveyed the state of tropical forests in five Asian countries and has a very extensive and effective communication network in the region which publicises issues such as tropical forest destruction and pesticide pollution.
World Assembly of Youth (Way)
WAY is the coordinating committee of national youth councils and youth organisations which has helped to increase environmental awareness among youth worldwide - and to implement UNEP's youth environmental agenda.
Founded in 1949, WAY has the highest consultitive status "I" with the United Nations System. WAY works in close cooperation with the UN agencies: UNFPA, WHO, UNICEF, UNEP, UNDP, UNESCO, and CSDHA.
WAY recognises the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the basis of its action and of its services and works for the promotion of youth and their organizations in programme areas such as: democracy, environment, human rights, population, health, drugs, community development, and leadership training.
Anwar Fazal has actively promoted environment and health issues, and campaigned against pesticide and drug misuse during his term as President of the International Organisation of Consumer Unions (IOCU) and Chairman of the Environmental Liaison Centre International (ELCI).
He has initiated "people's trans-actions", an institute through which he supports the linking and multiplying of citizen power globally on environmental issues.
Dr. Abraham actively promotes consumer and environmental issues through several citizen action networks. From 1984 to 1991, he coordinated "consumer interpol", IOCU's early warning alert system to check the global trade in hazardous products, technologies and wastes. He is a board member of ELCI, has participated in several expert group meetings of UNEP and other UN agencies, and is presently head of IOCU's environment programme, focussing on issues related to consumers and the environment.
Malaysia Nature Society
Established in 1940, the Malayan Nature Society is a non-profit-making NGO that promotes nature appreciation and conservation. Its activities cover field trips, courses, outdoor expeditions, education, media campaigns and exhibitions with the aim of developing an appreciation for Malaysia's natural heritage. There are branches in nine Malaysian states. The proposed network of conservation areas incorporated in the Third Malaysia Plan (1976-1980) was a direct result of a paper submitted by the Malayan Nature Society.
Golden Hope Plantations Berhad
In 1989, the Golden Hope Plantations Berhad group adopted a zerobum technique on four of the Golden Hope estates in Malaysia, over an area of approximately 600 hectares. This technique required old stands to be felled, shredded, pulverised and left to decompose in situ. No burning was carried out - in contrast to the conventional clearing system - and it has contributed to a clean air environment.
The zeroburn system has replenished soil organic matter and improved the soil's physical properties to enhance fertility. The zeroburn technique has since become a standard practice for all the Group's palm oil estates.
Commercial harvesting of sea turtle eggs on Redang Island, Malaysia has provided the islanders with a ready source of income for decades. The local government considers this a right of the inhabitants, and issues annual licenses for turtle egg collection, consumption and sale. This has led to a decline of turtle nesting populations in Redang, to the extent that the turtles now face extinction.
Dr. Chan Eng Heng and Mr. Liew Hock Chark, a husband and wife team from the Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) of University College, Terengganu, have made many appeals over the last few years to the local government to stop issuing licenses for turtle egg collection. Realizing that the appeals were not having an effect, they raised funds from the public to help buy the eggs from the licensed egg collectors for incubation at Chagar Hutan Beach, the main nesting beach in Redang. The eggs are left to incubate in their natural nests and hatchlings are allowed to make their way to the sea to replenish the declining population.
Over the last seven years, they have stopped some 250,000 turtle eggs from being sold for human consumption. Thanks to their efforts, 200,000 hatchlings have been released to the ocean from a beach on which hatchlings had never previously been produced. They have adhered to the in-situ incubation concept whereby the eggs are left in their natural nests to develop and are not dug up and relocated to hatcheries. This practice ensures a mixed sex ratio, as well as optimal hatch rates.
Dr. Chan and Mr. Liew have also advanced the cause of conservation through research. Their satellite tracking studies have provided the impetus for the development of regional collaborative turtle conservation programmes in South East Asia. Long-term tagging studies of green and hawksbill turtles are generating information on the population dynamics of the turtles, which is vital for assessing and formulating conservation measures.
They have also developed a concept called STOP (Sea Turtle Outreach Programme) to enable the public to become involved in sea turtle conservation through a volunteer programme of nest and turtle adoption schemes. They have succeeded in getting a local English daily to run monthly features on their programme in order to reach a wider audience and create greater awareness among the public on the urgent need to save turtles.
They have developed a web site to reach a wider global audience and to give greater transparency to their programme. STOP serves as a model to the WWF/Fisheries/BP Amoco turtle conservation project in Ma'Daerah - a turtle nesting area in mainland Terengganu.
Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (YAWA)
Yayasan Anak Warisan Alam (YAWA), or Children's Environmental Heritage Foundation, is an organization committed to changing young people's attitudes towards the environment. Set up in 1990 as the Junior Environmental Group of Malaysia, it is now a registered foundation dedicated to instilling environmental awareness in young people through thought-provoking, fun-filled activities.
YAWA has formed a global link with environmental groups in Australia, Sweden, Angola, India, the Philippines,South Africa, Japan, China, Thailand and Indonesia. Through an interactive web-site, called,www.myonlyplanet.org, YAWA has initiated a communications network called South-east Asian Environmental Network, (SEAYEN) for youths and environmental NGOs in this region. The objective of this network is for young people to work seriously together on trans-boundary issues on air-pollution, sea pollution, forest fire, animal smuggling and illegal logging. A training programme, called Eco-volunteer Training Certificate, EVTC, has been designed for young people. It hopes to instill a sense of deeper understanding of environmental degradation we are facing together and to take positive action.
At local level, it has organized more than 150 activities, from saving sea turtles, air-watch, beach and lake clean up exercises, tree planting to helping children express their environmental concerns through art. YAWA organizes eco-camps for children in the village and children with special needs to help them better understand the ecosystems. It has produced postcards to ‘Spread the Message to Share the Planet’. Children’s messages and expressions can be viewed on, yawamalaysia.org YAWA is working with other NGO on a long term river-care project in Kuala Lumpur.
Abroad, YAWA has taken part in a number of UNEP international children’s conferences, Leave It to Us and TUNZA. They participated in painting the longest mural in the UK in 2000. In 1995, several members of the Foundation attended the first UNEP International Children's Conference on the Environment in Britain. Inspired by that meeting, YAWA organized its own international conferences, bringing together children form aroundMalaysia and the world to discuss important green issues.
The first conference, entitled ‘Sustain Today for Tomorrow’, was held in 1996 at the Forestry Institute in Kuala Lumpur where delegates learned that it takes millions of years for a rainforest to develop its amazing biodiversity and just minutes to wipe it out. In 1998, the year Malaysia faced a water shortage crisis, the second conference was held in Marang, which taught delegates that water is not as limitless as it seems. In 2000, the 3rd conference, held in Ampang Pecah studied the problems of air-pollution. Its 4th conference was held in Melaka as it focused on protection and conservation of our ‘Heritage’.
YAWA 5th conference in December 2004, looks at the sea issues and how to ‘Save the Seas Around Us’, as its theme.