April 3, 2013

Nature Conservation Projects

RAINFOREST AID

Langkawi has lost over 49% of its natural heritage to agriculture, urbanization and transport infrastructure (roads). This loss in biodiversity is further compounded with the introduction of invasive species, pollution, population and over harvesting.

Langkawi main industry is tourism and within this industry there is no doubt that ecotourism is its number one draw. There is an urgent need to protect the last wild places on the island from further loss.

Rainforest Aid is a project to stem the further loss of island natural heritage and to try to reverse this trend.

AIMS: the project will address the problem by several measures including encouraging stake holders i.e. hotels, schools, travel agents etc to lobby local government for better enforcement on illegal encroachment into rainforest reserves, to the purchase of critical habitats and the establishment of a network of wildlife corridors that will allow the
free migration of wildlife between habitats for purpose of seeking shelter, food and breeding.

As part of the project we will encourage the planting of trees that benefit birds and other wildlife around urban area and other built environments.

BENEFITS: The benefits derive are many firstly it is hoped to stem the further destruction to the last few ecological zones on the island. Secondly direct action will be taken to restore marginal lands back into thriving ecosystems once again. Thirdly the general public will have a better understanding of environmental issues that affect the island and they will become active players in the protection of the natural heritage they are held in trust. Finally we hope that these measures will help Langkawi achieve sustainable economic benefits from ecotourism.

MANGROVE AID

Restoring ecosystem and sustaining fisheries

Background : Langkawi is well known by its biggest attraction its mangrove forest, forest on limestone and the fauna that are found here. Although mangrove cruise is the most popular attraction in Langkawi very little has been done to highlight its mangrove ecosystem and best practice to enjoy its wildlife. Because of lack of knowledge many practices such as wildlife feeding is practices by boat operator as a tourist attractions.

AIMS: This is a combined effort between the corporation and the community to address the problem and support the best practices by fisherman and tourism industries stake holders and visitor alike.

BENEFITS: By Mangrove replanting with communities, these mangrove will be a buffer zone from  erosion and any natural disaster such as tsunami. Its
will help the wildlife to sustain it self from the fruits, flowers and
young shoots.

*These program can be modify to your company needs and requirements*