UKM Awards MNS for Excellent Community Engagement
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) was honored by UKM with Community Engagement Excellence Award in recognition for its outstanding partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in reaching out to communities.
MNS and UKM had collaborated to integrate elements of research, education and service in a creative knowledge-driven project on wetlands and water conservation for youth.
The SEE (Seek, Educate & Embrace) Nature Programme was launched at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park on World Wetlands Day that was celebrated on 2 Feb 2013, involving 200 school going children in mangroves replanting and clearing, bird watching, nature walks, lectures and video presentations.
“The inaugural program began in 2012 with students from UKM staying in Kuala Selangor Nature Park to build their capacity on community-based experiences to inculcate awareness of nature and develop critical workplace competencies” said Prof. Dr. Maketab Mohamed, President of MNS, at the award ceremony in UKM’s Bangi Campus, on 26 June 2013.
“MNS works across various partners and UKM’ collaboration for the young is pertinent. “I am pleased to announce that MNS and UKM will be collaborating in the region-wide Asean Youth Volunteer Program (AYVP) to take the SEE Nature Programme further”, he informed.
MNS is also in discussion with UKM to launch the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Campaign (EAAFC) to protect wetlands in North Selangor and to provide livelihood options for the local communities in a 4 prong conservation strategy.