Over the years MNS has played an integral role in preserving our natural habitat and wildlife. Some of our landmark successes are the driving force behind the voice of conservation in our country.
Protection of the Giant Leathery Turtle
One of MNS’ first major successes in conservation was in the 1960s where the project lead by the late Dr. E. Balasingam involved studying the egg laying habits of these turtles. This initiated a landmark turtle egg collection (for conservation) scheme in this country and spurred on the start of the first ever hatchery programme in 1961.
Saving Endau-Rompin Forest
In 1977, extensive logging in the Endau-Rompin area led to MNS partnering with 5 other organisations in taking out a half-page advertisement in a national daily to launch the Save Endau-Rompin National Park campaign. Logging licenses were not renewed after the 1977 concessions expired. Thirteen years later in 1985, MNS created history by leading the Malaysian Heritage & Scientific Expedition to Endau-Rompin. Rounds of dialogue and advocacy with the state government in the ensuing years culminated in the Johor segment of Endau-Rompin being gazetted as a state park in 1993.
Establishment of Kuala Selangor Nature Park
The Kuala Selangor Nature Park or KSNP was established in 1987 as a result of MNS’ successful advocacy against state government who planned to turn the area into a golf course. MNS now manages and runs KSNP on behalf of the Selangor state government. This is the only instance where a park is managed by an NGO for the government in Malaysia.
School Nature Clubs
The School Nature Club (Kelab Pencinta Alam/KPA) was established in 1991 in collaboration with the Malaysian Ministry of Education. What began as a pioneer group of 12 schools in the Klang Valley is now an initiative with a membership of over 350 schools nationwide. The main focus of the KPA programme is to encourage interest, understanding and involvement in environmental and conservation efforts among the school-going generation.
Save Belum-Temengor Campaign
1993 marked a historical year for MNS when His Majesty the Yang Dipertuan Agong IX Sultan Azlan Shah launched the historical year long Malaysian Heritage & Scientific Expedition to Belum, Perak. After 15 years of tireless and continuous advocacy such as signature campaigns and public awareness raising events, the Royal Belum State Park was officially gazetted as a totally protected area in May 2007.
MNS has a good track record of over 73 years in protecting our country’s natural habitats and educating the public on the need for environmental action.