What We Do

WWF's conservation work in Malaysia

From high up in the mountaintops to down low at the bottom of the sea, WWF-Malaysia is working hard to help protect the country’s natural environment through our various conservation programmes.
From high up in the mountaintops to down low at the bottom of the sea, WWF-Malaysia is working hard to help protect the country’s natural environment through our various conservation programmes.

WWF-Malaysia focuses its conservation work on large-scale priority areas that encompass a broad range of wildlife and ecological systems.

The ultimate goal is to achieve long-term and sustainable conservation impact in the country by conserving, restoring, and protecting a diversity of species, forests, marine, coastal, and freshwater environments. For a living planet, for us, for our children and the generations to come.


Our conservation work focuses on:


Species

The tropical rainforests, seas and freshwater ecosystems of Malaysia support a rich and diverse array of both flora and fauna species; in fact, Malaysia is recognised as one of 12 mega-diversity countries with many of its species occurring in unusually high densities. However, many of these species are threatened. Recognising this issue, we work towards the protection and management of six different species through landscape-based approaches.


Forests

An estimated 13 hectares of the world's forest are lost. In the next 30 seconds, another 13 hectares will disappear. Within a minute, mankind succeeds in undoing 1,000 years of natural evolution. Read on to understand a little more about our forests work and how you can help us change for the better.


Freshwater

Freshwater is perhaps the most crucial resource for humans and all other living creatures on earth. Sufficient clean water is essential for healthy living as well as the health of the environment. Our freshwater ecosystems continually face numerous threats and challenges. Recognising this, WWF-Malaysia promotes the conservation, integrated management and sustainable use of the freshwater ecosystems.


Marine

Malaysia’s warm tropical seas are home to some of the richest coral reefs, mangrove forests, green sea turtles and other endangered marine species such as hawksbill turtles, dugongs, whale sharks, and humphead wrasse. This vast sea area is rich with fishery resources and habitats. Fish are an important sustainable resource but overfishing and habitat destruction can threaten this.


Environmental Education

Today the world is changing at an accelerated pace and the need for effective conservation education is much more pressing. WWF-Malaysia believes that effective conservation education programmes, both formal and community based, can have a tremendous impact on the Malaysian society and the nation’s behaviour towards its environment.


Policy

WWF-Malaysia has been involved in policy work for 40 years. To be effective in policy advocacy work, we adopt various approaches and optimise on effective partnerships to promote the establishment of policies, plans, programmes and legislation that integrate environmental concerns for sustainable development.

Species

 / ©: WWF-Malaysia / Mikaail Kavangh

Forests

 / ©: Mauri Rautkari / WWF-Canon

Freshwater

 / ©: WWF-Canon / Tanya PETERSEN

Marine

 / ©: WWF-Malaysia

Environmental Education

 / ©: WWF Malaysia / Rahana Husin

The battles we fight are not in the trenches but at conferences, forums, on the streets and out in the field. Facing up to charging elephants or enduring long journeys just to get to the project site are part of the job.