Read Now: WWF-IKIM’s “Islam, Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar & Anda” Handbook Available Online
Launched in July 2012 by the Chairman of the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM), Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the publication is a first of its kind in the country and a joint initiative between WWF-Malaysia and IKIM.
The publication was produced to create a larger representation of the Muslim community in conservation efforts and highlights the conservation of Species according to the teachings of Islam. Not for sale, the books are targeted specifically to those in Muslim leadership positions nationwide including Imams, preachers and educators to champion environmental issues. Published in Bahasa Malaysia, the book will soon be translated into English to reach a wider audience.
“We are pleased to share the 160-page reference book on our website and members of the public, regardless of religion, can now access this publication and learn about wildlife conservation through the Islamic lens”, said WWF-Malaysia’s Executive Director/CEO, Dato’ Dr. Dionysius Sharma.
With special focus given on Malaysia’s national icons – the tiger and marine turtle; both endangered species, Dato’ Dr. Dionysius added, ‘Now more than ever, we need to connect faith and conservation which will subsequently stir action to reverse the trend of the dwindling population of these majestic species. Compassion and care is a thread that runs through in every religion and it is hoped that the publication will resonate with readers.”
Since its launch last year, the reference book has been an effective tool in reaching out to the local communities. Last October, the Ma’Daerah Community Heritage Association (MEKAR), a community-based organisation championing turtle conservation in Kemaman, Terengganu, jointly organised a one-day workshop with WWF-Malaysia which was attended by local Imams and religious speakers. The reference book was used in advocating the direct link between Islamic obligation and the environment, with special emphasis on turtle conservation. WWF-Malaysia aims to conduct similar workshops at other projects sites.
‘Islam, Pemuliharaan Hidupan Liar dan Anda’ was produced after a Memorandum of Understanding was inked between WWF-Malaysia and IKIM in December 2011. Both parties have since been working hand in hand to promote and enhance the understanding and appreciation towards the conservation of Species according to the tenets of Islam.
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WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), the national conservation trust, currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection work. Since 1972, WWF-Malaysia has worked on important conservation projects, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. We also undertake environmental education and advocacy work to achieve conservation goals. By conserving our natural resources, WWF-Malaysia is helping to protect our livelihoods, food and water supply, thus securing our good quality of life and our children’s bright future. We thank our supporters and members of the Media, whose contributions and support enable our conservation work. If you would like to donate to WWF-Malaysia or learn more about our projects, please call: +603-78033772 or visit: wwf.org.my or www.facebook.com/wwfmy
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• Conserving the world’s biological diversity
• Ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable
• Promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful production
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