Book on Water Conservation photos by WWF-Malaysia released
Kota Kinabalu – In conjunction with World Water Day, WWF-Malaysia today launched its coffee table book entitled When The Water Whispers at Suria Sabah Shopping Mall. The book is one of the initiatives completed by WWF-Malaysia Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Programme (STCP) Freshwater Team, with support from HSBC Malaysia. The 64-page book is a culmination of a year’s collection of photograps by Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students and the community of the Upper Sugut, Ranau through a programme called WaterVoice.
The book launch was witnessed by Mr. Ong Eng Mun, HSBC Area Director of Malaysia, and Encik Mas Farisan Haji Salleh, Pengarah Jabatan Penyelidikan Dan Inovasi, Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK), as well as a representative from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage Sabah (DID),
WWF-Malaysia believes that engaging the participation of civil society is vital in conserving freshwater systems from an integrated watershed management perspective. The book is part of a three-year project by WWF-Malaysia aiming at creating awareness among civil society on the importance of clean water.
According to Executive Director / CEO Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma, “This initiative is in line with our ‘Together Possible’ motto, where WWF-Malaysia strives to work in unity with people to achieve lasting conservation solutions.”
According to the Malaysia Second National Communication to the United Nation Framework of Convention and Climate Change (UNFCCC). it is forecasted that rainfall in Sabah will increase by 6-11% by 2050 coupled with extreme weather patterns and frequency due to global warming. Malaysia has been witnessing more intense drier months corresponding with heavier rainfalls, resulting in floods and droughts over the past 10 years.
Dato’ Dionysius added that “Everyone uses and needs water; therefore water is and should be everyone’s business. WWF-Malaysia calls for a collective effort as everybody is accountable for the planet.”
The year 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of WWF-Malaysia’s existence in Malaysia in stopping the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. For information on obtaining a copy, please contact Sabrina Aripen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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For more information, please contact:
Sabrina Melisa Aripen
Communications Officer, Sabah Office, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +60 88 262 420 ext.125