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Media Release: Harmony in Conservation: Unveiling the Story of Kuba’an-Puak and the Maligan Highlands

22 June 2024, Kuching, SARAWAK: In celebration of World Rainforest Day, which falls on 22 June, WWF-Malaysia is delighted to launch its latest publication, "Protecting People, Sustaining Nature - Finding the Balance for Kuba’an-Puak and the Maligan Highlands." This insightful 98-page book explores the delicate balance between conservation, indigenous well-being, and sustainable development in Sarawak.

Made possible through funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the book takes readers on a journey into the last remnants of contiguous forests in the heart of Sarawak. These forests, rich with biodiversity and cultural diversity, serve as vital ecosystems for indigenous communities such as the Penan, Kelabit, and Lun Bawang, contributing to the unique fabric of Sarawak's hinterland.

Cynthia Chin, Head of the Sarawak Conservation Programme at WWF-Malaysia, expressed her thoughts on the publication, stating, "This book embodies our dedication and commitment to achieving a harmonious coexistence between nature and human development. It represents a beacon of hope for sustainable practices that benefit both indigenous communities and the environment."

On World Rainforest Day, we are reminded of the crucial need to protect our rainforests. They are essential for preserving biodiversity and motivating action to ensure their safety. The book highlights WWF-Malaysia’s efforts in community-based conservation to safeguard these valuable ecosystems and support the livelihoods of indigenous communities.

To celebrate this milestone, a limited number of complimentary copies of the book will be available from the end of June 2024 through a special giveaway on WWF-Malaysia's social media platforms. To enter:
  • Follow WWF-Malaysia's official social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Screenshot your follow as proof.
  • Email your screenshot to my.swckcomms@wwf.org along with a brief reason explaining why you are eager to receive a complimentary copy of the book.
  • Our office will contact you regarding when and how to collect the book, either via courier or self-pickup. Please note that this giveaway is only for those residing in Malaysia.

WWF-Malaysia extends its heartfelt gratitude to all communities, stakeholders, and partners for their unwavering support and collaboration in bringing this project to fruition. The book is a reflection of the collective efforts and collaboration of all who share a common goal of preserving our natural heritage while fostering sustainable development.

 
Download your free copy of the book in the attachment. © Zora Chan / WWF-Malaysia

BOOK SYNOPSIS

In the heart of Sarawak lies two sanctuaries of rich biodiversity and diverse cultures – the Kuba’an-Puak and the Maligan Highlands. "Protecting People, Sustaining Nature - Finding the Balance for Kuba’an-Puak and the Maligan Highlands" invites readers on a compelling journey into this unique landscape, where conservation, indigenous well-being, and sustainable development converge in a delicate balance.

Authored by WWF-Malaysia and made possible through the generous support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this 98-page book delves into one of the last remnants of contiguous forests in the state. These forests are not merely landscapes; they are vital ecosystems that house diverse plants and animals, and crucial for sustaining indigenous communities like the Penan, Kelabit, and Lun Bawang.

The book serves as a testament to the commitment of achieving a harmonious relationship between nature and human development. It explores sustainable practices that benefit both the indigenous communities and their surroundings, offering hope for the coexistence of people and nature.

This publication is more than a book; it's a call to action to come together for the future of our environment and communities. It sheds light on the challenges faced by these unique ecosystems while highlighting the collaborative efforts of communities, stakeholders, and partners in ensuring a sustainable future. The book shares success stories, struggles, and a shared vision of preserving our natural heritage while fostering sustainable development.

Join us in celebrating this milestone and be a part of the movement to protect and sustain the Kuba’an-Puak and the Maligan Highlands.
 
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About WWF-Malaysia:
World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) was established in 1972 and is part of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the international conservation organisation. Working to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and nature, WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to conserve nature focus on six major themes: forests, oceans, wildlife, food, climate and energy, as well as freshwater. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.

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Mengenai WWF-Malaysia:
World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) atau Tabung Alam Malaysia merupakan sebahagian daripada rangkaian World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF), sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan antarabangsa yang berusaha untuk memastikan kelestarian alam semula jadi bagi manfaat manusia dan hidupan liar. Ditubuhkan pada tahun 1972, WWF-Malaysia mempunyai misi menghentikan degradasi alam semula jadi bumi dan membina masa hadapan yang harmoni untuk manusia dan alam sekitar. Kebanyakan kerja WWF-Malaysia bertumpu kepada enam fokus, iaitu hutan, laut, air tawar, hidupan liar, makanan, serta iklim dan tenaga. 

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