Malaysia has been given the honour to host the 3rd United Nation – Secretary General Scientific Advisory Board (UN-SG-SAB) Meeting from 24th – 26th May 2015. The Advisory Board, consisted of 26 Scientists across the world spent 3 days in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur addressing the current humanity challenges in changing the world for a better future. The meeting was launched by the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin on 26 May 2015. Pulau Banding Foundation, under the EMKAY Group of companies participated in this event together with six other corporate partners in showcasing our effort in the sustainable development and conservation of Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex.
Pulau Banding Foundation and collaboration with Perbadanan Taman Negeri Perak intends to organize the expedition in the Royal Belum State Park on the 8th-17th of September 2015. This time, the main focus area will be around Sungai Kejar and Sungai Tiang, the key areas of mammals sighting, as well as rich flora populations and other fauna. The objective of the expedition is to update the inventory of biodiversity in the expedition area in line with the National Biodiversity Policy. More
In line with 'Visit Malaysia Year 2014', the Royal Belum International Festival aims to boost Belum Forest as an International Tourism Hub and creating high impact awareness regarding the conservation and preservation of the environment toward the community.
During the event, several activities will be featured:
- 1. Royal Belum International Photography Competition
- 2. Royal Belum Short Film Competition
- 3. Royal Belum Celebrity and Ambassador Tour
- 4. Royal Belum Photography Amateur Competition
For more information, please log in to Royal Belum International Festival 2014 Facebook page. Link
Being one of the oldest rainforest in the world and rich with flora and fauna, Belum-Temengor Rainforest Complex is the centre of scientific research. Held on 1 – 10 October 2012, 2nd Temengor Rainforest Expedition aimed to produce a biodiversity inventory in the selected area of study and identify potential locations for eco-tourism attraction. The expedition also aimed to created new trails for the purpose of eco-tourism. The outcome of the expedition is the Symposium on 2nd Temengor Scientific Expedition held at Belum Rainforest Resort on the 22-25 August 2013. More
Pulau Banding Foundation and collaboration with Yayasan Emkay had organized the First Aid Wilderness Course on the 27- 30 August 2012. The objective of the programme is to prepare the Rangers, Tourist Guides, Boatman and also the people responsible in guiding tourists and visitors to the rainforest to overcome the worst-case scenarios in which cases people might got in to accidents while in the wild. 30 participants were involved and mostly are from the people from government sector, private sectors, and NGO.
In conjunction with Department of Wildlife Peninsular Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and Implementation and Coordination Unit from the Prime Minister Office, PBF has organized the Green Badge Course, specifically aimed to produce well-trained tourist guide and capable to guide visitors into the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. Participants mainly from locals (from Gerik and Perak) underwent intensive course for 17 days (12th – 28th of November 2013), which include practical exercises, oral and writing tests to further understand the flora and fauna of Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. At the end of the course, the qualified participants were granted the “Green Badge”, which signifies the capability of the recipients to guide tourists into the wild.
On 1st - 3rd October 2013, PBF and EMKAY Group have organized Elements of Eco-Tourism, which aims to widen the knowledge of those who are working with EMKAY Group and also for those who are promoting or selling Belum Rainforest Resort as a premier facility for stay during visit to Belum-Temengor Forest. Also, to give confidence to staff to speak authoritively on Belum-Temengor when they are trying to convince clients to stay at BRR (Belum Rainforest Resort). Birds’ expert, Mr Andrew Sebastian from Malaysia Nature Society was invited to give a talk on Birds of Belum-Temengor and tips on how to identify bird species in the wild. Another expert, Mr Mohana Chandran, former PERHILITAN officer, was highlighting the reptiles and insects in Belum-Temengor and how to handle snake bites.
On the 13th July 2014, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) of USM, Prof Dr Muhammad Jantan visited Pulau Banding Rainforest Research Centre. The purpose of the visit is for the USM delegates getting know about Pulau Banding Foundation and work has been done to date for better understanding about the Foundation. Also present were Prof Dr Mashor, Senior Professor at USM, Dr Amir Shah Ruddin, Lecturer at USM, and Prof Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Abdul Latiff, chairman of PBF.
9th of May 2014 marked an important day for Pulau Banding Foundation as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak visited the Pulau Banding Rainforest Research Centre where he had launch the book 'Glimpses', a publication by Pulau Banding Foundation which compiles the findings from the 2nd Temengor Scientific Expedition 2012 into a coffee table book. The Prime Minister also launch the 'Pey Ba'a', a coffee table book by Yayasan EMKAY which assemble the photo and information on the Orang Asli communities in Belum Temengor. During the visit, the Prime Minister also officiated the new dormitory and tree planting ceremony.
On the 3rd - 4th September 2013, PBF have received a very special guest into the Forest Complex, Dr. Peter Wilkie from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The visit was to introduce our guest to the Belum Temengor Forest Complex and further discuss as well as identifying key similarities between PBF and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in order to collaborate in the future.
On 26th-28th June 2013, delegates (Board of Trustees) from the Tanzanian Forest Special Committee visited Pulau Banding for a 3 days exposure regarding on the management of a foundation-based organization for better understanding. The delegates were set up by the Tanzanian Government to oversee forestry activities in that country. During the 3 days visit, they were exposed to the fascinating flora and fauna of Belum-Temengor as well as how the foundation works in order to preserve this natural heritage.