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Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) is the oldest and largest NGO in Malaysia with a history of over 80 years of solid conservation and environmental achievements.
Malaysian Nature Society approached the Michelin Foundation – very committed to biodiversity worldwide – with the aim of developing “citizen science” activities (research and monitoring of human-wildlife conflicts in the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor) involving local communities, especially rubber plantation smallholders, schools and villagers in Kuala Lipis and Gua Musang areas.
These wildlife management education and training efforts, together with the fight against wildlife poaching and deforestation, not only promote better local management of the conservation of the endangered Malayan tiger in situ, enabling a better protection and nature conservation within the Central Forest Spine (CFS) forest landscape of Peninsular Malaysia.
This project also has the advantage of stimulating lasting collaborations between all the stakeholders concerned (local rubber-producing communities, government agencies especially Department of Wildlife & National Park (PERHILITAN), other CSO/NGOs and the private sector) with the aim of offering a better quality of life to the local populations (avoiding poaching and deforestation as an illegal source of income) and ensuring they become stewards and guardians of the forest, ensuring protection of human-wildlife cohabitation along the Sungai Yu wildlife corridor and connecting to Taman Negara, Malaysia’s prime National Park.
In this region along a road bridge, no less than 200 trees of 18 different species were planted in 2023 by MNS – with the help of FOTCAG & Michelin Malaysia – in order to promote a more favorable ecological environment for the Malayan Tiger and other wildlife species, thereby promoting the biodiversity enrichment in this unique habitat.