[ICCB 2019] The man who was a force behind Malaysia’s marine parks and the region’s Coral Triangle was honoured with an award at the International Congress on Conservation Biology (ICCB) 2019.
For his leadership in “translating principles of conservation biology into real-world conservation”, Kevin Hiew was awarded with the US-based Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)’s Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award.
Hiew, 73, is the first Malaysian to win this award.
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WORDS can punch harder than a fist. Or two. When I was an active researcher, statistics guided my writing. Now, as a journalist, I still collect evidence, but I walk with extra respect and caution.
Five years into this (financially pitiful) career, I’ve learned one thing: A good journalist talks less and listens more. So I do just that. The other way round is bad.
A talk given 23 July at the International Congress for Conservation Biology, Kuala Lumpur, reminded me of the above.
(Photo: Nadine Ruppert presents findings of her SPO Movement survey. Credit: YH Law)
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[ICCB 2019] In Southeast Asia, oil palm expansion threatens biodiversity and the work of conservationists. Knowing where oil palm might go next then, helps inform conservation, says Molly Hennekam, an applied ecologist at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
(Photo: A composite map of Southeast Asia showing Key Biodiversity Areas and areas of potential oil palm expansion. “Suitability” here refers only to ecological factors like climate and soil. Credit: Hennekam, Sarira, Koh)
Continue reading Where Might Oil Palm Go Next?
[ICCB 2019] There were two key facts that turtle expert Juanita Joseph of the Borneo Marine Research Institute wished she had known about the murky waters of Brunei Bay. The first was that hundreds of green turtles fed in the bay; the second was that crocodiles swam in the same water.
Today, the turtles keep drawing Joseph back to the bay, and the crocodiles keep her out of the water — unless necessary.
(Photo: To catch turtles in Brunei Bay, Juanita Joseph used nets called ‘kabat’ to trap turtles at the mouth of estuaries. Joseph learned the method from local fishermen. Credit: Juanita Joseph)
Continue reading In the Murky Waters of Brunei Bay, Turtles Feed
WHAT better maiden coverage can Macaranga offer than that of the International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB)?
Held in Kuala Lumpur for the first time from 21–25 July 2019, this gathering of conservationists from all over the world aims to address challenges and showcase the latest research in conservation.
Continue reading ICCB: Conservation Conversations
She has electric-blue legs and a creamy toffee body. She’s a spider and she has just been named. But the dubious means by which specimens like her end up in scientists’ hands is cause for alarm, as featured in Science by YH Law, with reporting by Erik Stokstad.
Continue reading Illegal Export of Blue-legged Tarantula Highlights Biopiracy Woes
While Malaysia’s new reform federal government has stated its commitment towards sustainable forest management and policies, working with states can be challenging. This is the second of a two-part look at conservation policy and legislation in Malaysia.
Continue reading Conserving New Malaysia (Part II)
Since the Pakatan Harapan coalition took over government in Malaysia last year, political and economic reforms have dominated headlines. But what is this government doing about conservation? This is the first of a two-part look at conservation policy and legislation in Malaysia.
Continue reading Conserving New Malaysia (Part I)