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Project ROOTS with Berjaya Cares Foundation

30 Oct 2013

WHAT IS PROJECT ROOTS?
Project ROOTS or “Revisiting our Original Trees” is a land based project studying the high conservation value areas on Tioman island before meaningful management information and recommendations can be produced to safeguard these areas.  ROOTS is also about creating more awareness on the natural wonders of Tioman forest and the importance of protecting it.

The objectives of ROOTS include :-
• To identify the various habitats of Tioman Island.
• To create awareness on Tioman’s unique island forest amongst the public.
• To identify wildlife corridors and zonation of areas for sustainable tourism.
• To promote the conservation and preservation of the Tioman’s forests from the highland to the beach as one contiguous forest.
•    To involve community participation in protecting Tioman’s natural heritage through the Rakan Napuh Community Groups.

ROOTS Activities include :
1)    Biodiversity surveys
Surveys will be conducted at 4 tracks/sites including Tekek, Salang & Ayer Batang, Juara and Mukut.

2)    Botanical plots
Several 10mX10m plots will be established in the forest to understand more on the diversity and density of the forest complex.

3)    Community participation
Several committee members from each village will be formed lead by their “Tok Empat” or Ketua Kampung of all village in Tioman. The committee will be the focal point to the public and Tioman’s local community for project ROOTS. The committee is also known as “Rakan Napuh” named after one of the protected and iconic wildlife of Tioman, the “Napuh” (Greater Mousedeer).

4)    CEPA (Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness) materials and activities related to wildlife or Tioman’s forests are currently lacking. Hence, this project will develop selected CEPA materials to support conservation activities. Rakan Napuh will be empowered to articulate the awareness and other campaigns.

RAKAN NAPUH PROJECT
WHAT IS RAKAN NAPUH?
Rakan Napuh is a community engagement programme set up to encourage local community involvement in protecting the wildlife and natural heritage of Tioman.  Napuh or the "Greater Mousedeer" was especially chosen as the icon because it is native to the island and unfortunately at present, currently being hunted unsustainably.

WHO IS INVOLVED IN RAKAN NAPUH?
Rakan Napuh will comprise of interested villagers from 7 main villages in Tioman, led by their “Tok Empat” or “Ketua Kampung”.   This committee will work closely with MNS in raising awareness, changing mindsets of the local communities with regards to nature conservation and raising environmental stewards who will be trained and empowered to take ownership of Tioman’s natural heritage.

WHAT ARE THE PLANNED ACTIVITIES OF RAKAN NAPUH?
Planned activities include forming capacity building workshops including training local nature guides, talks, presentations and forums to obtain the viewpoint of local communities in the aim of seeking cooperation from villages to promote ecotourism and prevent unsustainable poaching and clearing of forests.  Rakan Napuh would be a good platform to raise awareness on nature related issues to the villages and local community at large.

WHAT IS THE LONG TERM OBJECTIVES OF RAKAN NAPUH?
To raise local environmental stewards who will ensure that Tioman Island’s natural resources including its beautiful landscape wilderness and waters remain intact and this in turn, will ensure that Tioman’s eco-tourism potential continues to increase.

The pdf copy of the factsheet on the Rakan Napuh programme can be downloaded below

Project ROOTS and the Rakan Napuh programme is supported by Berjaya Cares Foundation.

For more information, please email projects@mns.org.my


  arrowFactsheet on Rakan Napuh Programme (English - pdf - 413 Kb)   



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