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Penang Seagrass Project, Malaysia

Penang Seagrass Project

To promote knowledge and environmental awareness on the coastal ecosystems of Penang State, Malaysia. To encourage public involvement in the development of nature education among local communities.

 

 

 

Name of organisation: Nature Classroom

Funding support: 

Year 2015-2016: Eco-Peace Leadership Center, South Korea Year 2017 onwards: Self funded

Number of staff: 2

Number of visitors per year: Approximately 360 visitors including parents & kids, teachers & students, volunteers and researchers.

Overall aims of the centre

To promote knowledge and environmental awareness on the coastal ecosystems of Penang State, Malaysia. To encourage public involvement in the development of nature education among local communities.

Description of the centre

Penang Seagrass Project is a nature education initiave established by Nature Classroom which aim to increase public awareness for the conservation of Penang’s coastal ecosystems. To fulfill the purposes, we are working with various parties such as government agencies, educational institutions and NGOs through collaborations in volunteer trainings, site surveys, research & documentation etc. Every month we are conducting about 2 field trips with 15 participants respectively.

Main CEPA work areas

Recruitment of volunteers from educational institutions, exhibitions & awareness campaigns, field trips, parent-and-kid activities, scientific surveys, documentation & publication.

Top three successes

  1. Sustainable field trips: Positively enhance the nature education in local communities from the first hand experiences. It also enable us to sustain by charging the participants some fees.
  2. Volunteer programme : successfully promote the environmental volunteerism among general public especially students and younger generation.
  3. Exhibitions & campaigns: Effective sharing of information for creation of public conciousness and involvements.

Top three challenges

  1. Financial constraints limit the development of our work.
  2. Insufficient man power(e.g. full time staff) to help the working progress.
  3. Lack of interest and confidence from teachers and schools to support long term recruitment and training of volunteers.

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials

 

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with secondary schools

General

PR and marketing

 

natureclassroom.nhj@gmail.com

Website address:
facebook.com/penangseagrass

Other Information:

 

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