BFM: The Business Radio Station – Ecotourism in Langkawi & the launch of the Ecotourism & Co

Dubbed the Jungle-wallah of Langkawi, Irshad Mobarak gave up the corporate rat-race over 20 years ago, and became a self-taught naturalist whose knowledge was gleaned from years of trekking through Langkawi’s jungles and mangroves. He joins us to discuss his life and work with Langkawi’s natural resources and to fill us in on the new environmental NGO he is part of, the Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (ECOMY).

Photography Competition

ECOMY is proud to partner with Mutiara Taman Negara Resort along with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) for an exciting photography competition in conjunction with Mutiara Taman Negara's 25th anniversary. Exciting prizes await.. so pick up that camera and sign up quickly! Do share with your friends too.

Happy Malaysia Day!

“One love, one heart . . . Let’s get together and feel all right” ― Bob Marley Being Malaysian is about shared values, shared cultures and shared hopes and dreams. On September 16th, we celebrate all that's good and wonderful about Malaysia. Her melting pot of culture, races, religion and her beautiful diverse natural heritage. On this day, we at ECOMY would like to extend our wishes for peace, harmony, unity, freedom - for us, for our wildlife and for our precious natural heritage. Happy Malaysia Day to all Malaysians.

ECOMY partners with Mutiara Taman Negara for Photo Competition!

Taman Negara is one of ECOMY’s favourite eco sites. We have been working with Taman Negara and Mutiara Taman Negara on a host of activities previously as individuals but we are now developing plans to collaborate on more activities and initiatives. ECOMY is now one of the official collaborators with Mutiara Taman Negara to promote the Mutiara Taman Negara 25th Anniversary Photo Competition together with University Putra Malaysia. More information can be taken from

‘Taman Negara has failed to tap tourism revenue in birdwatching’ – The Rakyat Post

KUALA TAHAN, Sept 10, 2015: Taman Negara has potential to be a popular bird-watching tourist destination, with an average of 25,000 birdwatchers a year. Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) chief executive officer Andrew Sebastian said birdwatching should be encouraged as much as possible as it is an activity that would not destroy the ecosystem. “Birdwatching is gaining popularity because it is a form of ecotourism that does not negatively affect birds or host communities, but supports the conservation of the sites visited, while delivering livelihood benefits. “The United States has 20 million birdwatchers, but only 1.7% make their way to Malaysia, which means there is plent

‘Syurga’ pemerhati burung liar’ – Utusan Malaysia

JERANTUT 26 Ogos – Taman Negara Kuala Tahan di sini mampu menjadi destinasi popular dalam kalangan peminat burung kerana diangggarkan terdapat lebih 450 spesies burung dikenal pasti hidup di situ termasuk dari luar negara. Keadaan itu dapat menjadikan Taman Negara sebagai ‘syurga’ bagi para pemerhati burung sekali gus mempelbagaikan lagi produk ekopelancongan di kawasan berke­naan yang cukup dikenali dengan keunikan hutan hujan tropika berusia lebih 130 juta tahun selain keindahan sungai, gunung, flora, fauna dan kepelbagaian biodiversiti. Aktiviti memerhati burung me­rupakan satu kegiatan rekreasi ber­sifat mesra alam dan berimpak rendah yang digemari oleh jutaan peminatnya menerusi acara-a

Saving Langkawi’s Mangroves – The Star

February 25th, 2015 – HAVING lost 50% of its original rainforest to coastal development in recent years, Langkawi Island’s Unesco Geopark status could change following the United Nations agency’s scheduled review this year. Gathering support from Institute of Foresters Malaysia (IRIM), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), villagers of Kuala Melaka, Kuala Teriang and the media, Berjaya Langkawi Resort launched the Mangrove 4 Life (M4L) campaign, as part of Berjaya Hotels & Resorts (BHR)’s corporate social responsibility initiative Live & Care. Berjaya Langkawi Resort general manager Chris Niuh said the three-day mangrove conservation campaign was close to their hearts, as it had a direct impact on

Taman Negara Media Briefing

A Media tour comprising of 25 members of the local media was organized by Mutiara Taman Negara on 4th September, 2015. ECOMY’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Sebastian presented a briefing entitled “Birdwatching Tourism in Malaysia & Taman Negara“. Local stakeholders present included Mr. Nathan, General Manager of Mutiara Taman Negara, En. Jalil, representative of the Tourism Operators Association (Persatuan Pemandu Pelancong Taman Negara) and En. Mat, Superintendent of Taman Negara National Park. Andrew also conducted a night walk along the park’s trails for the media group later that night.

ECOMY & Tourism Malaysia

Tourism Malaysia is Malaysia’s tourism promotions arm. ECOMY, through Andrew Sebastian and Irshad Mobarak have been for years now, collaborating to promote Malaysia as a premier eco destination. Andrew Sebastian has been their subject matter expert on birds and ecotourism and Irshad Mobarak as their subject matter expert as well as the media ambassador. ECOMY is currently working with TM to update their “Malaysia Birding Paradise” publication for Oct 2015. ECOMY’s Andrew Sebastian is leading this project which will be distributed worldwide in all Tourism Malaysia offices. It will also be available online. Tourism Malaysia’s 2016 Calendar (with Andrew as subject matter expert) will feature Ma

Vale Eco Centre Volunteer Training Programme

ECOMY was commissioned by Vale Malaysia Minerals to conduct a series of Nature Interpretation Courses for their Volunteers at the Vale Eco Centre. Already open to the public, this new and interesting center will officially be launched sometime this year to the public and besides boasting of having a lush primary and beautiful protected forest, the centre’s other important assets are its volunteers and local community support. The first training/orientation for about 26 happy volunteers was held 15-16 August 2015 to help prepare train them to take people on wonderful guided walks. The orientation included basic introductions to our rainforest, ecotourism principles, facilities, forest and be

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