The birdman of Malaysia

AFTER almost two decades with the Malaysian Nature Society, Andrew J. Sebastian - who is also a bird and nature guide – left to form his own non-governmental organisation ECOMY (Eco-Tourism and Conservation Society Malaysia). “You can’t use the conservation-only approach. I figured out that there was a gap between us fighting the government on conservation issues, and protecting nature. “The gap in this case was people are not connected to nature any more. You can say ‘Ulu Muda’ or ‘Belum’ (two well-known rainforests), and they will only be happy to help with conservation campaigns if they have been there.” As there were no other NGOs working or pushing towards eco-tourism, Andrew decided to

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