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April 14, 2020

Threatened sun bears could suffer from increased poaching due to the Chinese government’s touting of discredited bear bile treatment for coronavirus, conservation charities have warned.

In a list of recommended treatments for Covid-19 published last month, China’s National Health Commission promoted injections of a “traditional medicine” containing bear bile.

An estimated 12,000 bears are held in captivity on farms in China and...

April 12, 2020

PETALING JAYA: Two environmental groups have warned of a threat to the survival of the already endangered Malaysian sun bear, now that China is promoting bear bile as treatment for Covid-19.

Spokesmen for Monitor Conservation Research Society and the Malaysian Ecotourism and Conservation Society (Ecomy) told FMT they feared a rise in incidents of poaching.

Loretta Shepherd, Monitor’s communication coordinator, cited a recent stu...

March 23, 2020

 They were here even before us! Protect our forests to protect ourselves ...

March 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is getting more overwhelming by the day, but one sliver of good news that has surfaced is that the restrictions on movements in many parts of the world, has been decreasing air pollution, and reducing CO2 emissions. We look at the links between human and ecosystem health.


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Update: The sightings of wild animals in Italy, as mentioned in the podcast, has been reported to be fake by National Geographic.

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March 10, 2020

PETALING JAYA, March 10 — Malaysian ecotourism expert, environmentalist, and licensed nature guide, Andrew Sebastian, is a familiar name among birdwatching enthusiasts.


Strangely enough, birds weren’t his ‘first love’, as he realised that he wanted to pursue his career with nature only after obtaining his Certificate in Legal Practice (CLP).

“After completing my law degree, I joined the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) as an Educ...

February 25, 2020

An NGO has called for strict enforcement against open burning to eliminate the perennial haze in the region.

Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) said the haze is man-made and its resolution lies in the prevention of activities that cause it.

“The authorities will need to have stronger enforcement in place to prevent open burning and the haze even before a single fire is started,” said Ecomy founder and CEO Andrew...

February 23, 2020

Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) menggesa penguatkuasaan lebih ketat terhadap pembakaran terbuka bagi membasmi jerebu berterusan di rantau ini.

Persatuan Ekopelancongan & Pemuliharaan Malaysia (ECOMY) berkata jerebu buatan manusia dan penyelesaiannya terletak pada usaha pencegahan terhadap puncanya.

“Pihak berkuasa perlu mempunyai penguatkuasaan lebih mantap untuk mencegah pembakaran terbuka dan jerebu malah sebelum satu pun pe...

February 12, 2020

Read the article here:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/02/11/dr-xavier-2020-to-be-landmark-year-for-malaysian-biodiversity/1836368?fbclid=IwAR0X9q__E208MCLvDSVjy0rYPtuuL8BHdnhI6_mgLwZsOykJeR9IgsTPLk4

ECOMY says: A few things to look out for and to support! Let’s hope we have better laws to protect sites and wildlife, harsher and life imprisonment for poachers and traffickers, a Biodiversity Centre that will function...

February 8, 2020

PETALING JAYA: A recent instigation for punitive action against critics of the palm oil industry has prompted two environmental activist groups to condemn reactive behaviour and to call for positive engagement.

Commenting on remarks made at a forum in Kuala Lumpur last Tuesday, spokesmen for Eco-tourism and Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) and Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) said the attacks by industry...

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November 3, 2015

Where environmental conservation is concerned, ecotourism can be the light at the end of the tunnel, writes Intan Maizura Ahmad Kamal.

AS lightning zig-zagged above our heads, tearing across the blanket of darkness, a sudden hush descended upon the group.

The boisterous...

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