Biodiversity conservation in Malaysia: NGOs take center stage on global climate platform | Press releases | Asia
The price of the hornbill is Climate Governance Malaysia’s main initiative to support NGOs. Its partners in this initiative include corporate sponsors – Areca Capital, Astro, Better Malaysia Foundation, CIMB Foundation, Tenaga Nasional, Yayasan Hasanah, Yayasan Sime Darby), as well as the audit and consultancy firm PwC, and the main publishers of content and media Eco-Business and Islamic Markets.com.
Launched this year, the Hornbill Award 2021 is endowed with an amount of 105,000 RM, which will be won by a participating NGO / CSO for its innovative proposal in response to the theme of the competition – Conservation of biodiversity. The two-tiered selection process culminates at Climate Week New York (CWNY), considered the biggest climate event of the year. This final decision will be determined not only by the quality of the proposal, but also by an audience survey and a video produced by each participating NGO.
The Hornbill Awards initiative invited NGOs to focus on the field of conservation, dealing with the preservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources, which are threatened in Malaysia due to climate change.
This climate governance initiative in Malaysia is aligned with Goal 17 of the National Biodiversity Policy which predicts that by 2025 a significant increase in funds and resources will be mobilized for biodiversity conservation from government sources and non-governmental organizations and in particular, action 17.1 which recognizes the need to develop coordinated partnerships with the private sector to channel funds towards priority biodiversity conservation projects.
The Hornbill Award is a great opportunity for companies to support:
- Sustainability and climate resilience;
- Malaysia’s commitment under the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to our 2005 emissions intensity of GDP, and in addition, to maintain at least 50% level of forest and tree conservation; and
- Commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Underwater), SDG15 (Life on Land) and SDG17 (Partnership for the Goals).
The six finalist NGOs will have access to a global platform to showcase their work, giving them the opportunity to promote their good work and attract funders for climate action and biodiversity conservation projects.
It is also an opportunity for different actors to come together for concerted action on climate change and biodiversity conservation.
The larger vision is that the funded project provides long-term benefits on biodiversity, which in turn will have a positive impact on the environment, health and livelihoods of communities in the areas defined by the project.
The six finalists at the end of the first round (among the 21 NGOs that applied):
In the first round, each application was scored objectively on the basis of four criteria: impact of the project, planned execution of the project, experience and track record, and other beneficiaries (externalities). It was a difficult decision for the judges in the first round.
The top six who qualified for the 2021 Hornbill Awards final:
1stop Borneo’s wildlife
Project: Protection of the helmeted hornbill: a community project | Tawau, Sabah
Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA)
Project: Bring back our rare animals | Sabah, but hopes to expand to Peninsular Malaysia
Kelab Alami Tanjung Kupang
Project: Community management of the habitat of the estuaries of the Pendas and Pulai rivers | Mukim Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah, Johor
Marine Research Foundation (MRF)
Project: Conservation of marine megafauna in Malaysia | Sabah
Reef Check Malaysia (RCM)
Project: Mapping of the connectivity corridors of marine ecosystems on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia | Near coastal areas off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia
Cameron Highlands Regional Environmental Awareness (REACH)
Project: Biodiversity and construction of educational sites | Cameron Highlands, Pahang
Six NGOs – Each with a fabulous project! Who will win the Hornbill Prize?
Register now for the grand finale at https://www.cgmalaysia.com/event-details/the-hornbill-awards-finals
See you on Sunday September 26 at Climate Week New York! Mark the date!