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Coral Triangle Women Leaders in Marine Conservation

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Over 40 women, including university students, attended a talk on the important role of women in nature conservation held in conjunction with global Earth Hour celebrations on 28 March 2015.

The Women Leaders Forum in Malaysia hopes to serve as a platform to increase women participation in marine conservation. (Photo by: © WWF-Malaysia / Nadia Rosli)

The Women Leaders Forum in Malaysia hopes to serve as a platform to increase women participation in marine conservation. (Photo by: © WWF-Malaysia / Nadia Rosli)

The talk was funded by USAID, Department of Interior, US, and the Coral Triangle Center.

Organized by the Coral Triangle Initiative of Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Women Leaders Forum in partnership with WWF-Malaysia, the talk provided useful case studies and a dynamic platform for women in nature conservation to interact and learn from each other.

“The environmental movement would not be the same without a woman’s touch. Women are innately nurturing individuals and play a crucial role in conservation,” said Robecca Jumin, WWF-Malaysia Marine Programme Head.

“Educating women in environmental conservation means building communities with strong environmental ethics, as they pass on their knowledge to their children,” added Jumin.

The talk featured four speakers from grassroots organisations from the Tun Mustapha Park in Sabah– a globally-significant priority conservation area in the Coral Triangle, which is threatened by overfishing, destructive fishing and pollution.

WWF-Malaysia and partners have been advocating for the gazettement of the Tun Mustapha Park. Early this year, the State Government of Sabah announced their intention to gazette the park by mid-2015. Such action will create Malaysia’s largest marine park and help ensure the sustainable management of valuable coastal and marine resources and benefit the more than 80,000 people living in coastal and island communities in the area.

The CTI-CFF Women Leaders Forum in Malaysia hopes to serve as a dynamic peer-learning network that shares best practices in marine resource conservation as well as a platform to build the capacity of women as environmental custodians.

For further information:

Angela Lim, Communications Manager, WWF-Malaysia Marine Programme
Email: alim@wwf.org.my

Paolo Mangahas, Communications Manager, WWF Coral Triangle Programme
Email: pmangahas@wwf.org.my

(Story courtesy of WWF Global)

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