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Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:22:24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Conservation work

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OIA is committing energy, time, money and passion to establish sustainable CIP programs along with itineraries for school and corporate organisations in Asia.

Our goal is to support projects that will help:

  • Pass on our passion for sustainable development
  • Pass on knowledge of our destinations’ nature and ecosystems (bio-diversity…, in places like Bali, Langkawi, Phuket, Taman Negara, Tioman, Sieam Reap etc…)
  • Ultimately, to create troops of young forest rangers imbued with a lifelong sense of responsibility towards the environment.

Words from our Chief Naturalist, Conservation mentor and associates, Irshad Mobarak:

“What I hope to achieve is to show that the forest is a living community of interactive and interdependent relationships, not unlike our own relationships in our cities, in our homes and among families and friends. If we can win people’s hearts, then we can win their minds and have a friend of nature for life. And when they leave from home, I hope to have inspired them to make positive adjustment to help nature.”

Projects and Roles for conservation volunteers

Tree Doctors

  • Children are tasked with collecting seedlings from edges of the forest, planting them in polybags and then nurturing them in the Nursery. These seedlings will eventually be planted along strategic stretches of roads to create wildlife corridors.
  • Mangrove planting

For example, during such project in Langkawi, a group of children in Langkawi planted some 50 trees, including fruit trees, in Tasik Telawak, a natural lake site that attracts wild ducks and other water birds. Kampung folk there are very proud of the lake and are already doing their best to keep the area clean so as continue to attract the birds. They felt proud and pleased that they had been chosen to carry out this tree planting exercise, further enhancing their location.

Wildlife Rangers

  • Collect water samples from natural sites to be tested for bio indicators which can help support life. Collect water samples from developed areas to be tested for bio indicators which may indicate pollution. The results will be collected for comparison and analysis.
Nature’s Scribes
  • Bird watching and documentation: They are also armed with binoculars to observe and document the numbers and species of birds found in the vicinity.
  • Conducting perception audit: They are also armed with pens and questionnaires to interview locals and tourists and hospitality professionals, about their perceptions of the island: what they think about development in that particular destination and how it has affected the environment.