inspiring the new generation
PEDAS kicked-off at SMK Sri Mersing
On 4 July, two marine biologists: our Outreach Coordinator Alzam and Reef Check Malaysia’s Nazirul facilitated an interactive session on marine ecosystems for 43 students.
TIC has been collaborating with the local community on various fronts with the aim to raise awareness on the need for turtle conservation, protection of the marine environment and sustainable solutions. Our Outreach Program has extended to the mainland – Mersing - where we have been visiting eight different schools in order to conduct lessons and activities focused on the marine environment, sea turtle conservation and plastic pollution.
A total of 500 students attended the 9 different sessions conducted this year. The first outreach session was conducted in SMK Mersing (200 students), focusing on introducing the ocean, its benefits to the humans and the need for preservation.
TRAIN THE TRAINER EVENT
Siva our past outreach coordinator conducted various sessions in schools. We are scheduling more outreach programmes for the future and hope to continue raising awareness within the local community.
In May 2018, we hosted a two-day training session run by Marine Parks Johor for members of the local community, including other resorts, island communities and tourist boat operators. The event, with 28 participants, was in celebration of the International Year of the Reef. Marine Park Johor/Taman Laut Johor were offering training to raise awareness of the fragility of our environment, environmental issues and the human impact on the local area.
The idea was to encourage cooperative protection of the Marine Park area. Visitors took part in activities such as creating a model eco-island in the sand, identifying environmental issues and looking at the life-span of marine debris. Tengah Island Conservation was also given a chance to give a presentation on sustainable practices and the importance of Marine Parks. We hope that this will be the first of various events of this kind for the local community throughout this year.
Do the job right
BATU BATU STAFF CONSERVATION DAY
In November 2018, 37 participants joined a new out-reach project named, “A day with the conservation team”. The staff had the chance to experience some of our conservation work throughout a treasure hunt, which included 4 different stations: nesting turtle, coral nursery, tree nursery and BRUVs.
The day continued with conservation talks, a dream island and eco-resort project, kayak racing and turtle nest excavation.