Inform. Inspire. Involve.
Tengah Island Conservation (TIC) is a non-profit biodiversity management initiative located on Pulau Tengah, an island within the Johor Marine Park, Malaysia. Founded by Batu Batu, a sustainably-focused, off-grid resort, TIC is dedicated to the research, rehabilitation and regeneration of our natural environment. TIC’s systemic and community-driven approach is to conserve and protect flora, fauna and marine ecosystems by informing, inspiring and involving relevant stakeholders, government, biodiversity specialists, the tourism industry, and local community.
Bourn out of a belief that private sector tourism can act as a catalyst for positive change through the preservation and regeneration of the rich but fragile biodiversity of our marine park, Tengah Island Conservation was first established as Turtle Watch Camp — a part of Batu Batu — in 2015.
Originally the Turtle Watch Camp (TWC) focused on sea turtle conservation efforts and operated as the first privately-run sea turtle hatchery in Johor state in conjunction with the Marine Parks Department and the Department of Fisheries.
In 2019, Turtle Watch Camp was officially spun-off from the resort to become Tengah Island Conservation (TIC) based at the Tunku Abdul Jalil Conservation Centre.
We are a stand-alone, non-profit biodiversity management initiative that currently employs a full-time team of scientists that has expanded its scope of environmental work beyond sea turtles to coral reef conservation, marine debris management and community outreach and engagement.
TIC is a member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) and the Society for Conservation Biology’s Turtle Working Group, Malaysia.
Founder and Director of Tengah Island Conservation and Batu Batu
Malaysian eco-systems, full of life and rich in biodiversity, where threatened species and local communities thrive side by side.
Our mission is to improve the preservation of marine and terrestrial biodiversity through scientific research, management, training and outreach. By empowering local communities through education, engagement and employment in conservation projects we will safeguard our environment for future generations.
We take a scientific and community-driven approach to all that we do to preserve the flora, fauna and marine eco-systems on and around Pulau Tengah and its surrounding islands. We do this through informing, inspiring and involving relevant stakeholders, government, biodiversity specialists, the tourism industry, and local community.