NGO with plenty on its plate

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Landskap Malaysia is a non-profit organisation founded on March 25, 2009. It was initiated by former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his wife Tun Jeanne Abdullah.

Its mission is to create awareness through public engagement to ensure conservation initiatives to preserve, protect and restore the environment in urban areas filter down to every level in the community.

The organisation aims to develop understanding, appreciation and optimum awareness of tropical rainforests and the Malaysian landscape.

Since its inception, 63,473 trees have been planted in urban and degraded areas. A total of 189,900 Malaysians have participated in the programme.

Through its Seed Centre @ Schools programme, the NGO aims to expand the scope of Hutan Kita to teach youngsters to appreciate and understand the importance of seeds.

Focusing on seed germination and propagation, students are taught how to prepare seed plots and sow seeds. The Seed Centre started in 2013 with 45 schools participating in this programme.

Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC), the sister company of Landskap Malaysia, has a broader vision. It focuses on the conservation and preservation of tropical rainforest plant species besides enhancing the efforts of other related NGO’s in cultivating and maintaining a stable ecosystem.

TRCRC is involved in conservation and preservation projects in Merisuli, Sabah and Lojing Highlands in Kelantan.

Its Tropical Rainforest Training meanwhile focuses on human capital development. The programme’s primary objective is to provide broad-based education and training for upper secondary school leavers so they can become skilled personnel in the rainforest conservation industry.

Upon graduation, participants can become nursery supervisors, forest rangers, tree identifiers, conservation site supervisors, plot surveyors, seed collectors and other related professions.

During the nine-month training course, trainees will be exposed to on-the-job training to develop their skills and understanding of relevant subject matter.

Trainees will also be involved in programmes undertaken by Landskap Malaysia and TRCRC to provide them better exposure to the real working environment.