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Slow Enactment Of Wildlife Laws Spells Trouble for Conservationists

Mariani Ramli, President & Founder, Gibbon Conservation Society (GCS)

08-May-24 15:00

Slow Enactment Of Wildlife Laws Spells Trouble for Conservationists

The wildlife conservation landscape in Malaysia, is changing, and while there have been many wins, such as recent amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Act, there remains challenges, such as the delays in the actual enforcement of the Act, which threaten their efficacy. A comparison between Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah's wildlife legislation underscores the need for tailored, comprehensive frameworks to address unique ecological needs and challenges. Notably, Sabah's Wildlife Conservation Enactment (1997) exemplifies a holistic approach, emphasising habitat preservation and species conservation. The proliferation of wildlife trade on social media underscores the urgency for dedicated NGOs specialising in rescue and rehabilitation. Drawing lessons from successful collaborations in neighbouring countries, Malaysia can enhance conservation efforts by fostering partnerships between NGOs and government agencies. Transparency, accountability, and adherence to international guidelines, facilitated by Malaysia's membership in the IUCN, are paramount to safeguarding the nation's biodiversity. The Gibbon Conservation Society of Malaysia is an NGO that believes in the importance of approaching conservation from every possible angle, in order to truly solve the issues faced by our wildlife. They work towards a comprehensive approach that not only tackles rehabilitation and the wildlife trade, but also empowers individuals, collaborates with communities, and contributes to scientific research, all while spreading awareness on issues such as these, across the globe. The society submitted an application to Perhilitan under Section 12(2) for a rehabilitation permit a few years ago, but the permit has still not been approved. We speak to Mariani Ramli, the President & Founder of the Gibbon Conservation Society (GCS)  to discuss this ongoing issue, and to also find out how such delays are affecting their ongoing rehabilitation efforts, and the challenges that have arisen from the slow enforcement of these amendments in the Wildlife Act.

Produced by: Juliet Jacobs

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs

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Categories:  Law/Activismenvironment

Tags:  Wildlife Conservation Actwildlife rehabilitationthe bigger pictureearth mattersgibbon conservation societygibbon rehabilitationillegal wildlife tradeillegal pet trade

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