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Malaysia is one of the world’s megadiverse countries, meaning it is one of the top biodiversity-rich countries. Its marine protected areas represent a wide range of habitats including, coral reefs, sea grasses and mangrove forests.

Malaysia is a signatory to the Convention of Biological Diversity. To assist in achieving the Aichi Targets, Malaysia has developed a National Policy on Biological Diversity (2016 – 2025), and one of the workstreams is to have 20% terrestrial and 10% marine protected areas by 2025. As of 2019, terrestrial protected areas in Malaysia stand at roughly 14% and marine parks at 5%.

A National Framework for Protected Areas is currently being set up to facilitate the identification, recognition and management of protected and conserved areas effectively. The implementing partner and secretariat for the IUCN Green List in Malaysia is WWF-Malaysia, their strategy encompasses Federal- and State-level advocacy actions to strengthen biodiversity conservation through mainstreaming protected areas.

Related Sites

IUCN Green List Programme in Malaysia

Download the adapted IUCN Green List Standard for Malaysia

Related Expert Assessment Group (EAGL): Malaysia

Overview

Date of Approval
19/09/2017

Status
EAGL fully trained

EAGL Chair
Siti Zuraidah Abidin – EAGL Chair

EAGL Members

Rambli Ahmad

Ecologist, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC)
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Rambli Ahmad

Protected Areas, wildlife enforcement, habitat and species conservation

Rambli Ahmad started working in protected area and conservation related work in 1988, conducting and developing environmental education and interpretation programme in national parks aimed at students and teachers, people living within and adjacent to protected areas, and visitors to the parks. His other work include wildlife enforcement, developing park products and promoting ecotourism in protected areas. Later, his work dealt with habitat and species conservation. On conservation of species, Rambli works on the management of estuarine crocodile, being a member of Crocodile Specialist Group, and established Bako Buntal Bay as an East Asia Australasia Flyway Network Site. He has a deep interest in cave explorations, exploring the great caves in Gunong Mulu National Park since 1996 and was very involved in karst conservation and management in Sarawak. He also has some experience working on the assessment of High Conservation Value for forest management units preparing for certification. Before retiring from Sarawak Forestry Corporation as the head of Strategic Planning and International Engagement in 2023, Rambli was involved as one of the principal negotiators for Malaysia on the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) during the 15th Conference of Parties of the Convention of Biodiversity.



Aazani Mujahid

Senior Lecturer in Physical Oceanography, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
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Aazani Mujahid

Marine Biodiversity and Conservation; Physical Oceanography; Climate Change Adaptation;; Marine Social, Education and Awareness

Dr Aazani has experience and networks with the local coastal and riverine communities in Sarawak on national and international initiatives within the field of marine biodiversity and conservation; climate change adaptation; and education and awareness of coastal communities. She works towards engaging the local government, community based practitioners, academia, local industry partnerships and local media. As Malaysia’s representative to the CTI-CFF Women’s Leaders Forum, she in committed to project prioritising gender issues, and on various projects pressing the important Role of Women and engaging with the youth in marginalised villages previously identified as vulnerable to climate change and land use changes. She was also one of the lead assessors for Malaysia’s first Green List site, SIMCA.



Arsir Abdul

Senior Assistant Director, Department of Wildlife & National Parks (DWNP), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Arsir Abdul

Protected Area Management; Geographical Information System (GIS); Boundary and Buffer Zone Management; SMART; Tactical Operation
Ts. Arsir Abdul is the Senior Assistant Director for the Protected Areas Division of Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP). He oversees the PAME programme including METT assessment, the IUCN Green List and capacity building in DWNP. He is also oversees PA Monitoring System (Protection System) include technological applications/ software at the PA site such as Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART), Drone, Camera Trapping, GIS analysis and GNSS Technologies and geospatial technological programme in the department which provides technical expertise related to wildlife conservation and protected area management.

He has over 10 years of experience in managing the Tengku Hassanal Wildlife Reserve, formerly known as Krau Wildlife Reserve, a Protected Area under DWNP and is now overseeing the overall PA Management in Peninsular Malaysia at DWNP Headquarters. Arsir holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours.) Biology from UiTM and is a Professional Technologist (Ts.) as recognised by the Malaysian Board of Technologists in geospatial technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).



Bee Hong YEO

Managing Director, Expanse Consulting Sdn. Bhd.
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Bee Hong YEO

Natural Capital Valuation; Sustainable Finance; Project Design and Evaluation

Bee Hong is an environmental economist with a multi-disciplinary background in economics, environmental management and statistics. She has over 20 years of experience providing strategic solutions in the areas of conservation finance, economic valuation of natural capital, protected areas management, and project design, monitoring and evaluation. Bee Hong previously held senior positions in WorldFish, an international research organisation that harnesses fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty and in WWF-Malaysia. Bee Hong graduated with a M.Sc. in Environmental Resource Economics from University College London, UK, MA in Statistics from University Malaya and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management from the University of York, UK.

She is a founding member of the Malaysian EAGL and elected as Chair from 2019 to 2021.



Chin Sing Yun

Conservation Programme Leader, Wilmar International
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Chin Sing Yun

Environment Sustainability; High Conservation Value; Community-based Conservation; Protected Area and Forest Management;  Wetland Conservation; Ecotourism; BMP in Plantations

Yun is a sustainability practitioner with 20 years of working experience in conservation. Her areas of focus include the management of protected areas, High Conservation Value (HCV) areas, community-based conservation, and promoting best management practices and sustainability in the oil palm industry. Currently, she works as the Conservation Programme Leader for Wilmar, managing and implementing Wilmar’s conservation strategies, action plans, conservation projects, and HCV management in Malaysia. She also provides support on the No Deforestation, No Peat commitment and HCV-High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) related issues. She holds a BSc in Forestry from the University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and an MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent, UK. She is a registered HCSA practitioner and a member of the RSPO Biodiversity & High Conservation Value (BHCV) Working Group. She strongly believes that sustainability and conservation goals can only be achieved through a pragmatic approach and working together with multi-stakeholders.



Cynthia Chin

Senior Project Manager, Sarawak Conservation Programme, WWF-Malaysia
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Cynthia Chin

Wildlife Ecology; Community Engagement; Forest Management Certification; High Conservation Values; Environmental Policies

Cynthia Chin received her BSc. (Env.Sci)(Hon.) from Murdoch University in Western Australia; and her MSc.(Conservation Biology) from UNIMAS in Sarawak. Currently she is the Programme Lead at WWF-Malaysia (Sarawak Programme) and oversees the implementation of WWF’s strategy in Sarawak. Her experience varies across a range of conservation topics, from biodiversity conservation to indigenous hunting patterns; protected area management, community engagement and conservation, conservation policy, green economy, sustainable livelihoods and conservation education. Cynthia has over 24 years’ experience in the field of conservation, and has worked within government as well as in NGOs in all this time. She carried out studies on hunting patterns and hunting pressure on wildlife in timber extraction areas in the Ulu Baram region of Sarawak, and has worked with different communities on co-management of natural resources throughout Sarawak.



Julia Ng Su Chen – EAGL Secretary

Project Development, Nature Based Solutions Malaysia
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Julia Ng Su Chen – EAGL Secretary

Landscape and jurisdictional approaches; Collaborative governance; Wildlife conservation; Coach for the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation

Julia has over 15 years of experience in conservation project management in Malaysia, focusing on jurisdictional and landscape approaches. She has published three peer reviewed papers on the Sabah Jurisdictional Approach for Sustainable Palm Oil Initiative. Her skillsets include project planning and management, often collaborating with government and private industries. She is an “Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation” coach and has provided strategic facilitations for the planning of terrestrial conservation projects in Malaysia. She holds a dual Ph.D. in Science and the Environment from the School of Agriculture, Food, Biology and Environmental Health (ABIES), AgroParisTech University, France and the Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forestry Products (INTROP), University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia.



Nadzirah Hosen

Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTMJB)
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Nadzirah Hosen

Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Local Community; Indigenous Community; Cultural values World Heritage Site; Urban and Regional Planning; Tourism Planning; Climate Change Adaptation

 

With a background in urban and regional planning, Nadzirah has developed a foundational understanding of the complex relationship between human settlements and environmental sustainability. As a young academic with a strong interest in cultural values, her work is focused on understanding and documenting the sophisticated ways Indigenous communities manage and protect natural resources. This focus not only emphasises the profound connection that exists between cultural practices and environmental stewardship, but also highlights the significance of Indigenous knowledge systems in biodiversity conservation and informing sustainable development. Her separate but complementary research stream in tourism planning, particularly in protected areas, aims to develop long-term tourism strategies that honour and preserve these cultural and environmental legacies. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of cultural values, environmental conservation, and sustainable tourism, with the goal of promoting a harmonious balance between cultural preservation and nature conservation. Nadzirah has been appointed as the IUCN WCPA Young Professional Regional Focal Point for Southeast Asia. This role amplifies her commitment to promoting sustainable development and environmental protection across the region.



Robecca Jumin

Head of Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Programme, WWF-Malaysia
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Robecca Jumin

Marine science, marine protected area management, natural resource management, community consultation

Robecca Jumin is currently leading the Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Programme of WWF-Malaysia, working on habitat (forest, freshwater and mangroves) conservation, species protection (Orangutan, elephants, commercially targeted species) and footprints reduction (oil palm). Previously, she led the Marine Programme of WWF-Malaysia, working on three strategies to sustain fisheries and seafood, conserve and effectively manage coastal and marine ecosystem, and protect marine turtles as a flagship species for endangered species. She completed her Ph.D. in 2015 in Marine Science (Environmental and Resource Management Plan for the Proposed Tun Mustapha Park) from the University Malaysia Sabah. She completed her Ph.D. while working with WWF-Malaysia, facilitating and building support for the establishment of the Tun Mustapha Park, the first multiple-use park in Malaysia. Her Ph.D. focused on natural resource management and spatial planning.



Siti Zuraidah Abidin – EAGL Chair

Programme Lead, Peninsular Malaysia Terrestrial Conservation Programme, WWF-Malaysia
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Siti Zuraidah Abidin – EAGL Chair

 Protected Areas Management; Management Effectiveness Assessment; Freshwater Conservation

Siti Zuraidah Abidin is the Programme Lead for the Peninsular Malaysia Terrestrial Conservation Programme at WWF-Malaysia. She leads the advocacy work towards improving protection of key priority conservation areas in the programme from the aspects of legal and policy engagement, building scientific justification, exploring financing mechanism, among others. She also conducts protected areas management effectiveness assessment for various Protected Areas throughout Malaysia and was pivotal in the development of the Master List of Protected Areas in Malaysia, an initiative to compile Malaysia’s terrestrial and marine protected areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, USA.


Wong Pui May

Project Manager, Yayasan Sime Darby-supported project
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Wong Pui May

Protected area management; Law enforcement support; Multi-stakeholder coordination; Collaboration with Orang Asli; Environmental education and outreach; Communications; Policy advocacy

 

May holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and an MPhil in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge. After over 15 years of working in nature conservation in Peninsular Malaysia, partnership is the cornerstone of her work philosophy. Through her stints with TRAFFIC in Southeast Asia, Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT) Secretariat’s Office, Rimba and Nature Based Solutions, she has worked with people from very diverse backgrounds, from government/ corporate partners to urban/ rural community partners. She is also a member of the Malaysian Nature Society, Malaysia’s oldest conservation NGO. Her current interests are in environmental justice issues and the Wellbeing Economy.



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