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BSBCC Participates in GEF SGP Workshop & Seminar

Photo & text by Gloria Ganang

It was a great honor for me and my colleague Risnayati to be part of the workshop & seminar organized by GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)Malaysia held at the Crystal Crown Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The National GEF-SGP Grantees Workshop was held on the 20th November 2014 where approximately 30 projects funded by GEF-SGP gathered and shared about their projects, the challenges they face and how the GEF SGP has helped projects to happen through provision of funding.

BSBCC received funding from GEF SGP in 2013. This has helped us in developing our Centre as an education Centre for sun bears and their habitat. With SGP funding, signboards were able to be installed along our trails and observation platform to provide information to visitors about the least known bear. The grant also gave us the opportunity to go out to the local schools and promote awareness and education to the younger generations about sun bears.


The day started with the grantees setting up their booths in the activity hall. Photo: Risnayati standing beside BSBCC booth


Hyrul from Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest Association putting up their display materials


Setting up booth: Persatuan Kebajikan Nelayan-Nelayan Pantai Pulau Pinang


Handmade crafts displayed by Community-Led Environmental Awareness For Our River


Home made compost samples prepared by Consumers’ Association of Penang


BC Initiative booth visited by other grantee members

Every session of the workshop started with an ice breaking activity to encourage grantees from different projects to know each other and each other’s project. Everyone gets into groups that comprises of different people from different projects.


David Lee, GEF SGP National Coordinator was the host during the workshop.


Group discussion about challenges faced by grantees


Group presentation and sharing of opinions

I would say that the workshop was very informative, interactive and productive. It definitely achieved its objectives of intra-networking establishment among grantees and creating opportunities for collaboration between projects from all over Malaysia. I am totally impressed with the diversity of projects that GEF SGP Malaysia is funding.

I’m sure we all benefited each other by participating in the workshop. We’ve got everyone’s name card by the way to keep in touch! Well done David Lee and Lai Sook Mei for organizing the workshop! It was really a successful one!


The workshop ended with..what else? Group photo!


Here comes the slightly more formal event, the Seminar!

Once again, the grantees set up their booth in the hall first thing in the morning followed by a mingling session before the seminar started. The guess of honor was Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment.

Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik delivering his opening remarks during the seminar

Datuk Dr. Abdul Rahim Nik during his opening remarks at the seminar

Presentation of mock cheques to new grantees:  Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Ecoknight

This was followed by presentation of mock cheque to new grantees. Photo: Mock cheque presentation to Pertubuhan Alam Sekitar Ecoknights

Presentation of mock cheque to new grantees: Sabah Women Entreprenures & Professionals Association

Mock cheque presentation to Sabah Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals Association

The line of new grantees of GEF SGP

The line of new GEF SGP grantees

The seminar continued with sharing of testimonies from SGP grantees.


A representative from TONIBUNG shared about the tremendous works they do to supply power in remote villages of Sabah through microhydro. Thanks to GEF SGP for providing the funds and making this all possible!

A representative from Persatuan Pengguna Pulau Pinang sharing on healthy methods & practices on organic farming.

A representative from Consumers’ Association of Penang sharing on healthy methods & practices of organic farming

It was my turn finally to share about BSBCC's achievement so far through partnerships and helps from many indivuals & organizations.

It was my turn finally to share about BSBCC’s achievement so far through partnerships and helps from many individuals & organizations


Q & A session with the presenters

Q & A session with the presenters

After the breathtaking session learning about the inspiring works of different projects in Malaysia, the finale of the seminar was a panel discussion on opportunities for partnership.

The panelists

The panelists during the seminar

Once again we would like to thank GEF SGP for your support towards BSBCC and for hosting these meaningful and worthwhile events. Congratulations David & Sook Mei for making this a success!

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Team Retreat for BSBCC

In preparation for our upcoming sixth year of operating as the BSBCC, and our transition into being a fully-functioning education center that will be open to the public 7 days a week, we took an important day-and-a-half out of our busy bear schedule for a staff retreat.  We were very grateful to accept facilitation for the retreat from our partner organization LEAP (Land Empowerment Animal People) and leadership in team communication throughout the retreat from LEAP’s CEO and founder, Cynthia Ong.

During our time at the retreat, we created a timeline of each team member’s introduction with the centre, along with positive and negative experiences, which was inspiring and enlightening for us all. We also spend time discussing various aspects of the BSBCC that affect our overall progress, our ideals for successful rehabilitation and centre management, as well as, aspects that we look forward to developing.  It was an engaging opportunity for the BSBCC team and LEAP to reiterate our mission, goals and vision for a successful centre and healthy transition into the new and improved Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre of 2014 and beyond.





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Training Workshop on Surveillance and Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases from Wildlife

Text by Tee Thye Lim
Photo by  Dr. Sen Nathan and Tee Thye Lim

Avian Influenza, HIV/AIDS, SARS, and H1N1 are the types of diseases that share one common trait – they are animal-related. In other words, they are zoonotic diseases which are able to transmit between animals and humans.

A 4-day Regional Training Workshop on Surveillance and Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases from Wildlife was held starting on the 26th November 2012. The workshop was organized by the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) cooperating with EcoHealth Alliance (partner of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT) program).

Crews from Sabah Wildlife Rescues Unit (WRU), Sabah Wildlife Health Unit (WHU), Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC) were invited to participate in the workshop to learn more about the emerging infectious diseases from wildlife, since most of the participants will be the front line dealing with wildlife, knowledge on safety precautions and diseases is very important in order to avoid unhappy incidents.

The EPT program consists of four projects: PREDICT, RESPOND, IDENTIFY and PREVENT. Within these four days, the workshop covered the part of PREDICT project. As a PREDICT partner, country coordinator of EcoHealth Alliance, Mr. Tom Hughes has launched a research with a connection between local conservation and global health. PREDICT partners locate their research in the geographic “hot spot” and focus on wildlife that is most likely to carry zoonotic diseases-animals such as bats, rodents, and non-human primates.

All the participants of Training Workshop on Surveillance and Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases from Wildlife and the speaker, Mr. Tom Hughes.


Anaesthetizing always be prior to euthanasia.

The workshop covered the practices and topics below:

1.    Zoonoses of rodents, primates and bats

2.    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Hand Washing

3.    Laboratory Safety

4.    Sample Storage

5.    Animal Capture for Sampling

6.    Discussion On Field Site Selection and Deep Forest Sampling Methods and Effort

7.    PPE Equipment Demonstration

8.    Mask Fit Test

9.    Sampling, Identification, and Data Collection

One of the session of the workshop. Know which type of mask FIT your face !!


Dr. Nigel Hicks was doing his mask fit test.

When sampling at the field, remember that safety comes first. We do not know what kind of diseases are being carried by the sampling target, it could be dangerous or vital. By understanding the zoonotic diseases, the threat can be minimized by wearing proper PPE like gloves, masks and protection goggles.  This practice plays an important role in the prevention of zoonotic diseases.

When sampling wildlife, animal welfare comes first. Proper techniques of restraining and handling animals were practiced during the workshop. This session aims to show participants how improper techniques can potentially harm the animals or handler. During this workshop, bats and rodents were chosen as samples to show participants a proper way of carrying out a sampling.

Jimmy (Right) and Mei Ho (Left) were demonstrating how to handle a bat with a proper way.

The “Three-Rs” strategies were introduced and practiced during the workshop. The Rs stand for:

Replacement: Consider environmental sampling

Reduction: Fewest animals

Refinement: Most humane, least invasive techniques

The main idea of the “Three-Rs” concept is to minimize the impact of sampling to the wildlife population.

The Training Workshop on Surveillance and Prevention of Emerging Infectious Diseases from Wildlife ended on 29th Nov 2012 with handing over of certificates to all the participants.

Now BSBCC has something on PPE that needs to catch up. Some rules and regulations may need to be added into our list to be applied in our Centre soon!!