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.
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.
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 NEXT DAY…
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.
The seminar continued with sharing of testimonies from SGP grantees.
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.
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!
Find out more about GEF Small Grants Programme at www.sgpmalaysia.org