Banggi Environmental Awareness Centre ⏤ Malaysia (2006)

The Banggi Environmental Awareness Centre, established by WWF-Malaysia in 2003, is located in the proposed Tun Mustapha Park in the Kudat-Banggi region of Sabah, a one million-hectare marine park supporting large populations of green and hawksbill turtles. Supported in part by a 2006 SWOT Outreach Grant, WWF-Malaysia staff coordinated a series of awareness events during the fasting month of Ramadan to promote sea turtle protection within the park. Each evening’s event consisted of a presentation based on SWOT Report content, followed by activities such as constructing sea turtle models from recycled materials, cleaning up the beach, and children creating and performing a play based on local sea turtle folklore. WWF-Malaysia and Sabah Parks plan to visit 60 villages over the next six months to build support for the Tun Mustapha Park and to maintain the enthusiasm generated during the month of awareness activities.