Santubong Nature Festival

KUCHING: The Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) is pleased to announce that it will be organising the inaugural Santubong Nature Festival this November. Scheduled to be held at Permai Rainforest Resort and surrounding areas in Santubong on 9th and 10th November, the event is open to MNS members and the public. Schools in Kuching and Santubong as well as local community living in Santubong are all invited to take part in the festival. The festival is co-organised with Permai Rainforest Resort and supported/sponsored by Lim Kok Wing, Friends of the Museum, Sarawak Heritage Society, and others are welcome to get involved.

The objectives of Santubong Nature Festival are:

  1. To raise public awareness of the priceless natural and historical heritage value of the Santubong Peninsula to us locally and globally;
  2. To advocate for a holistic and integrated approach to development and management of the area safeguarding its unique landscape, biodiversity and historical assets;
  3. To showcase the tourism and recreational potential of the natural and cultural values of the Santubong Peninsula; and
  4. To stimulate reflection on responsible and sustainable further management of the peninsula and its surroundings.

Interesting activities highlighting Santubong peninsula’s natural, historical and cultural heritage such as Race through Time Treasure Hunt, photography workshops, heritage walks, nature talks and tree planting will be held at the Santubong area. Lead up activities to the Santubong Nature Festival are planned. There is photography contests run by the Sarawak Photography-Art Society to be judges by the Society, and a contest for popular choice by the public via Facebook. There are Museum talks and tours for school children to be held in Kuching and Santubong peninsula. Some event are starting now, and more leading up to November. So watch out for our Facebook page for updates at http://www.facebook.com/SantubongNatureFestival or http://santubongnaturefestival.blogspot.com/

MNS KB has been carrying out activities, particularly bird-watching, in the Santubong peninsula for many years since it was set up in 1996. These regular bird-watching activities eventually resulted in Bako Buntal Bay, that forms part of the Santubong peninsula, being inscribed on the East Asian - Australasian Flyway Site Network (EAAF) last year. Bako-Buntal Bay is the first flyway network established in Malaysia and one of the world’s Important Bird Areas. In 2002, MNSKB held a major clean-up in Mount Santubong from the foothills to the peak and volunteers collected 1.2 tonnes of rubbish.

MNSKB, as a local environmental NGO, is very concerned with the overall development and well-being of Santubong peninsula. It recognises the need to develop the area, but that development should be well-planned so that development would not degrade the iconic mountain.

Land clearing for housing, tall buildings and a proposed cable car to the peak of the mountain could alter the landscape and scar Santubong’s aesthetic visual value if not properly planned.

Development taking place without sensitivity to historical and archaeological considerations would also produce many irreversible problems.

It is hoped that the Santubong Nature Festival will help to address these concerns through greater public awareness, and eventually advocate for a holistic, sustainable and integrated approach to development and management of the area.
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Santubong Nature Festival

9 - 10 November 2013

 

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