- The Edge, Malaysia
Environmental conservation and climate change have quickly become buzz words, but many continue to ignore the issues at hand. Nigel Sizer, vice-president of Rare Asia-Pacific, an organisation that inspires conservation among those who live in the world's most bio-diverse places, talks to Jacqueline Toyad about innovative methods it employs for social change.
Sizer was in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with YTL Corp Bhd's launch of the YTL Fellowship for a Rare Planet, which receives a US$2 million contribution from the integrated infrastructure conglomerate for the support of Rare Pride programmes in Malaysia and Asia over the next four years. This fellowship will recruit more than 100 local leaders over the next four years to run Pride campaigns for forest and marine conservation as well as climate change adaptation, primarily in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the Philippines and the rest of Asia. For its first year, the fellowship has already identified 22 sites in the Coral Triangle, one of the world's richest marine eco-systems, to save its dwindling reefs and fisheries.
Ruth Yeoh, YTL Corp director of investments and granddaughter of company founder Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay, serves on Rare's board as its youngest trustee. It was she who initiated this move for the company to support Rare's community-based conservation efforts.