SBC celebrates Biodiversity Day May 14-15

SBC lines up intriguing public talks and activities on May 14th and 15th in conjunction with Biodiversity Day 2016

School children participating in science games during SBC’s previous Biodiversity Day event.

School children participating in science games during SBC’s previous Biodiversity Day event.

An elusive earless lizard, safeguarding our water quality, vertical gardens, as well as gardeners from the forests will be subject matters discussed during public talks lined up by the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, come May 14th and 15th this year.

The talks are part of SBC’s Biodiversity Day celebrations and are open to members of public as an opportunity to gain insight and interact with speakers on these topics.

All the following talks will take place at SBC’s Lecture Theatre located at KM20 Jalan Borneo Heights, Semengoh.

A summary of the activities that will be taking place on May 14th and 15th 2016 during SBC’s Biodiversity Day.

A summary of the activities that will be taking place on May 14th and 15th 2016 during SBC’s Biodiversity Day.

Kicking off the talks at 2.30pm on May 14th (Saturday) will be one on the Bornean Earless Monitor Lizard.

Sharing his insights into this elusive reptile will be, Rambli Ahmad of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

Known as the Holy Grail of reptiles, the Bornean Earless Monitor Lizard is found mainly in western Borneo and highly sought after by illegal wildlife traders.

Rambli will also highlight Malaysia’s efforts towards granting the species protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES. CITES is an international treaty to protect endangered plants and animals.

A segment of the students who took part in the Recycled Art Contest in last year’s event.

A segment of the students who took part in the Recycled Art Contest in last year’s event.

An hour after gaining understanding about the earless monitor lizard, Penny Sumok, an officer with the Natural Resources and Environment Board of Sarawak (NREB) will talk about current efforts on safeguarding our water quality and how members of the public can contribute to ensuring safe and good water quality.

This session, scheduled for 3.30pm is significant for Sarawak which depends on its rivers and waterways for transportation, livelihood, water supply and biodiversity.

On the following day, May 15th, the public will be able to indulge in greenery in both urban and forest settings.

The first talk scheduled on that Sunday at 2.30pm will feature Vertical Gardens in urban landscapes.

The speaker, Veerasekaran P. Arumugam, Managing Director of Greenology, Singapore, will talk about cost effective vertical gardens for urban spaces such as roofs, building facades, walls, structures and interiors.

Known as “Living Green Skin”, these vertical gardens also assist in microclimate cooling, particularly in urbanscapes that lack natural foliage.

This talk will also be of interest to the management and owners of hotels and shopping malls that incorporate or adopt “go-green” initiatives in their businesses.

SBC’s Biodiversity Day is an opportunity for both young and old to find out about science and how discoveries are made from biodiversity.

SBC’s Biodiversity Day is an opportunity for both young and old to find out about science and how discoveries are made from biodiversity.

From urbanscapes, the following talk at 3.30pm will take the audience into the world of “Gardeners of Borneo’s Rainforest”.

Oswald Braken Tisen, Deputy General Manager of the Sarawak Forestry Corporation, will delve into “natural gardeners” that sustain our forests.

He will highlight how natural interaction of biodiversity contributes towards healthy environments and people.

A special segment on mysteries of the Bornean forests, its superstitions and legends will also be featured by Braken who has spent many years traversing and researching the forests.

Other than these talks, SBC has also lined up many other activities targeted at experiential learning and sharing, during its Biodiversity Day event.

These activities, recommended for families with children and students include learning from traditional knowledge of Sarawak’s very own indigenous communities, as well as exhibitions, fun and games on biodiversity and science.

Primary school children will also have the opportunity to participate in Endangered Species Colouring and Recycled Art contests while the adults and parents can shop to their hearts’ content at the booths featuring plants and community products.

SBC’s Biodiversity Day is held annually in conjunction with the International Day for Biological Diversity which is observed every May 22nd.

Members of the public are invited to SBC’s Biodiversity Day event on both 14th and 15th May from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Parking spaces and shuttle services will be provided at neighbouring departments and agencies in Semengoh.

Those interested in attending the public talks and who wish to find out about the activities can contact Nurulliza Murtadza or Asha Kaushal via telephone (082-610610) or email biosar@sbc.org.my.

Information on the event can also be viewed at SBC’s website (www.sbc.org.my).

Social media users are encouraged to “like” SBC’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sarawak.biodiversity.centre) for updates.

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