The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) deputized 30 Honorary Wildlife Rangers from civil society organisations. The training course was provided to the members of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Kuching Branch from July 9 to 11, 2019. Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) jointly sponsored the training under a European Union funded and BirdLife International led forest governance project in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.
Through the Honorary Wildlife Ranger programme, members of local communities can work hand-in-hand with SFC to protect wildlife, forests, and natural environments. Honorary Wildlife Rangers play an important role in managing protected areas such as national parks, and help to monitor illegal activities, such as poaching, by reporting the actions to SFC.
The course included both theory and field activities at Matang Wildlife Centre, including training on biodiversity, habitat types, wildlife status, threats, roles and responsibilities of an Honorary Wildlife Ranger, and public speaking skills.