Ford Announces Recipients of 2014 Conservation and Environmental Grants in Malaysia

  • Ford selects eleven local conservation and environmental projects as 2014 Conservation and Environmental Grants recipients
  • The organisations will use their grants – with a combined value of RM150,000 – to carry out environmental education programmes, seed new forests, restore mangroves and marine ecosystems and monitor the health of Malaysia’s coastlines
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 5 December, 2014– Ford Motor Company today announced the recipients of its 2014 Conservation and Environmental Grants (CEG) Programme in Malaysia, together with local partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC).

    The eleven grant recipients will receive a combined total of RM150,000 to carry out their environmental preservation, conservation and education projects.

    Ford received 53 applications from a wide range of organisations from its 2014 CEG call for entries, including schools, universities, NGOs, community groups and public entities.

    “The number and quality of applications we received this year shows more and more Malaysians are taking an active role in preserving their local environment, and Ford is proud to help support these efforts,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.

    The 11 recipients include:

    1. Ecocentric Transitions, recipient of a RM9,750 grant for their worm farm project, designed to generate compost and breed compost worms. The farm forms part of an edible garden, and actively involves local school children.

    2. EcoKnights, recipient of a RM20,700 grant for their Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp, which equips youth with knowledge to live sustainably and to spread the message among their peers.

    3. Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University, recipient of a RM11,250 grant for their CAREton Project to collect beverage cartons, to be upcycled into roofing tiles for Orang Asli homes.

    4. Juara Turtle Project, recipient of a RM 9,900 grant for education and awareness raising activities surrounding the sea turtle conservation efforts in Pulau Tioman.

    5. Nature Classroom, recipient of a RM9,300 grant for their Saving the Penang’s Seagrass: Snap Our Seagrasses! project to help conserve the least known Penang seagrass bed through public education.

    6. Penang Inshore Fisherman Welfare Association (PIFWA), recipient of a RM9,900 grant for a collaborative effort between PIFWA and local fisherman’s groups Penaja Nelayan Jeti Warisan Ewa, Langkawi, Kedah and Komuniti Pengurusan Sumber Perikanan (KPSP) Tanjung Berembang to conserve, protect and preserve mangrove forests through education, awareness and mangrove planting.

    7. Pertubuhan Muafakat Warga Desa, recipient of a RM12,600 grant for their project to educate students on mangrove forest preservation and train rangers to build on the effort among the wider community.

    8. Sarawak Forestry, recipient of a RM 20,700 grant for their comprehensive Conservation Education Programme at Lambir Hills National Park involving select schools, agencies and local communities. This project is part of the Interactive Discovery Centre at the park.

    9. SMK Sultan Ibrahim, Johor, recipient of a RM5,400 grant for their project Go Green with Lat, giving students an interactive learning experience with cartoonist Lat, creating educational materials to be distributed and displayed around Johor Bahru.

    10. Tatana Roots, recipient of a RM30,300 grant for their ranger training sessions to build capacity and carry out activities as part of the Documentation of Traditional Knowledge of the Dusun Tatana people in Sabah. The project coaches participants on how to conserve their surrounding ecosystem, preserve their cultural heritage and build a sustainable future.

    11. Waste2Gold at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, recipient of a RM10,200 grant for their Coffee Economy: Turning Used Coffee Grounds into Gold project, which aims to reduce coffee grounds waste through conservation engineering and reuse for agriculture within local underprivileged communities.

    Deciding the recipients this year was an independent jury panel featuring experts in different areas of conservation.

    They included Dr. Sundari Ramakrishna, Conservation Director of WWF-Malaysia, Gonthong Lourdesamy, General Manager of Wild Asia, Dr. Ismail Harun, Director of the Forestry and Environment Division at Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and Professor Dr. Ahmad Ismail, Head of Department in the Department of Biology in UPM and advisor for the Environmental Education programme, run by the Malaysian Nature Society.

    Representing Ford was Yogeswaran Gurusamy, Malaysia National Zone Manager, and SDAC was represented by Calvin Foong, Brand Manager.

    About Ford’s 2014 Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme

    Since launching the global grants programme in 1983, Ford has awarded more than US$5 million in grants to hundreds of environmental projects in 60 countries, spanning Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Central America, the Middle East and Puerto Rico.

    “Ford’s legacy of caring goes back to the company’s founding and these Grants are one of the ways we go further to help improve the environment and the lives of people in local communities,” explained Westerman.

    In Asia Pacific alone, Ford has played a pivotal role in advancing environmental initiatives and the Conservation and Environmental Grants programme has become an annual event in markets ranging from Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Mongolia to Tahiti and Fiji.

    Ford Motor Company is dedicated to preserving the environment for future generations and providing ingenious environmental solutions that contribute to a sustainable planet. Initiatives such as Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants programme evidence a commitment to encourage, support and reward the actions of individuals, groups and non-profit organisations in achieving the same goal.

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