Malaysian biodiversity conservation: NGOs get centre-stage on world climate platform

Malaysian biodiversity conservation: NGOs get centre-stage on world climate platform

The Hornbill Award is Climate Governance Malaysia’s leading initiative to support NGOs. Its partners in this initiative include corporate sponsors - Areca Capital, Astro, Better Malaysia Foundation, CIMB Foundation, Tenaga Nasional, Yayasan Hasanah, Yayasan Sime Darby), together with audit and consulting firm PwC, and leading content and media houses Eco-Business and

Launched this year, The Hornbill Award 2021 carries a prize money amount of RM105,000,which will be won by one participating NGO/CSOs for their innovative proposal in response to the theme of the competition - Biodiversity Conservation. The two-level selection process culminates at the Climate Week New York (CWNY), pegged as the largest climate event of the year. This final decision will be determined not just by the quality of the proposal, but also by an audience poll, and a video made by each participating NGO.

The Hornbill Awards initiative invited NGOs to focus on the area of Conservation, dealing with the preservation and management of biodiversity and natural resources, which are under threat in Malaysia due to climate change.

This Climate Governance Malaysia initiative is aligned to the National Biodiversity Policy’s Target 17 which anticipates that by 2025, a significant increase in funds and resources will be mobilised for the conservation of biodiversity from both government and non-government sources and specifically, Action 17.1 which recognises the need to develop coordinated partnerships with the private sector to channel funds to priority biodiversity conservation projects.

The Hornbill Award is a great opportunity for businesses to support :

  • Sustainability and climate resilience;
  • Malaysia’s commitment, under the Paris Agreement, to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 in relation to our 2005 emissions intensity of GDP, and in addition, to maintain at least 50 per cent level of forest & tree conservation; and
  • Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water), SDG15 (Life On Land) and SDG17 (Partnership for the Goals).

The six finalist NGOs will have access to a global platform to showcase their work, giving them an opportunity to promote their good work and attract funders for projects in climate action and biodiversity conservation.

It’s also an opportunity for different stakeholders to form a collective towards concerted action on climate change and biodiversity conservation.

The broader vision is for the funded project to deliver long-term benefits on biodiversity, which in turn will positively impact the environment, and the health and livelihoods of the communities in the areas defined by the project.

The six finalists at the end of Round One (from among 21 NGOs who applied) :                                 

At Round One, each application was scored objectively based on four criteria: Project Impact, Planned Project Execution, Experience & track record, and other beneficiaries (externalities). It was a tough call for the judges of Round One.

The top six that made it to the finals of the Hornbill Awards 2021:

1StopBorneo Wildlife

Project: Helmeted Hornbill protection: a community based project | Tawau, Sabah 

Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA)

Project: Bringing Back Our Rare Animals | Sabah, but hope to expand to Peninsular Malaysia

Kelab Alami Tanjung Kupang

Project: Community-led Habitat Management of the Pendas & Pulai River Estuaries | Mukim Tanjung Kupang, Gelang Patah, Johor

Marine Research Foundation (MRF)

Project: Conservation of marine megafauna in Malaysia | Sabah

Reef Check Malaysia (RCM)

Project: Mapping the marine ecosystem connectivity corridors on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia | Near coastal areas off the East coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Regional Environmental Awareness of Cameron Highlands (R.E.A.C.H)

Project: Biodiversity and educational site construction | Cameron Highlands, Pahang

Six NGOs - Each with a fabulous project! Who will Win The Hornbill Award?

Register now the grand finale at

See you on Sunday, 26 September at the Climate Week New York! Mark the Date!

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