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The Wilderness Among Us: New Horizons in Urban Nature Conservation by Benjamin Ong

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ABOUT THE TALK

We live in the Anthropocene, an age where humans might as well be gods. Across the world, rapid development, deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation are driving habitats and species to extinction faster than we can save them. More than 75 per cent of Malaysians now live in urban areas, generally disconnected from the bulk of nature conservation efforts that take place in large swathes of remaining natural ecosystem far from towns and cities.

Meanwhile, in spite of human action, nature exerts her own agency. While we encroach on wild areas, a sizeable number of plants and animals demonstrate remarkable resilience in adapting to urban settings. While urban areas are seldom associated with biodiversity conservation, patches and pathways of habitats and ecological corridors exist within the city. These support wildlife and challenge our assumptions of sterility, our understanding of urban green space, and our expectations of green cities.

This talk presents the preliminary findings of an ecological survey conducted by The Rimba Project at the Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) centre in downtown KL. It revisits a decade-old tree-planting project on the site, reviewing its progress and considering its significance amidst the backdrop of rapid development in KL’s Golden Triangle. Presenting a glimpse into the diverse animal life found in BWM’s one-hectare site, this talk argues that space can, in fact, be considered a hybrid expression of ex-situ and in-situ conservation. It is a co-produced space where human and natural agency operates in tandem, where the unexpected encounter with a bird, bat or insect may yet surprise us even as we go about our busy, busy lives.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Benjamin Ong is an ecologist based at the University of Malaya’s Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, where he founded and manages The Rimba Project, a campus sustainability and urban conservation initiative. In 2016, he was awarded a Chevening-CIMB ASEAN scholarship to study Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. He won the Chevening Green Volunteer of the Year award in 2017 for his work with the Transition University of St Andrews, a community-based sustainability organisation. Benjamin’s research interests centre on the relationship between human communities and nature, especially in the urban space. He is an avid writer and photographer. His latest book, The Backyard Before You, is a meditation on biodiversity conservation in the urban residential neighbourhood.

BWM MEMBERS’ VISIT TO MASJID DIRAJA SULTAN SULEIMAN, KLANG

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VISIT TO MASJID DIRAJA SULTAN SULEIMAN
SATURDAY, 4th AUGUST 2018
9.30 a.m 

[Limited to 50 pax]

Located in Kampung Jawa, Klang, Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman (built 1933) is gazetted as National Heritage under National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645). Badan Warisan Heritage Services was the consultant conservator for the restoration and refurbishment of the mosque from 2015 to 2017. On 3 November 2017, the mosque was reopened to the public in a ceremony officiated by HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor

The visit will be conducted by members of the conservation team.

Attire:  Suitable for entry into a mosque

Members: RM10

Non-Members: RM20 per person (Free for kids below 8)

Download registration form HERE  and RSVP to
membership@badanwarisan.org.my

GRAPHENSTONE HERITAGE CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGY: One Day Workshop in Collaboration with ICOMOS Malaysia and Badan Warisan Malaysia

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Graphenstone is a Spanish manufacturer of the ultimate technology in ecological coatings systems, unique in the market, and a game-changer of the green building concept. With lime and graphene as the main ingredients, Graphenstone is proud to announce that they are the only mineral paints in the world completely natural, 0% emissions and CO2 absorption. Their materials are the only ones with Cradle to Cradle GOLD certification, and they perform with the highest resistance, breathability, natural anti-bacteria, energy efficiency, excellent performance, amongst many other properties.

The one day workshop will include a technical lecture by Graphenstone’s Technical Director, Patricia Silva an on-site demonstration by an experienced applicator, Fenando T. Viera and a hand-on wall repair exercise by participants. The workshop will cover deterioration of heritage walls in a tropical climate and a range of technical challenges commonly faced when conserving such structures (and solutions). Participants are encouraged to share related building issues faced in their property or project at the workshop. The hands-on wall repair exercise involves selected external wall surfaces of the Badan Warisan Malaysia building at No. 2 Jalan Stonor.

Programme

10.00 am – 10.30 am Registration
10.30 am – 12.30 pm Technical Lecture by Graphenstone
12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch (provided)
2.30 pm – 3.30 pm On-site Demonstration by Graphenstone
3.30 pm – 5.00 pm Application Exercise by Workshop Participants
5.15 pm End

The admission fees are as follows:

ICOMOS/PAM/BWM Member: RM10.00

Non Member/Other: RM30.00

The workshop is limited to 50 PAX ONLY and first come first serve basis. To register, please contact ICOMOS Malaysia secretariat at 03-2202 2866 or email to admin@icomos-malaysia.org. Interested participants are encouraged to check with ICOMOS Malaysia secretariat for the available seat remaining.

Overland from Asia to Europe By Jimmy Leong

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ABOUT THE TALK

In December 2016, Jimmy Leong was part of an overland expedition from Malaysia to London which crossed the borders of 13 countries. His talk will be in two parts, starting at 10.30am and ending at 1.00pm. He will give us an insight into over 2,000 years of history and culture which he encountered on this journey, covering over 18,000 kilometers and taking 60 days, as he followed the trade routes between Asia and Europe.

Jimmy Leong is President of the Malaysian Tourist Guides’ Council. He is licensed as a tourist guide in both Malaysia and Singapore and is accredited as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide for the World Heritage Site of Malacca and George Town.

A Jewel in the Crown: Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman

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ABOUT THE TALK
Located in Kampung Jawa, Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman was built in 1932-33 in the Royal Town of Klang, Selangor and has been gazetted as National Heritage under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645).  In November 2017, the mosque was reopened to the public following its restoration and refurbishment. This talk will cover the history of the building, the conservation and restoration work and the construction of new amenities to respond to the present day needs of the qariah.

Speakers will include members of the conservation team, architects Ar. Dr. Helena Aman Hashim and Mariana Isa from Badan Warisan Heritage Services Sdn Bhd, the consultant architect, Ar. Hafizi Tan Sri Mohamed from Linea Architect Sdn Bhd and Musrizal Mat Isa from Balai Seni Negara who was involved in the restoration of the bas-relief features in the mosque.

 

VISIT TO GENTING TEA ESTATE

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VISIT TO GENTING TEA ESTATE (GTE 2018)
SUNDAY 8 APRIL 2018
10.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m

[Limited to 50 pax]

Join us for a day in the hills – courtesy of founding member, Dato’ Henry Barlow. Pack a picnic, round up your family and friends and take time out for a short escape from the madding crowd!

New members are encouraged to sign up and let us get to know you better.  We also look forward to meeting old friends and those who have not yet been able to join us on previous GTE events. Hurry now – only 50 places available!

Members: FREE

Non-Members: RM30 per person (Free for kids below 8)

Download your form HERE and RSVP to
membership@badanwarisan.org.my

Tentative programme:

10.00 a.m. Assemble at Meeting Point: Genting Sempah Rest and Recreation area – public parking in the front. We may have to carpool from this point up as there are very limited parking spaces available. SUVs will be best suited for the access road into GTE.

10.30 a.m. Brief introduction to the background of the house and estate
Walk in the estate (approximately 1 hour)
Picnic Lunch
Introduction to one of the largest private collections of moths and butterflies

 2.30 p.m.  Pack up and preparation for departure

Access to the restrooms will be indicated when we arrive at the house.

Reminder:
1) Please bring your own mats, picnic lunch & drinks. No food or drinks will be provided.
2) Due to the current weather, a change of clothes is recommended.
3) Please come prepared with proper walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent.
4) The walk into the estate is on an inclined walkway.

 

Cerita Pangkor by Faisal Abd Rahman

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ABOUT THE TALK

The Pangkor Story is a work in progress developed by Faisal and his team working closely with the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority. Originally developed as a training programme for the local taxi drivers to be Pangkor Island Guides, Faisal found that there were many cultural and heritage firsts in Pangkor that had to be documented. This has become the Pangkor Story – the Cultural Heritage Map of Pangkor Island. Want to learn about Frank Sinatra’s connection with Pangkor or who are the Kwantong in Pangkor?

Come join us and meet the team behind the project!

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

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Faisal Abd Rahman is a sought after tourism and training expert and frequently gives talks on a variety of subjects. He has developed many modules for tourist guides, cultural heritage guides, and national service trainees. Currently, he is focusing on community-based tourism initiatives.