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WCC 2020 Res 079 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN SSC Orchid Specialist Group 2021-2025
IUCN Constituent type: 
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
South and East Asia
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2021-2025 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Selangor Forestry Department, Forest Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM), Sarawak Forestry Department (SFD)
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingFor years, we have been rescuing wild orchids from felled trees in logging concessions in Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak for re-establishment in restored habitat and in the nursery for combined in- and ex-situ conservation.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
In 2019, we established the Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin Conservatory, in collaboration with the Selangor Forestry Department in Fraser’s Hill, as part of joint conservation and research efforts. In recent years, we have also been building partnerships with timber companies to promote orchid conservation. For example, in a project spearheaded by Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) Senior Assistant Director Ms. Runi Sylvester Pungga, we established a project with Anap-Muput Forest Management Unit (FMU) to identify alternative benefits and generate income from a rescue-propagation-conservation initiative, includes setting up an ex-situ conservation and rehabilitation centre in Sarawak (in a collaboration between Universiti Putra Malaysia, Forestry Department of Sarawak and Anap-Muput FMU.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessWe hope that this project will serve as a model for orchid conservation and rehabilitation by highlighting opportunities for positive collaboration between researchers, government agencies and timber companies. We hope that this will lead to the establishment of facilities to enable the ex-situ conservation of germplasm for propagation and other research activities.
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