Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  • KUCHING - With modern textbooks and conventional Western knowledge almost completely replacing the oral traditions of our ancestors, Sarawak is at risk of totally losing our traditional knowledge handed down through generations orally or through observation of practice.

    This knowledge includes how indigenous communities have used our environment’s natural biodiversity for food, medicine, health, personal care and a host of other applications.

    “A lot of this knowledge is transmitted orally, not written,” said Margarita Naming, Sarawak Biodiversity Centre’s (SBC) senior research officer leading the Traditional Knowledge Documentation programme.

    Fortunately, this knowledge is still retained by the older generations.

    Unfortunately, the younger generation in certain communities are not interested in learning this traditional knowledge.

    For others, says Margarita, the effort of documenting traditional knowledge is not a major concern and they often overlook its importance.

    “The usual thought for some of these communities is – ‘There is still a lot (of information left), they are in my backyard.’

    But the research officer emphasised that if we did not document it, we will lose it.

    “If we lose the older generation who retain all these knowledge, it is like a library that has burnt down.”

    Source: The Borneo Post Seeds

  • Dr Ronald OrensteinThe Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) and the Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch (MNSKB) will jointly organise a programme on Dragonfly watching over the weekend of 27 and 28 August.

  • Dr. Thomas E. LovejoyDr. Thomas E. Lovejoy is an innovative and accomplished conservation biologist who in 1980 coined the term “biological diversity.” In 2010 he was elected professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University.

    He is senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. He served as president of the Heinz Center from 2002 to 2008 and held the Biodiversity Chair until the center closed at the end of 2013.

    Before assuming this position, Lovejoy was the World Bank’s chief biodiversity advisor and lead specialist for environment for Latin
    America and the Caribbean. Spanning the political spectrum, Lovejoy has served on science and environmental councils under the Reagan,
    Bush and Clinton administrations.

    At the core of these many influential positions are Lovejoy’s seminal ideas, which have formed and strengthened the field of conservation biology. In the 1980s, he brought international attention to the world’s tropical rain forests, and in particular the Brazilian Amazon, where he has worked since 1965.

    Lovejoy also developed the now ubiquitous “debt-for-nature” swap programs and led the Minimum Critical Size of Ecosystems project. He founded the series Nature, the popular long-running program on public television.

    Thomas Lovejoy has worked on the interaction between climate change and biodiversity since the mid-1980s. Some of the products are Global Warming and Biological Diversity with Robert L Peters (1992), Climate Change and Biodiversity with Lee Hannah (2005) and Changing the Biosphere with Lee Hannah (submitted).

    In his talk, he will describe current impacts on physical and biological nature, and projected impacts including ecosystem failure unless emissions are curbed rapidly and dramatically.

    Restoration of ecosystems (forests, grasslands, agro-ecosystems and coastal wetlands) can make an important contribution by sequestering some of the current CO2 in the atmosphere.

    Those interested in attending the talk can register by sending an email to biosar@sbc.org.my or call 082-610610 to speak to Mr Ha-Mim Marzuki or Ms Asha Kaushal, before 18 July 2016.

  • KUCHING: The state’s forest is a rich source for naturalists to discover a new species and chemists to find a new compound for new medicine and as such must be protected from unfettered logging to preserve its rich biodiversity.

  • KUCHING: The state’s forest is a rich source for naturalists to discover a new species and chemists to find a new compound for new medicine and as such must be protected from unfettered logging to preserve its rich biodiversity.

  • John CumbersThe UK Royal Society describes synthetic biology as “an emerging area of research that can broadly be described as the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, organisms or devices, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems."

  • KUCHING: Datu Sudarsono Osman has called upon corporations in Sarawak and Malaysia as well as across the globe to contribute to the state’s Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund.

  • Here at the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre I am a visiting Fulbright scholar affiliated with the Traditional Knowledge Programme. As a professional botanist, my project in Malaysia for the next five months is to meet and work with botanists, assist with documenting ethnobotanical collections, and to share and exchange ideas about herbarium management and technique. I hope and expect to learn much from my colleagues here, and I also hope to contribute what I can.

  • Luming, ChenAs a recent graduate from Yale University with a B.S. intensive in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, my main research interests lie in immunology, cancer, and drug discovery.

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    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%  100% 100% 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100% 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions  100% 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
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    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days 100%  100% 100%   100% 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100% 100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 100% 

     

       
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    Target: General Public
    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%  100% 100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%   100%
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100% 
    4 To process and make payment to creditors upon receipt of original invoice within 7 working days  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100% 
    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days 100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100% 100%  100% 
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100% 100%  100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100%  100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%   100%  100% 100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%
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    Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Target: General Public
    1 To respond to general enquiries on biodiversity, biotechnology and bioprospecting 100%   100%  100% 100%   100% 100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100% 
    2 To prepare answers to oral and written questions brought up in the State Legislative Assembly within 14 working days upon receiving the questions/official instructions 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%   100%  100%   100% 100% 
    3 To prepare and submit speeches for Ministers and other dignitaries within 14 working days of receiving official instructions 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%   100% 100%  100% 
    4 To process and make payment to creditors upon receipt of original invoice within 7 working days 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    Target: Research Community
    5 To respond to enquiries applications to carry out biodiversity research in Sarawak within 7 working days  100%  100% 100%  100%   100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100%   100%
    6 To process research applications and seek approval from the Sarawak Biodiversity Council within 30 working days from the date the application is completed 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    7 To prepare the research agreement and necessary permits for signing within 14 working days after application is approved 100%  100%  100%   100%  100%  100%  100% 100%  100%  100%  100%  100% 
    8 To provide specific analytical services (cell cytotoxic assay, GCMS) within 14 working days of receiving test samples 100%  100%  100%   100% 100%   100%  100% 100%  100%   100% 100%  100%