Monday, March 14, 2011

2nd MNS CFZ Surveying and Monitoring Workshop at Similajau National Park 26-27th March 2011

Firefly larva found near Miri.

The MNS Miri Branch together with MNS Conservation Division, would like to invite participants to the 2nd MNS Miri Firefly Survey and Monitoring Workshop to be held at Similajau National Park, Bintulu, Sarawak from 26-27th March 2011.

Venue : Similajau National Park, Bintulu
Date : 26th and 27th March 2011

Our main resource for the workshop will be Sonny Wong, Senior Conservation Officer, MNS Conservation Division and Dr Mahadimenakbar Mohamed Dawood, Institute of Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation, University Malaysia Sabah. Musa Musbah, Project Executor for CFZ Survey Northern Sarawak will also be on hand to share his experiences to date with Sarawak fireflies.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses for the duration of the workshop, they will be provided materials and relevant group meals. Transport to and from fieldsites will be provided by the organisers.

MNS Miri Branch under the funding of the Congregating Firefly Zone Survey Northern Sarawak 2010 by MNS Merdeka Fund, is currently compiling a baseline data on congregating firefly zones (CFZ) of the mangrove lined rivers in Northern Sarawak.

The project started in August 2010 at the branch level and will continue until Jun 2011. The project aims to create a CFZ directory for Northern Sarawak which hopefully will eventually culminate in a number of candidate locations suitable as targets for conservation or rural eco-tourism development.

MNS Miri Branch welcomes contribution from other Branch members in East Malaysia, UNIMAS, UMS, government agencies as well as members of the public to help in the compilation of the CFZ in Northern Sarawak. It is also hoped that this work will be replicated to other regions in Sarawak as well as in Sabah. The directory will be made available to the respective State Governments for conservation of the firefly and the mangroves habitat or potential eco-tourism activities.

We hope to share the experiences and enthusiasm to date on the firefly survey and monitoring work in a two day classroom sessions and one evening fieldwork session.

At the conclusion of the workshop participants will have had good exposure about firefly conservation in Malaysia and several concrete ideas and steps to further improve the collective work in CFZ in Malaysia in general.

It is also our fervent hope that the sharing of experiences on methodology and practical learnings during the event will spur further activities in firefly survey and monitoring in Sabah and Sarawak.

Tentative timetable:-

1400-1700hrs Classroom Session
1700-2200hrs Survey Sg Similajau and Fieldtrip

0800-1200hrs Classroom Session
1200hrs Lunch
1300-1700hrs Classroom Session
1800hrs Fieldtrip (optional)

Please contact the organiser for further information:
Nazeri Abghani, MNS Miri Branch CFZ

please call 085-453185/016-8542212