The Malaysian bat conservation research unit: From a national model to an international network

T. Kingston, Juliana Senawi, E. Nurul-Ain, R. Hashim, Zubaid Akbar Mukhtar Ahmad

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Abstract

To have even a small chance of averting the crisis decimating Southeast Asian biodiversity, conservation researchers and practitioners need to provide policy makers with information that can guide their decisions. Particularly needed are realistic projections of the responses of diversity to different planning or policy decisions, and the attendant ecological and economic consequences of these responses. Unfortunately, there is a substantial short-fall between the information needed and our capacity to provide it, but we suggest that collaborative efforts that integrate research, capacity building and outreach can both accelerate knowledge development and transfer within the research community, and promote public understanding and appreciation of biodiversity, particularly of low-profile or unpopular taxa. The Malaysian Bat Conservation Research Unit (MBCRU) was established in 2001 to promote the conservation of Malaysia's unique but threatened bat diversity through long-term conservation research, capacity building and outreach. Here we summarize the main activities of this integrated program, and trace the scale-up of the MBCRU model to the regional level with the launch in 2007 of the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMalaysian Applied Biology
Volume41
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Biodiversity research
  • Capacity building
  • Chiroptera
  • Networks
  • Outreach
  • SEABCRU

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

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Kingston, T., Senawi, J., Nurul-Ain, E., Hashim, R., & Mukhtar Ahmad, Z. A. (2012). The Malaysian bat conservation research unit: From a national model to an international network. Malaysian Applied Biology, 41(2), 1-10.

The Malaysian bat conservation research unit : From a national model to an international network. / Kingston, T.; Senawi, Juliana; Nurul-Ain, E.; Hashim, R.; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar.

In: Malaysian Applied Biology, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2012, p. 1-10.

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Kingston, T, Senawi, J, Nurul-Ain, E, Hashim, R & Mukhtar Ahmad, ZA 2012, 'The Malaysian bat conservation research unit: From a national model to an international network', Malaysian Applied Biology, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 1-10.
Kingston, T. ; Senawi, Juliana ; Nurul-Ain, E. ; Hashim, R. ; Mukhtar Ahmad, Zubaid Akbar. / The Malaysian bat conservation research unit : From a national model to an international network. In: Malaysian Applied Biology. 2012 ; Vol. 41, No. 2. pp. 1-10.
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