WWF-Malaysia pub­lishes free book for stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors, me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers

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KOTA KINABALU: WWFMalaysia re­cently pub­lished “En­vi­ron­men­tal Jar­gons and Ab­bre­vi­a­tions”, a glos­sary of en­vi­ron­men­tal terms and ab­bre­vi­a­tions for use in Sabah. This book pro­vides clear and con­cise def­i­ni­tions of con­ser­va­tion terms, be­sides in­tro­duc­ing the read­ers to the play­ers in the con­ser­va­tion scene.

It also de­fines pro­tected ar­eas and for­est re­serve classes.

Ac­cord­ing to Dato’ Dr Diony­sius Sharma, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor/ CEO of WWF-Malaysia, the book is a di­rect out­come of their 2015 En­vi­ron­men­tal Writ­ing Work­shop held in Kin­abatan­gan for jour­nal­ists and blog­gers.

“A par­tic­i­pant at the work­shop sug­gested that we cre­ate a list of en­vi­ron­men­tal terms as even a sea­soned jour­nal­ist like her­self some­times had dif­fi­cul­ties un­der­stand­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­ti­cles.”

As a for­mer wildlife bi­ol­o­gist, Dr Sharma ob­served that sci­en­tists usu­ally pub­lish their re­search in sci­en­tific jour­nals, us­ing tech­ni­cal terms that are not lay­man-friendly.

Ad­di­tion­ally, most en­vi­ron­men­tal ar­ti­cles in the me­dia writ­ten by con­ser­va­tion­ists also fol­low the same style.

He con­tin­ued, “Peo­ple will only want to con­serve some­thing they un­der­stand, and they can only un­der­stand what they know. We hope that this book makes it eas­ier for ev­ery­one to digest con­ser­va­tion is­sues and will em­power them to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The book is free for stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors and me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers, while oth­ers can get it for a to­ken do­na­tion of RM10. It can be col­lected at WWF-Malaysia’s of­fice at Cen­tre Point Com­plex by con­tact­ing Brian Richard at brian.richard@wwf.org.my

“We all have a role to play in pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment,” said Dr Sharma, be­fore con­clud­ing, “To­gether, ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble.”

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Jar­gons & Ab­bre­vi­a­tions book pub­lished by WWF-Malaysia.

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