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Our Better World features Ecotourism in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

The Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP), housed in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, is pleased to congratulate their collaborator, the community organization, Kelab Alami Mukim Tg Kupang on their newly announced plans for a Nature and Heritage Centre. Kelab Alami, founded by Shalan Jum’at, a community leader in Kampong Ladang and Serina Rahman, a Visiting Research Fellow at the ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, focuses on empowering community youth through environmental awareness and education. Using the lens of ecosystem services, Kelab Alami exposes local youth to the values of the natural resources of the Johor Straits, such as the RAMSAR mangrove forests and the seagrass meadows. Kelab Alami youth are then able to translate this knowledge and desire to protect their local environment into income and community cohesion through ecotourism. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is supporting Kelab Alami’s efforts to establish a Nature and Heritage Centre, as well as to source for funding for local habitat research and documentation.

Kelab Alami works closely with MSCP during the IAP Practicum, where they help to contextualize development projects and community led preservation efforts occurring throughout Iskandar Malaysia for both MIT and UTM graduate students.

To learn more about Kelab Alami, be sure to watch this video featuring their ecotourism efforts below. 

To learn more about the Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program and their collaboration with Kelab Alami and other organizations and universities in Malaysia, watch the short introduction video below and then check out the MSCP Website.