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Ford, together with its local partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), has announced the recipients for its 2014 Conservation and Environmental Grants (CEG) programme. Eleven organisations have been named, and will receive a combined total of RM150,000 to carry out their environmental preservation, conservation and education projects.

The automaker received 53 applications from a wide range of organisations from its 2014 CEG call for entries, including schools, universities, NGOs, community groups and public entities. Deciding the recipients for this year’s programme was an independent jury panel featuring experts in different areas of conservation.

The 11 recipients are:

  • Ecocentric Transitions, recipient of a RM9,750 grant for its worm farm project, designed to generate compost and breed compost worms. The farm forms part of an edible garden, and actively involves local school children.
  • EcoKnights, recipient of a RM20,700 grant for its Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp, which equips youth with knowledge to live sustainably and to spread the message among their peers.
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences, UCSI University, recipient of a RM11,250 grant for its CAREton Project to collect beverage cartons, to be upcycled into roofing tiles for Orang Asli homes.

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  • Juara Turtle Project, recipient of a RM 9,900 grant for education and awareness raising activities surrounding the sea turtle conservation efforts in Pulau Tioman.
  • Nature Classroom, recipient of a RM9,300 grant for its Saving the Penang’s Seagrass: Snap Our Seagrasses! project to help conserve the least known Penang seagrass bed through public education.
  • Penang Inshore Fisherman Welfare Association (PIFWA), recipient of a RM9,900 grant for a collaborative effort between PIFWA and local fisherman’s groups Penaja Nelayan Jeti Warisan Ewa, Langkawi, Kedah and Komuniti Pengurusan Sumber Perikanan (KPSP) Tanjung Berembang to conserve, protect and preserve mangrove forests through education, awareness and mangrove planting.
  • Pertubuhan Muafakat Warga Desa, recipient of a RM12,600 grant for its project to educate students on mangrove forest preservation and train rangers to build on the effort among the wider community.

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  • Sarawak Forestry, recipient of a RM 20,700 grant for its comprehensive Conservation Education Programme at Lambir Hills National Park involving select schools, agencies and local communities. This project is part of the Interactive Discovery Centre at the park.
  • SMK Sultan Ibrahim, Johor, recipient of a RM5,400 grant for its project Go Green with Lat, giving students an interactive learning experience with cartoonist Lat, creating educational materials to be distributed and displayed around Johor Bahru.
  • Tatana Roots, recipient of a RM30,300 grant for its ranger training sessions to build capacity and carry out activities as part of the ‘Documentation of Traditional Knowledge of the Dusun Tatana people in Sabah’. The project coaches participants on how to conserve their surrounding ecosystem, preserve their cultural heritage and build a sustainable future.
  • Waste2Gold at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, recipient of a RM10,200 grant for its Coffee Economy: Turning Used Coffee Grounds into Gold project, which aims to reduce coffee grounds waste through conservation engineering and reuse for agriculture within local underprivileged communities.