About the Project

With support from Yayasan Hasanah, we are collaborating with the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia to build the capacity of key actors, partners and stakeholders working in the CFS.

This three-year project embeds a series of training and capacity building activities to identify and assess key ecosystem services in the CFS using the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA). Through this project, we will nurture and strengthen partnerships for the protection and conservation of forests in the CFS linkages.

Click here to read the project summary in Bahasa Malaysia.

Read More Key areas of the project:

  1. Establish partnerships to enable assessment of ecosystem services and conservation values across CFS
    A series of consultations and workshops will be conducted to engage with key actors including State Forestry Departments (and their partners) as well as stakeholders at state and local-level to introduce the project and explore how an ecosystem services assessment can support site-level management in the CFS.
  2. Building capacity in assessing ecosystem services using TESSA
    Central to the project is the delivery of the training components on ecosystem services assessment. We will conduct two TESSA training courses targeted at individuals who will led the implementation of TESSA at selected sites. We will also build the capacity amongst partners and stakeholders at site-level through a series of workshops and trainings on the TESSA approach. Site-level stakeholders who are interested to participate will have the opportunity to support in the application of TESSA.
  3. Assessing ecosystem services in sites across the CFS
    Project leaders will formalize their training by applying TESSA and conducting fieldwork to assess ecosystem services at the selected sites. Towards the end of the assessments, each site will generate new information about the types and amounts of ecosystem services.

This project represents the second phase of an ongoing programme to build capacity in evidence-based ecosystem services conservation and management in Malaysia. Click here to access Phase One programme.

The acceptance, willingness and support of stakeholders to protect and reconnect the forest network is critical to the success of CFS.

The acceptance, willingness and support of stakeholders to protect and reconnect the forest network is critical to the success of CFS.

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TESSA toolkit

The Toolkit is designed to provide practical guidance to non-expert users from a variety of backgrounds to conduct low-cost and accessible methods for assessing ecosystem services. TESSA will generate an evidence-base that can be used to inform decision- making for improved environmental management in priority CFS linkages.

We will also use TESSA as a platform to establish and encourage engagement and partnerships between stakeholders in the CFS.

The toolkit can be downloaded here.

TESSA is a simplified approach to identify, assess and value ecosystem services at site-level.

TESSA is a simplified approach to identify, assess and value ecosystem services at site-level.

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www.wildborneo.com.my

Capacity Building and Training Programme

This capacity building programme involves a sequence of activities that aims to build the knowledge and skills to identify and assess ecosystem services and conservation values among Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM) and State Forestry Departments State FDs) together with their partners and stakeholders across the CFS.

The programme will be conducted in the following series:

Engaging stakeholders at federal, state and site level from project onset is crucial towards building a common understanding of how local livelihoods and societal well-being are contingent on ecosystem services provided by the CFS.

Through the Inception Workshop and consultations from end-2020 to early-2021, we will work with FDPM, State FDs, partners and stakeholders to identify potential sites and individuals who will engage with the training programme as project leaders and lead the implementation of TESSA at the selected sites.

In mid-2021, we will conduct a five-day training course with project leaders that will focus on understanding ecosystem services, their roles in human well-being, the principles and approaches of their valuation. Project leaders will be trained in the application of TESSA and gain the skills needed to conduct their own assessments of ecosystem services at their selected sites in the CFS. This training component will be delivered by the Tropical Biology Association.

Upon completing Training Course One, project leaders will return to their sites for a 10-month fieldwork period. They will engage and work together with site-level stakeholders to apply the skills they have learned and use TESSA to conduct site-based assessment on ecosystem services.

We will provide mentoring, monitoring and technical support to the project leaders and their teams as they conduct fieldwork at their chosen sites.

In mid-2022, we will conduct training course two to analyze and interpret data collected from fieldwork phase one. This will be a five-day training course attended by the same project leaders. This training will include a component on communicating the findings and results from the assessment to target audiences. This training component will be delivered by the Tropical Biology Association.

After training course two, project leaders will return to their sites for a six (6) month period to complete data collection and analysis, consolidate findings, share results and seek site-level stakeholder input.

We will provide mentoring, monitoring and technical support to the project leaders and their teams as they conduct fieldwork at their chosen sites.

From end-2022 to early-2023, project leaders will convene at local and national level forum to communicate the key messages from their site-based assessments. These fora will consolidate the TESSA experience across the CFS and engage with stakeholders in discussing the priorities for conserving and protecting ecosystem services important for the CFS.

We are building the capacity of stakeholders to have the necessary skills to identify and assess key ecosystem services in the CFS.

Additional Info

For more information, contact SEARRP’s Science Impact Coordinator Nur Ili Alia Ab Doroh.