Penang Hill Biosphere Reserve: Many Hearts and Minds Made It Possible

By Allen Tan

January 2022 COVER STORY
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Photo by: The Habitat Penang Hill
IT WAS in October 2016 when the first tentative steps were taken to obtain the Unesco Biosphere Reserve (UBR) status and recognition for Penang Island under Unesco's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, according to Reza Cockrell, co-founder of The Habitat.Its catalyst was in fact a symposium that discussed the importance of conserving Penang Hill's rainforests, organised by The Habitat and its partners, the School of Biological Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), the California Academy of Sciences and Tree Foundation....

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Allen Tan

is a lawyer by training and an environmentalist by accident. He is proud to be working through The Habitat to prove that business can be a force for good.