Santubong Nature Festival, Sarawak Reply

KUCHING: Santubong Nature Festival (SNF) is back for the second year from Nov 8 and 9 at Permai Rainforest Resort.

Conceptualised and organized by the Malaysian Nature Society-Kuching Branch (MNSKB), the first SNF was held in November 2013.
The festival is hosted by Permai Rainforest Resort and held in collaboration with Kuching City North Hall (DBKU), and with the support from Sarawak Museum, Geoscience and Mineral Department, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, Sultan Iskandar Planetarium, IBEC of Universiti Sarawak Malaysia, Ika Picture House, Sarawak Society of Prevention of Cruelty for Animal and Society of Wilderness (SOW).1 SARA 2
The festival aims to, among others, to raise public awareness about the priceless natural and historical(local and global) heritage value of the Santubong Peninsula., to showcase the tourism and recreational potential of the natural and cultural values of the Santubong Peninsula and to stimulate reflection on responsible and sustainable management of the peninsula and its surroundings.
The different activities are organized and carried out by different organisations and agencies, as their contributions to the Festival.
Cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to take part in a riding from DBKU to Permai Rainforest Resort. And along the way to Permai, cyclists will help to pick up rubbish as part of their commitment in leaving small footprint and bettering the environment.
DBKU Datuk Bandar is expected to officiate at the opening of the festival at Sepang Room..
During the opening ceremony, the organizers have arranged a special talk by an ecological restorator and educator from Australia Gerard Proust, who is also MNS member.

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A series of talk will take place at the resort’s Belian and Sepang Rooms followed by. guided walks.
Marine and chief scientist of Tropical Research and Conservation Centre Prof Steve Oakley will speak on Life On The Sea Coast.. He works on coral reef and shark conservation. He created the Green Connection Aquarium & Science Discovery centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to promote environmental awareness.
There will also be talks on History Of Santubong by Sarawak Museum, Rainforest Discovery by MNS and Santubong National Park by Sarawak Forestry Corporation .
Then there is the exciting Survivor Race. The race is for the physically fit as it comprises cycling, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming and paddling.
Admission to Permai Rainforest Resort on both days is free. Participation to all activities is also free except for dolphin watching and Survivor Race. .
There will be booths selling handicrafts, merchandise from MNS and its partners,
Early registration is necessary to take part in all the activities Email santubongnaturefestival@gmail.com.
For more information on SNF, visit http://mnskuching.blogspot.com/ and http://santubongnaturefestival.blogspot.com

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