Royal Belum Hornbill Expenditure and Birdwatching Training

Malaysia is one of the 12 ‘megadiversity’ countries of the world and boasts a remarkable 742 species of birds, the equivalent of 8% of the world’s total population. Putting that into account, ECOMY has done a project that would encourage people to incorporate bird-watching as they train to be nature guides. Malaysia is seen as a potentially important country to develop birdwatching as a serious tourism product and is dependent on enhancement and the quality maintenance of the natural resources (i.e. birds and their habitats) whereby expert knowledge is needed. Set up as a 3-day programme at Royal Belum, it is hoped to develop nature guides who would be able to conduct interpretative bird-watching tours efficiently.

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