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Date and Time: 1st Apr 2017 (Saturday) 3.30pm

Speaker: Zaharil Dzulkafly

Coordinator: Chan Kai Soon 0125315670 chankaisoon@hotmail.com

Geographical Information System (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present geographic data. With GIS, comparisons can be made for locations of different things in order to discover how they relate to each other. For example, using GIS, a single map could include sites that produce pollution, such as illegal duck and pig farms, and sites that are sensitive to pollution, such as pools located nearby. Such a map would help people determine which and how much of the wetlands are most at risk. GIS can include information about land, such as the layout and size of forest reserves, location and flow of streams and different kinds of vegetation.

Complex analysis with high precision can be made with GIS, for example, a green area is proposed to be gazetted as a protected area with these criteria taken into consideration;

1. must be at least 1000 hectares in size with at least three quarter is covered in natural vegetation;

2. currently no development within and at least 500 meters from its perimeter;

3. rivers of at least 5 km in total length with at least 50% of them originating within the area;

4. having altitude difference of at least 300 meters.

While in the earlier days GIS was very technical and only certain organizations were able to use it, it is becoming more user friendly. While some comprehensive GIS software can cost tens of thousands of Ringgit, there are also some simple ones which are free of charge for the public, NGOs etc. While some geographical datasets can be very expensive and restricted, there are also some provided for free for non-commercial purpose such as Google Earth satellite imagery and Google Maps. With certain devices affordable by the public such as handheld GPS, even an average public person can perform some GIS analysis and task.

Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

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Talk: “Wild Cambodia”
Speaker: Mr. W.K Fletcher
Date: 17 December 2016 (Sat) at 4:00pm sharp.
Venue: Perak branch building 70, Jln Chan Chee Keong, Ipoh Garden South, 31400 Ipoh

BIO

K. Fletcher and Donna Baylis first lived in Ipoh from 1982-84 to work at the Southeast Asia Tin Research and Development Centre (SEATRAD) on Tiger Lane. After close encounters with the Sumatran Rhino near Selama and Rafflesia at Ulu Geroh they became committed nature photographers. So it was only natural that in 2003, when they retired from their regular jobs in Canada, they would join the Malaysia My Second Home Programme and return to Ipoh. Since then they have used Ipoh as a base to travel around SE Asia documenting its disappearing flora and fauna. As a part of that effort they have spent one month in Cambodia every year since 2005. They work as a team with Donna taking video and K doing the photography.

Intro to Wild Cambodia talk

The Eastern Plains Landscape (EPL) occupies 30,000 square km in the northeastern part of Cambodia lying within the rain shadow of the Vietnamese Annamite Mountains. From December through early April it is hot and very dry but after the rains arrive in May the rivers flow and the plains are inundated. The dominant vegetation is an open dry forest with patches of denser forest along rivers and on low hills that rise from the plains. Until the middle of the last century these dry forests teemed with wildlife – elephants, kouprey, gaur, banteng, eld’s and sambar deer with the tiger as their top predator. Then, during the unrest of the second half of the last century, the kouprey vanished and now the tiger, last recorded in 2007, has been officially declared extinct. Despite these tragic losses the EPL remains one of the last great wild places where it is possible find the birds and mammals of the dry forests that once covered much of Thailand and Cambodia: these are the subject of our talk.

It is FOC and please bring along your family, and friends (non members are also welcome) to attend.

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Dear members of Perak Branch,

MNS Perak Branch will be holding our next AGM on Sat 23 July 2016, 3:30 pm at our branch building at Jalan Chan Chee Keong, Ipoh Garden South.

Our Bird Group will also hold its election at 3:00 pm just before our branch AGM on the same day and venue.
After the AGM & refreshment, a flashback slide presentation of MNS Perak Activities for the past twelve months will be carried out.

Please mark this important date and make yourself available to attend the AGM as we need to have sufficient forum to complete our meeting and to meet each other again.

Hope to see you all at the AGM.

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We were happy to finally get a confirmation that our MNS Project Manager, Mr Yeap Chin Aik from HQ, would be giving us a very informative and interesting indoor talk on Hornbill project which has been carried out since 2004 in Belum-Temengor forest complex.

Date: 28 May 2016 (Sat)
Time: 4:00pm sharp
Venue: MNS Perak Branch Building (No. 70 Jalan Chan Chee Keong, Ipoh Garden South, 31400 Ipoh)

The talk is free of charge and it is a golden opportunity to know about the project and its achievements to date. You can also invite your friends (non-members inclusive) to come along too.

Hope to see you all at the talk to support the effort by the Branch to arrange such talk.

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Date: 20th Mar 2016

Time: 8.00am to 10am

Meeting venue: Menglembu foothill near the fruit sellers and other few hawkers.

Coordinator: Lee Yuat Wah 0175775641 leeyuatwah@yahoo.com

Get to know the herbs along the tar road trail of Kledang Hill. The activity will be led by a Chinese herbalist (Mr. Lai) from Kuala Kangsar. Mr. Lai was a headmaster. He is now a Chinese medical doctor giving voluntary medical services in one of the Chinese medical hospitals in Ipoh. Those who are interested in this activity, please bring along a note book, a pen, a hat, a towel and a bottle of water. Have your breakfast before you come. Put on comfortable walking shoes as the trail is up the slope. Please bring a used plastic bag to collect rubbish along the trail. Cultivate a good habit to take care of our environment and keep it clean. Everybody does his and her little part – bring your rubbish home and recycle before throwing the rubbish into the rubbish bin! MNS members and non-members are welcome.

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Date: 19th Mar 2016 (Saturday) 4.00pm

Venue: MNS Perak Branch Building

Coordinator: Lee Yuat Wah 0175775641 leeyuatwah@yahoo.com

MNS Perak branch is taking part in the Science Film Festival 2015 which is part of MNS partnership with Geothe-Institut Malaysia. The festival is a celebration of science communication and enjoys a unique position in Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East: In cooperation with local partners it promotes science literacy and facilitates awareness of contemporary scientific, technological and environmental issues through the medium of film and television content. The first DVD screening from Science Film Festival entitled “Plastic Waste in Ocean” (10 min) to be followed by “Life Force 2-Borneo” (48 min) which focuses on gliding animals, pygmy version of the rhino, elephant & bear and majority of the monkeys and giant apes such as orang-utan which have evolved to live in the forests of Borneo. Please bring your friends and kids along. Light refreshment will be provided after the presentation.

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Venue: MNS branch building

Date/time: 16th Jan (Sat) 3.30pm

Presenter: 0125315670 chankaisoon@hotmail.com

Our member’s talk had previously focused on Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey. We will now feature Nepal in January! Chan Kai Soon was among a group of seven members who went for the Nepal Raptor Watch in November 2014, followed by a short stint of nature appreciation at Chitwan National Park. This traveloque attempts to recollect the excitement, disappointment, anxious moments, contentment and other experiences at various stages of this memorable journey. Incidentally, the hugely damaging Nepal earthquake hit the country only few months after our group returned to Malaysia so some parts of Nepal may never be the same again.

The travelogue will be about 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours in duration, after which light refreshments will be served. MNS members as well as non-members are welcome.

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