Tribute to Excellence award for School’s Field Centre
22 November 2013
The School of Biosciences Danau Girang Field Centre has been recognized by the Malaysian State Government of Sabah for its contribution to the conservation effort of its most valued areas of natural beauty.
Organised by the State government of Sabah, the "Sabah Tourism Awards 2013, a Tribute to Excellence" are held every two years to "honour individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the development of the tourism industry in the State". This year, the seventh Edition of the Tourism Awards consisted of 12 categories encompassing 34 awards. The ceremony was officiated by Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Sabah's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment. The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary was awarded the Best Natural Destination in Sabah. Special Awards were given to organizations that are involved in the conservation of the natural wonders of this area, namely WWF-Malaysia, HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme, Homestay Associations of Abai, Batu Puteh, Bilit and Sukau villages and Cardiff University's Danau Girang Field Centre.
Lead researcher Dr Benoit Goossens, who attended the award ceremony, said "The Danau Girang Field Centre team is very proud that their efforts to study and preserve Kinabatangan's fragile ecosystems and wildlife are acknowledged by the State government."