THE DEVELOPMENT AND REPLICATION OF HANDICRAFT AS AN ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD IN MALIANGIN WITHIN PROPOSED TUN MUSTAPHA PARK
THE DEVELOPMENT AND REPLICATION OF HANDICRAFT AS AN ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOOD IN MALIANGIN WITHIN PROPOSED TUN MUSTAPHA PARK
Maliangin Sanctuary was established by the Maliangin Island communities , where they are the group who will monitor,patrolling and manage the sanctuary. And Berungus Marine Area doing very similar to Maliangin Sanctuary.WWF-Malaysia in collaboration with these communities have introduced an alternative livelihood programme, where the handicraft activities became a focus. We do believe by having an extra income will reduce their dependency on marine resources.

The actual concept by giving talks and group discussion to the community particulary in Maliangin Island perhaps will trigger the idea not to depending on sea activities alone in the near future. Research has proved that the fish popolution might be depeleted for the next 10 yaers or so.

Along with these ideas, by concentrated to preserved the environment particulary the ocean within the TMP, we somehow should do or creates an alternative / additional income to the community as a whole otherwise they will creates one big argument where it could jeopardized the intention to gazetted the TMP by year 2015. For Maliangin Island Community Association , the handicraft making and selling it has been chosen and slowly making an impacts to the community everyday live. The handcrafts being concentrated here are based on Pandanus Leaves. Mostly the women in the island are quite capable to process the pandanus leaves either from raw into ready material or making it into many kind of handicrafts products.
Problem Statement
The key threats to the marine life in Maliangin sanctuary are loss of habitats ( coral reefs,sea grass and others ) by destructive fishing methods such as fish bombing and use of sodium cyanide, and poaching of turtle eggs. This project will work on building community’s capacity in natural resource management through development of livelihood programme that will take away community from fishing, thus reducing fishing pressure in Maliangin Island and community enforcement effort to battle illegal fishing practices. The livelihood programme will contribute to the financial sustainability of enforcement and biodiversity monitoring activities.

Rational Justification
The livelihood programme objective is to increase income of fisher’s family and reduce their dependency on fishing activity. Currently pandanus handicraft is the main livelihood project being implemented; however this does not involve the men. Based on studies by University Malaysia Sabah and assessment visit of tour operators to Maliangin and Banggi Island , eco tourism is the most feasible income generating activity for these areas. Eco tourism will creates many jobs opportunities that will include men and supports the conservation effort as the industry will depend on the integrity of the marine eco system.
MICA’S function is to organize all the livelihood activities and find market for the products. A portion of the money generated from livelihood activities will go into MICA’S conservation and community fund. This fund eventually will be used to support patrolling activities, and other activities supporting the conservation of marine life in Maliangin Sanctuary. Financial sustainability supposed to be attained through an income generated by livelihood programmes
Community based patrolling is an important activity in order to protect the coral reefs within the No Take Zone areas. Since the activity started in 2010, no fish bombing and sodium cyanide usage to catch fish observed within Maliangin Sanctuary. These facts eventually indicated that the fish and other marine life are expected to rise and it shows the idea of spill over effects are materialised. In case of Maliangin Sanctuary any increased on number of marine habitats will directly benefited the communities especially the men groups.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee:
PERSATUAN PENDUDUK PULAU MALIANGIN, BANGGI, KUDAT, SABAH
Country:
Malaysia
Area Of Work:
Biodiversity
Grant Amount:
US$ 9,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 4,615.38
Project Number:
MAL/SGP/OP5/Y4/STAR/BD/14/14
Status:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity building and training activities will be documented in the form of reports and photographs, and all of those activities will be review and discuss for at least every three months. These reporting systems are vital for the women’s group performances and in particular as a key performance indexes for Maliangin Island Community Association.
Notable Community Participation
Maliangin Island Community Association is the community group that will implement the project. Community members are the residences and landowners . All the programmes such as handicrafts making and development, patrolling and biodiversity monitoring activities will be carried out by community members.
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Grantee Contact

ABDUL AZIZ HJ AMIR BANGSAH
Phone: +6016 830 8177
Email: malianginisland@gmail.com
 

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KUDAT, SABAH , 89057

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Ms. Shin Shin, Lee
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603-8689 6055
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Ms. Nurul Fitrah Mohd Ariffin Marican
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