About Us

Banun, Perak
/ TRLC /

Ammar, Fahmi and Luqman take a break for lunch at Tropical Rainforest Living Collection Banun, Perak.

The loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental challenges the world faces. In Malaysia logging, agriculture, palm oil and development have all contributed to increased forest fragmentation and species loss. Approximately 80% of Malaysian rainforests are dominated by the Dipterocarpaceae family of trees, of which 93 species are considered threatened in Malaysia.

Dipterocarps have a unique biology and a slow reproductive cycle. Seeds are produced during mast fruiting events which occur every 5-7 years, and the seeds are ‘recalcitrant’ – their high-water content makes them unsuitable for storage (e.g. in a seed bank), and thus must be germinated. Recalcitrant seeds rescued from forest fragments can be planted out with seeds from different parents to create a living collection of trees that can reproduce perpetually. Seeds from the living collection could then serve future reforestation projects.

Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) was established in 2012 to restore tropical rainforests and address the critical rate of biodiversity loss in Malaysia. TRCRC’s Mission is two-fold: to preserve tropical rainforest plant species and lead landscape-wide protection and reforestation projects throughout the country.

TRCRC plans to reconnect forest fragments through the reforestation of degraded patches using native trees sourced from nurseries as well as seedlings from rescued threatened plants. It serves two important national conservation policies: ex-situ conservation for the preservation of plant species and genetic diversity under the National Biodiversity plan, and the Heart of Borneo initiative, to support Malaysia’s commitments towards conservation.

Our Mission



Forest Conservation & Sustainable Development


The mission of Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC) is to preserve tropical rainforest plant species and lead landscape-wide protection and restoration projects throughout Malaysia.

Tun Jeanne Abullah and Dzaeman showing TRCRC’s latest publications to Lang Cong, Vanke’s Managing Director at our TRCRC headquarters.

Successfully got the vehicle out from the sandy terrain in Terengganu.

Our Core Work




In order to safeguard tropical rainforest plant species and ensure a stable ecosystem,
TRCRC aims to:




Establish multiple ex-situ Tropical Rainforest Living Collections (TRLCs) and plant
nurseries throughout Malaysia, where we germinate, propagate, and eventually
reintroduce rare and endangered plant species back into its native habitats




Lead landscape-wide protection and restoration projects throughout the country.


Our Family



Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli


Executive Director


Dzaeman is developing a range of sustainable land use strategies in efforts to realise the global dream of using underutilised land to mitigate climate change.



Adam Kamal


Project Coordinator


Adam is a graduate of University of Wisconsin in Biology (Evolution Ecology major, Conservation Biology minor) and has acquired interest to study birds of prey, unique plants, and organism - environment interactions. In TRCRC, he is a jack of all trades - developing baseline study designs, GIS monitoring systems, supporting environmental education and on-field programmes. He hopes to further establish GIS as a significant planning tool in TRCRC and eventually within Malaysia's conservation planning. During his free time, Adam spends it on rock climbing, multi-day backpacking, skiing, playing in the mountains, and an all - rounded naturalist.



Anjulie Razak


Stakeholder Engagement Executive


Anjulie is a bachelor’s degree graduate in Environmental Science from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Her keen interest in environmental conservation and sustainability practices has led her to join the team to develop programmes that require stakeholders to play an active role within the conservation field. Over the years spent in Sabah, she initiated a contaminant-biomarker study, became an associate researcher for an invertebrate microclimate study and established UMS’s first ultimate Frisbee competitive team.



Allie Subramanian


Stakeholder Engagement Project Coordinator Manager


Allie firmly believes that small everyday decisions can lead to major environmental impacts, and hopes people will make more informed choices in their everyday lives to help mitigate the impact we have on the planet.



Dr Lee Jo Kien


Project Coordinator


Jo Kien completed his BSc. (Biotechnology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Science) degrees at Monash University. His interests include soil carbon dynamics, meteorology, quantitative ecology, and conservation management. As a project coordinator, Jo Kien focuses on stakeholder engagement for the Central Forest Spine (CFS) initiative in Perak and Terengganu, scoping for forest restoration opportunities to kickstart joint-restoration projects with the states.



Dr Nur Hazwani Abdul Bahar


Project Coordinator


Nur holds a PhD from Australian National University and has extensive research experience on physiology of tree and crop species. Previously, she was based in Bogor Indonesia for her consultancy role at the Center for International Forestry Research. She inspires to safeguard tropical rain forest while enjoying good things in life especially good company and delicious food.



Fairuz M. Musa


Planning and Operation Manager


Fairuz has a more than 18 years of experience in Landscape Architecture and has been involved in various design and construction projects. He believes that landscape design and nature are interconnected and leads to a better and more sustainable environment. As a Division Manager for Planning and Operation, he oversees the planning aspect of project management and is responsible for monitoring and executing overall projects.



Kate Barber


Partnership Development Manager


As Partnership Development Manager for TRCRC, Kate helps companies leverage corporate social responsibility (CSR) for advanced business performance. Kate has designed and managed CSR programs for leading brands in technology, tourism, health care, real estate, and financial services. Kate believes that when it comes to CSR, rainforest conservation is more than just “the right thing to do.” High performing companies recognize CSR and forest protection empower their businesses to do well by doing good.



M. Buhanuddin bin Mat


Senior Executive Planning and Operations


Prior to TRCRC, Bidin was working at the Malaysian Nature Society for the Tropical Biology Research Department. He has also had experiences as an invitational dendrologist for the Terengganu Forestry Department. His endless passion in the scientific study of tropical trees in Malaysia has made him to co-establish several plant database in Terengganu that has never been recorded, namely the species Dipterocarpus sarawakensis, Shorea kuantanensis dan Aquilaria rostrata. Bidin hopes to further contribute towards the Malaysian forest inventory while working here in TRCRC.



M. Ikmal Bin Mohamad Radzi


Senior Executive Planning and Operations


Graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia with Bachelor Degree of Science Major in Biology, Ikmal gained a short experience with Malaysian Conservation Allience for Tiger (MYCAT), enough to nurture his interest in conservation field. He joined TRCRC to fulfill his passion and duty towards forest and its biodiversity. As part of the TRCRC Planning and Operations epartment, he hopes to make a difference through forest conservation work and contribute to better future of our rainforest.



M. Rafiq bin M. Yusof


Technical Executive (Data Management)


Muhammad Rafiq graduated from Universiti Teknologi MARA (UITM) Shah Alam. Graduated in 2014, he holds a bachelor degree in Park and Amenity Management. Rafiq works with TRCRC as a Technical Executive (Data Management). He is responsible for converting all data collected from the field into maps. He also assists in seed collection activities by identifying routes from the mapping software. He enjoys outdoor activity and finds his work at TRCRC very suitable as he can contribute to preserving tropical rainforest species in Malaysia.



Reuben Durairatnam


Project Manager


Reuben has a background in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology with experience in different sectors but with a keen interest in environmental related solutions. He joined TRCRC as the Project Manager for the ‘Forest, the New Economy’ initiative. He is focused towards reforestation by developing economically viable sustainable solutions for degraded lands in Malaysia.



Venkata Ganesh


Project Manager


Ganesh graduated from the University of New South Wales with a masters degree in Engineering Science. He spent 15 illustrious years innovating in industries ranging from microprocessors to aviation before making the transition to rainforest conservation. At TRCRC, Ganesh is responsible to strategise and develop all private land conservation projects. Integrating biodiversity-rich private land into conservation planning and management is critical in maintaining protected land connectivity and ecological balance. Ganesh loves Japanese food, board-game nights, all things football, travelling and Lego.



Logan Vijayan
(Shared Service)


Finance Manager


Logan is an animal lover with a passion for sports and travelling. He has always been fascinated by untouched nature such as the Himalayas, the Swiss Alps and Mount Fuji.



Norsyazana M. Zain
(Shared Service)


Accounts Executive


Bubbly and relaxed, she loves traveling with her loved ones and photography.



Mariam Kadir
(Shared Service)


Board of Trustees Coordinator


Her passion in connecting chemistry and the environment grew from her undergraduate studies in air pollution biomonitoring and the potential of trees in air remediation.


Board Of Trustee



YABhg Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi


Advisor


The Honorable former 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is dedicated to improving the lives of the nation and protecting nature for a healthy environment for now and future generations.



YABhg Tun Jeanne Abdullah


Chairman


The Honourable Tun Jeanne Abdullah began her career in the private sector and has had a vast and diverse experience in the field of hospitality management. She continuously seeks for ways to improve lives of Malaysian citizens and pays a large focus on the environment we live in.



David Dzulkifli


Member


An accountant by training and having worked across the globe with ExxonMobil over a period of 30 years, David has been ingrained with the ExxonMobil thinking vis-a-vis the environment. As a member of the Board of Trustees, he employs a hands-on approach in supporting TRCRC's efforts.



Datuk Ali Bin Tan Sri Kadir


Member


Datuk Ali bin Tan Sri Abdul Kadir was appointed as a Board of Trustees on 9th October 2015. Datuk Ali loves fishing, outdoor adventure and he is passionate about the environment. He believes that outdoor adventure will indirectly educate people on conservation.



James Kingham


Member


James Kingham started his career as a planter in the early days working out in the plantation landscape. He is well known across the landscaping profession and often hosts university courses on his site in Tanjung Malim to train students on the cultivation of rainforest species.



Venugopal Nambiar


Member


Venugopal Nambiar brings to TRCRC his vast experience in construction, with emphasis on project negotiation, engineering design, project feasibility study and evaluation as well as overall site management.



Aliasa Hj. Mualas


G-Team, Sabah


Aliasa has 19 years of experience in cocoa, rattan, forestry and tourism. Aliasa joined TRCRC to seek new skills and practical knowledge. As a ground staff, his job scope includes field work and nursery maintenance. Also, he is an authorized driver as he has experience driving off road.



Andi Akbar Muchamad


Data Management,
Technical Executive


With a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Management from Universiti Putra Malaysia and early exposure in rehabilitation research programs, Andi views TRCRC as a great platform to step ahead and gain knowledge and experience in rainforest conservation. As an Executive Technical Support for data management, his focus will be in finding and storing all data for TRLC – Merisuli.



Azmi Asmat


G-Team, Sabah


Azmi is part of the ground team in TRLC-Merisuli, Sabah. Besides having nursery and field work skills, he is a machine handler and has good electrical knowledge. As a general worker, he supports the construction of staff accommodation and nursery development.



Benny Tuzan


Corporate Communications
Executive


Benny’s love for nature and Malaysia’s tropical rainforest is one of the main reasons he joined the organisation’s effort to preserve and conserve tropical rainforest species. Graduated from the International University College of Technology Twintech (IUCTT), he received a bachelor’s degree in BSc (Hons) Biotechnology. As a Project Manager in TRCRC Sabah, his role is to plan the process and to execute the action plans for the TRLC project in Merisuli, Sabah.



Hasmawie Jumuk


G-Team, Sabah


Originating from the foot of Mount Kinabalu, Hasmawie adores the nature that surrounds him. Joining TRCRC as a ground staff has allowed him to gain knowledge and develop his abilities on managing the nursery and doing field work.



M. Rizam Ridjat


G-Team, Sabah


Rizam started his career in a different restoration project then became a lab assistant in a wood industries company. After joining TRLC-Merisuli as a ground staff, he was eager to support nursery and field work activities to ensure they run smoothly.



M. Salleh Sulaiman


Executive, Sabah


Salleh is a former student of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS). Graduated in 2014, he holds a bachelor degree in Conservation Biology, He gained his passion for nature In UMS and it strengthened during his internship with the Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok. Salleh joined TRCRC with hopes of raising awareness and educating people about the importance of conservation. As the saying goes, without nature, we are nobody.



M. Touchry Maili


Executive, Sabah


Touchry is a field man that worked on a rainforest restoration project in Danum Valley before joining TRCRC. As a ground staff, his job scope includes nursery maintenance work, being part of the seed collection team and handling machine including heavy machinery.



Masnona Lorenti


G-Team, Sabah


Starting as a hobby for gardening then gaining work experience on the forest restoration project in Lahad Datu, Masnona is eager to apply her skills in nursery tasks in TRLC - Merisuli. As a Senior Nursery Assistant, she is involved in seed sowing, transplanting and maintaining the nursery.



Nurhidayat Kamsah


Admin cum Finance


Graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Conservation of Biology from Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Nur Hidayat Kamsah officially joined TRCRC to gain and apply her knowledge on conservation biology to the TRLC – Merisuli, Sabah. As an executive, her work is mainly assisting in tasks related to the TRLC – Merisuli, Sabah project. She treasures what nature has to offer and aspires to make a difference in the conservation of rainforests.



Nor Fatimah Abdul Halil


Program Executive


Fatimah was inspired to conserve the environment since young by watching nature documentaries from the National Geographic and Simfoni Alam. Her inspiration continued when she chose to pursue her studies in Universiti Malaysia Sabah for her degree in Forestry. As TRCRC’s Programme Executive, Fatimah develops and co-ordinates educational volunteering programmes for TRLC Merisuli. She is also in charge of establishing new engagements between TRCRC and other agencies for environmental education-based programs.



Ramsing Adil


G-Team, Sabah


Ramsing has experience both in nursery activities and on the field. Appointed as a grount staff, he is responsible of taking care of the plants, to collect seeds and lead the team into the forest. He is also known as the compass man based on his experience in reading a compass in the forest for establishment of planting plots and boundary.



Rasit Abdul


Nursery & Planting Executive


Rasit is part of the management team that is located in TRLC – Merisuli, Sabah and his responsibilities involves him assisting and liaise with Nursery and Planting Division Manager. He previously worked for rainforest rehabilitation project which has provided him with good field work and nursery experience. He hopes that in time, the nation will appreciate better the importance of forests for everyone.



Sarifah Samad


G-Team, Sabah


Sarifah had experience in restoration work in Lahad Datu before joining TRCRC. She has a gentle hand to manage the plants in nursery from germination process until the tree planting. Working as a ground staff in TRLC-Merisuli, her tasks include organizing the nursery and calculating stock of plants to fulfil data management records.



Wahid Othman


Supervisor, Sabah


Originating from Kota Kinabatangan, Sabah, Wahid joined TRCRC as the supervisor of the technical support team. He has over 20 years of hands-on experience in the field during his previous job with rainforest rehabilitation project. Wahid is currently based in the TRLC – Merisuli, Sabah project to supervise and lead the seed collection team and replanting operations. His personal vision is to contribute towards the success of the TRLC – Merisuli project.



Wahirin Maris


G-Team, Sabah


Having had research and field work experience, Wahirin joined TRCRC to support the conservation and restoration project in TRLC-Merisuli Sabah. As a ground staff, he is involved in nursery activities, seed collecting and developing the nursery to achieve TRCRC’s objective.



Mohd Rahimi Bin Md Rodzi


G-Team, Perak


Through his circle of friends in Gerik, Rahimi found out about the G-Team programme by word of mouth. He got curious about the programme and how it enables youths like him to participate in forest rehabilitation and restoration. Hailing from FELDA Lawin Selatan, he has experienced the effects of forest degradation firsthand and vows to find balance between development and sustainable forest management.



M. Ammar Amirrudin bin Abdul Shukor


G-Team, Perak


Ammar first entered the conservation scene by enrolling with the Sekretariat Malaysia Prihatin’s course on forest seedings. After 4 years of doing landscaping work, TRCRC was established and the Director saw the potential in him. He was offered to join and now is the Seed Collection Supervisor for TRLC-Banun.



Mohd Safarizal Sazwan Bin Mohd Sukor


G-Team, Perak


The eldest brother of the Mohd Shukor family, Safarizal eventually enrolled himself in the G-Team programme after hearing success stories from his younger siblings. Safarizal has always had an entrepreneurial mindset and was working independently back in his kampung at Bersia Lama, Gerik.



M. Luqman bin Ismail


G-Team, Perak


Luqman was one of the shining talent in nursery management while doing his course on forest seedlings by Sekretariat Malaysia Prihatin. Due to his tenacity and hard work, he was chosen to monitor the Nursery in TRLC-Banun as Nursery Supervisor. His job scope includes the administration of nursery equipment and the surrounding infrastructure.



M. Nazri bin Mohd Shukor


G-Team, Perak


Nazri was doing part-time work with with the Forestry Department when he received an offer from TRCRC. Shortly afterwards, he went through the forest seedings course in Tanjung Malim and passed with flying colours. His contribution towards TRCRC mainly lies with being in the Ground Team and doing nursery work as well as seed collection. He aspires to learn more about the forestry field while doing the things he enjoys most.



Nor Mizazur'iaty Akma Binti Mohd Yusoff


Admin, HR cum Finance Junior Executive


Miza graduated in Civil Engineering and has five years’ experience as Project Supervisor in electrical construction as well as briefly being an Electrical Junior Estimator. She never expected to change her career path into conservation even though her soul is close to nature. She joined TRCRC as an Admin, HR cum Finance Junior Executive based at TRLC-Banun Gerik and is also responsible in assisting the Project Manager. She really hopes TRCRC will be a platform for her to learn more about the environment.



Nor Wihanis Abdul Rahman


Project Manager, Perak


Wihanis has a Degree in Landscape Architecture from University Technology Malaysia (UTM). She has 15 years of hands-on experience in ornamental plants nursery and landscape project development and 12 years working experience with Sime Darby (TPC) as a Horticulturist. Wihanis joint TRCRC in June 2014 as Project Manager for TRLC Banun. Her role is to manage the overall project and ensure activities are in line with the project scope, timeframe, funder rules and Perak Forestry Department regulations. Wihanis loves forest trees and wants to ensure the conservation of our natural treasure.



M. Syafiq bin Mohd Sukor


G-Team, Perak


Inspired by his brother Nazri’s footsteps, Syafiq enrolled into the forest seeding course in Tanjung Malim. He finished the course and is currently part of the Ground team in TRLC-Banun. His job scope includes assisting in nursery work and seed collection efforts. He aspires to improve his livelihood while obtaining more knowledge in the field of tree identification.



Suhaili Mohamad


Nursery & Planting Manager


Suhaili Mohamed or more famously known as Elly, previously worked with Healers of the Forest, a plant nursery with Mr J. Kingham. There, she developed a love for the forest while caring for a wide variety of tree species. She is TRCRC’s tough cookie and hopes she can continue to contribute her expertise in the field of forestry with this organisation.



Wan Ikmal Izham bin Wan Muhd Yusofs


G-Team, Perak


Prior to joining TRCRC, Wan Ikmal was doing his part in construction work. Driven by his love of nature, he got into the tropical forest seedling course in Tanjung Malim. He was recruited by TRCRC after finishing the course and is currently part of the Ground Team. He helps in the nursery work and seed collection in the surrounding Forest Reserves. He aspires to increase his knowledge in tree identification and skills in nursery management.



Afiq Zikri


G-Team, Perak


Graduated from Universiti Malaysia Sabah with a bachelor’s degree in International Tropical Forestry, Afiq’s main expertise are data collection and research project co-ordination. His love for the outdoors has led him to be stationed out on our conservation site in TRLC Banun. Working hand-in-hand with the G-Team at Perak, Afiq believes that empowering the young generation is key towards securing sustainable and feasible forest management practices in the future.