This article first appeared in Forum, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on July 24, 2023 - July 30, 2023
I have been extremely privileged to have seen some of the wildlife of this megadiverse country up close, and I have many memories to take with me back to the UK: a nesting hornbill in Terengganu; a fleeting glimpse of a clouded leopard in the Danum Valley; and the wonder of the bats of the Mulu caves.
As I conclude my four years as British High Commissioner to Malaysia, I want to reflect on how climate action has been a central theme of my service here.
Nature and the environment are not new parts of the relationship between the UK and Malaysia. The coronation of His Majesty King Charles III in May will have recalled memories in Malaysia of his visits to Sarawak and Royal Belum State Park in Perak, experiencing some of Malaysia’s unique flora and fauna, and meeting the people working hard to protect them.
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