Prestige Malaysia's Top 40 under 40 2019: DR DZAEMAN DZULKIFLI
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DR DZAEMAN DZULKIFLI

Executive Director, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre

Dyslexia is no barrier to higher education and Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli, a PhD holder from University of Zurich, is a testament to that. The ecologist is at the forefront of tropical rainforest research through his role as executive director of the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC), spending weeks at a time deep in some of the world’s oldest rainforests, including Belum and Danum Valley. Bearing first-hand witness to threats and their perceptible effects on our natural environment, Dzaeman says threats can be categorised into local, regional and global levels. The most alarming being climate change, which besides temperatures and weather patterns, also influences the productiveness of the forest, thus impacting its functions as water catchments.
“At TRCRC, we take a holistic approach in how we manage our natural resources,” he explains. “Our core initiative focuses on developing conservation strategies for our endangered tree species. We work on identifying endangered tree populations, monitoring and collecting seeds as they go into fruiting season (which can be anywhere between five and seven years), and safeguarding these species within our conservation sites. We then work within the larger forest landscape to develop strategies to return these species into the wild.” To cultivate the right mentality, conservation shouldn’t be viewed in isolation as we can all play a part such as our consumption habits. This also applies to businesses as he advises, “Businesses that work in the natural landscape should be paying attention to how to make their businesses more sustainable – particularly in terms of managing soil productivity and water catchments.”

Dr Dzaeman is wearing the Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph Titanium; glasses from BOSS