Participants of Reef Spawn (known as planulae) undergo two parts of the program between May and December 2021:


1.1 Online sessions
Participants are exposed to four (4) virtual sessions on topics including Conservation Knowledge, Project Development, Project Management and Communications before a 3 day 2 night bootcamp in Pulau Langkawi.

Conservation Science – Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam (MareCet)
Environmental Governance – Ms. Shantini Guna Rajan (WWF-Malaysia)
Grant and Proposal Writing – Dr. Chen Pelf Nyok (The Turtle Conservation Society of Malaysia)
Project Management – Ms. Qyira Yusri (Undi 18)
Science Communication – Dr. Lao Yao-Hua (Macaranga)
Strategic Communication – Ms. Chitra Devi (WWF-Malaysia)

1.2 In-person session

In Pulau Langkawi, the planulae were exposed to the multi-dimensional challenges in managing an island and its marine environment. They were put through hands-on learning, visits to key stakeholders and simulation exercises to improve their understanding.

Reef Spawn bootcamp participants

On the first day, the planulae were focused on understanding the nature and species conservation through activities with MareCet, Trash Hero Langkawi and Juara Turtle Project.

Dolphin observation with MareCet

Beach Cleanup and Brand Audit with Trash Hero Langkawi

Turtle Conservation talk with Juara Turtle Project

On the second day, the planulae visited Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) and Department of Fisheries (DOF) to better understand the environmental management perspectives of Langkawi.

With Mr Shauqi from LADA

With Mr Hafiz from DOF

On the third day, the planulae explore sustainable tourism practices through a visit to Frangipani, Langkawi; the greenest resort in Southeast Asia.

Planulae were hosted by Adj. Prof Anthony Wong


Planulae are to use the knowledge gained during the budding phase to conduct their own initiatives and Reef Stakes® sessions within their respective communities.