The Urban Biodiversity Initiative (UBI) is an independent collective for urban ecology research, conservation and environmental education. We are a social enterprise based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



We run educational environmental programmes for children and adults.


We conduct workshops on discovery and art.


We provide advices on ecology and biodiversity issues with track record in supporting NGO’s with various environmental projects.

Latest articles & guides

  • Case Study Series: Free Tree Society
    Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur is a non-profit environmental organisation that spreads environmental stewardship messages through giving away trees for free. Its flagship nursery is located in cosmopolitan Bangsar amidst the backdrop of a former rubber estate, now […]
  • Palms as keystone species
    Like figs, palms produce fruit several times throughout a year. In between the fruiting seasons of other trees, palms make up a large portion of the diet of many urban fruit eating animals, especially birds. Many palm fruit […]
  • Succession
    Succession is the process in which the plant community changes over time. A forest goes through several stages where different plants become established and in turn change the environment of the forest. Note that this isn’t straightforward process, […]
  • Spatial complexity
    Spatial complexity is a big word, but in simple terms you could imagine it as the difference between a landed house and a condominium. If only one level is occupied like in the house, you get less room […]

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