Environmental Education Programmes
What is the RIVER Ranger Programme?
RIVER Ranger is an Environmental Education Programme to learn about the environment, water resources and rivers, and emphasizes not only about water pollution but every aspect of freshwater ecosystems including its biodiversity, functions, values, and benefits to mankind.
Malaysia is located in the tropical region, where there is abundant rainfall - we receive about 2500 - 5000mm of rainfall annually, which is channelled into the 1800 rivers we have. This is more than we need for consumption, yet we find ourselves facing water shortages, water supply disruptions and even water rationing during times of 'drought'. The only reason why we face water shortages is the poor management of our precious water resources.
Five percent of our river basins are severely polluted, and 42% are polluted, leaving only 53% of all rivers classified as 'clean'. The lack of education and awareness of the general public about our water resources, how they are being managed, and how they should be managed is a key factor that has led to the state of Malaysia's overall water quality. Another important factor is the lack of skill for genuinely interested people to take action in river management.
Therefore, it is hoped that the RIVER Ranger programme will give everyone a better understanding about the importance of our rivers and appreciate the value of them. Only then will our rivers be taken care of, and our source of water be safeguarded for the future generations to come
- To increase public awareness and knowledge in managing resources
- To provide living skills to participants for use in local environmental management
- To coach participants on ways to evaluate and audit river basins
- To develop a database on local rivers by the local community
- To motivate participants to initiate water/river conservation projects in their school, community or organisation
SMART (Start Managing All Resources Today) Ranger is an Environmental Education Programme to learn about the environment with a focus on natural and and non-natural resource management in Malaysia. The SMART Ranger Programme is seen as a platform for Malaysians to learn about solid waste management (SWM). It aims to encourage recycling at hoem and in communities as well as promote a zero-waste lifestyle.
At present, there is a lack of information, knowledge and education for general public to take action on SWM issues. Some local governments are currently spending up to 40-70% of taxpayer's money annually for SWM alone, and is facing considerable problems with the rising amount of waste that the nation is producing. Our landfills are reaching their maximum capacity, and other options, such as inceneration, are being considered. Since the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Act was passed in 2007, there is now government support for SWM activities at the local level.
Proper education on the issue and how to manage solid waste properly for our younger generations can help to build a greener nation - one that is conscious of solid waste issies, and how to manage their waste responsibility.
- Create and enhance public awareness on managing resources
- A way for them to contribute to environmental well being
- To teach them the importance of reducing waste and recycling
- To initiate a systematic and scheduled recycling programme
- To help to genetate revenue for classroom activitoes
- To set-up a Recycling Collection Centre, where possible
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