Participation of Friends of North Selangor Peatland Forest in Peat Water Management and Forest Rehabilitation Adjacent to Raja Musa Forest Reserve
GEC partnership with HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad began in 2011, aimed to rehabilitate Raja Musa Peat Swamp Forest through community participation. The three year project resulted in the establishment of a local community group who are aware and concerned about the peat swamp forest degradation issues called Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (FNSPSF); and development of peatland environmental education programme called Peatland Forest Ranger, to educate school children on the importance of environmental protection on peat swamp forest.
The partnership continues in 2014 through a three year project to support the local community group efforts on protecting and conserving the peat swamp forest resources through rehabilitation and sustainable management practices. The project is anticipated to develop series FNSPSF innovative initiatives to enhance and strengthen the capacity among the local community in peatland water management and forest rehabilitation works.
Funder:HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
Partners:Kuala Selangor District Council, Selangor State Forestry Department
Target groups: Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest Association (FNSPSFA) from four villages, namely Kg Raja Musa, Kg Bestari Jaya, Kg. Seri Tiram Jaya and Kg. Ampangan.
- Strengthen FNSPSF/Community ownership and participation in peatland water management and forest rehabilitation work adjacent to Raja Musa Forest Reserve
- Enhance school children engagement in peatland conservation via GEC’s Peatland Forest Ranger Programme; and
- Promote the importance of peatlands water management and conservation, particularly Raja Musa Forest Reserve to the general public
Promoting awareness campaigns on peat swamp forest
The Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest is currently spearheading public awareness campaigns to promote the importance of peat and peat swamp forest. The Friends recently participated in:
- forest fire monitoring and prevention in buffer zone areas of the forest reserve on daily basis during drought season (frm March to Oct 2015)
- raised trees to supply peat swamp tree species for the RMFR Forest Rehabilitation Programme and support the socio-economic activities of the local community at Kg. Bestari Jaya (buy-back system)
- being a facilitator for monthly tree planting activities
- participated in public exhibition & creating awareness, example WWD celebration, COE launching, and etc.
A number of capacities building training (e.g. peat water management, and fire prevention and suppression; development of sustainable livelihood options) were organised by GEC for the local communities on best management practices and promote sustainable peatland management. GEC recently organised a peer learning programme in Kuala Gula and Sungai Acheh to:
- develop & build the capacity of the SHGSU members to participate and be involved in the restoration and conservation of peat Swamp forest; and
- build the capacity of the SHGSU members on sustainable alternative livelihood incentives options for them to develop alternative income-generating sustainable enterprises based on handicraft and ecotourism in line with the conservation & wise use of the natural resources
FNSPSF rehabilitation activities at Raja Musa Forest Reserve (RMFR)
The Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest is implementing a series of rehabilitation works to support the rehabilitation programme of Raja Musa Forest Reserve. Among the activities are canal blocking, tree planting, patrolling and monitoring and nursery maintenance.
Implementation of peatland environmental education programmes – The Peatland Forest Ranger Programme
GEC has organised two environmental education programme known as Peatland Forest Ranger with selected schools neighbouring the forest reserve. The programme is an environmental education programme established by GEC to educate students about their immediate peatland environment and impart knowledge about the ecosystem, through visits and demonstrations. It is also a platform to mobilize youngsters by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry into environmental problems and involving them in the efforts of environmental preservation.
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