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  Partnership in Conservation and Rehabilitation of FC 32 & FC 70 Boundary of Raja Musa Forest Reserve

Partnership in Conservation and Rehabilitation of Forest Compartment 32 & Forest Compartment 70 Boundary of Raja Musa Forest Reserve is a project funded by Sime Darby Foundation Malaysia to strengthen the efforts for fire prevention, rehabilitation and conservation of the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest.  The project directly addresses one of Dime Darby Foundation key priorities – namely conservation of the environment. The project dedicates itself to a program of conservation to protect and rehabilitate the 20 hectares of degraded forests in Forest Compartment 32, Raja Musa Forest Reserve.  The rehabilitation activities will be undertaken through community participation. The rehabilitated area, in addition helping bring back peat swamp forest to its original conditions, will also reduce incidences of peatland fires through enhanced water management and fire prevention measures in RMFR and adjacent lands including Sime Darby estates.

Duration: April 2014 - March 2017

Funder: Sime Darby Foundation

Partners: Kuala Selangor District Council, Selangor State Forestry Department

Target Groups: Local community, Sime Darby Plantation

Aims/Objectives:

  • To conserve, and rehabilitate the RMFR in partnership with key stakeholders
  • Rehabilitation of degraded areas of Raja Musa FR
  • Prevention of peatland fires and haze and reduction in GHG emissions from peatlands through best management practices application within the buffer areas

It is proposed that a range of activities for rehabilitation including site assessment and demarcation, water management and fire prevention and rehabilitation are conducted at project site in the next 3-years period.

Project Progress

  • 10,000 tenggek burung saplings were raised by FNSPSF member in Kg Raja Musa to support the rehabilitation programme at FC32 in Raja Musa Forest Reserve.
  •  A total of 8,100 saplings were planted in 13.5 hectares at FC 32 (grassland area) in RMFR
  • Assessment and mapping of the existing vegetation, drainage and peat soil were conducted covering an area of 70 h
  • 69 canal blocks were constructed to raise water table by about 10-30cm on average, reducing GHG emissions, enhancing natural regeneration, preventing fire and providing water supply  to existing oil palm plantations adjacent to forest reserve including Sime Darby Plantation (Raja Musa division)
  • Established community based peat fire management strategies in collaboration with Sime Darby Foundation / Plantation, Selangor State Forestry Department, GEC and Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest
  • 5 units of Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS) signboards were installed at buffer zones adjacent to Forest Reserve as an approach to prevent and control fires in buffer zones and forest reserve
  • This project has been recognized as one of the key additional efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Integrated Management Plan for North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest 2014-2023 that has been approved by the Selangor state government on Dec 2014.
  • Institutional engagement through smart partnership to work on peat fire prevention and rehabilitation at FC 32, RMFR. It has been supported by Selangor State Forestry Department, Selangor State Government, Fire & Rescue Department, Sime Darby Plantation, Global Environment Centre, Friends of NSPSF, and Local communities.
  • Community based approaches has been introduced as the important element in implementation of this project.   This approach gives a brief orientation on the why, what, who, when, how, and so what of Community based rehabilitation programme   
  • Establishment of SHGSU Community Nursery & planting team
  • Establishment of SHGSU Kg. Raja Musa fire prevent patrolling and monitoring team
  • Institutional engagement through smart partnership with MPOB & Sime Darby Plantation to conduct Best Management Practices training programme for smallholders adjacent to Forest Reserve.

For more information about the project, please e-mail us at outreach@gec.org.my


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