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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 dedicated 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 were undertaken through community participation. The rehabilitated area has reduced incidences of peatland fires through water management and implementing fire prevention measures in RMFR and adjacent lands that include Sime Darby plantation 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

Project Achievements

  • The project has established a community nursery managed by the Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (FSPSF). The nursery raised 10,000 Tenggek Burung saplings to support the rehabilitation programme at FC32 in Raja Musa Forest Reserve (RMFR);
  • A total of 18,500 saplings were planted in 20 ha area of FC 32 (grassland area) at RMFR and 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);
  • Thirty piezometers were installed to monitor the water level at the project site;
  • As part of the project awareness campaigns, two awareness posters were developed and distributed to the public and stakeholders. In addition, 160 volunteers were  involved in planting 300 saplings at the project area. A Peatland Forest Ranger programme was also organised for school children to raise awareness on peat swamp forest and conserve the Raja Musa Forest Reserve;  
  • The project has organised a series community and institutional engagements to work on peat fire prevention and peat rehabilitation at FC 32, RMFR, supported by Selangor State Forestry Department, Selangor State Government, Fire & Rescue Department, Sime Darby Plantation, GEC, Friends of NSPSF, and local communities;
  • The project has organised a capacity building programme focusing on Best Management Practices (BMP) on Oil Palm Plantation for smallholders adjacent to the forest reserve. This was done in partnership with Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) & Sime Darby Plantation.Twenty seven smallholders were involved in the programme; and
  • 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.

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


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