Indigenous Community Participation in Peatland Water Management and Forest Rehabilitation Work in Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR)

Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve is a 960 ha area of peat swamp forest. It supports the conservation of rare species of flora and fauna and has significant importance to local community and indigenous that have loved in the area and harvested its resources for many years. Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve is a forest reserve has been coming under increasing pressure by its surrounding development and large portions have been impacted by fire in recent years. This had led the area susceptible to peat fires and oxidization; indirectly contribute to carbon emission and global warming. In 2014, more than 350 ha of the forest got burnt during the dry season.

In 2017, GEC has entered a partnership with Boh Plantation and Gamuda Land to enhance engagement of local and indigenous communities residing near the forest reserve by creating opportunities through conserving the peat swamp forest ecosystem. KLNFR has multitude potential for conservation, education, recreation and ecotourism that can be leveraged by local and indigenous communities. The project also aims to implement Fire Management Plan and further reduce the degradation of the forest.

Duration: 2017-2018

Funder: Boh Plantation & Gamuda Land

Partners: Selangor State Forestry Department and Selangor State Government

Target Groups: Local community, Orang Asli


Project Progress:

Activity 1: Establishing Sahabat Hutan Gmabut Selangor Selatan (SHGSS)

Activity 2: Supporting the implementation of Forest Fire Management Plan for KLNFR and KLSFR (2017 - 2021)

Activity 3: Enhancing the engagement of primary school children in peat swamp forest conservation through Peat Swamp Forest Ranger (PFR) Programme

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