Forest & Coastal Programme

Dwindling of forest and wetlands habitats often negatively affecting socio-economic development of a country, climate regulation and environmental stability. By managing the forest and wetland sustainably, the negative impacts can be mitigated. In GEC, we promote and support sustainable management of forests and wetlands. Our aim is to conserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change through awareness and rehabilitation at local, national and regional levels. The main focus is development and promotion of community-based forest management and rehabilitation activities. GEC also supports international cooperation and national actions to reduce deforestation, prevent forest degradation and fires, promote a sustainable livelihood and better income among forest - dependent communities.

Objective:

To support the protection and sustainable use of forests and wetlands through integrated management of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem-based risk reduction and climate change.


Project Sites

Ecotourism Initiative


Forest and Coastal Rehabilitation Projects  

Social empowerment and sustainable livelihood strategies to enhance the rural economy for Orang Asli Temuan communities in Mukim Tanjung Duabelas, Kuala Langat District, Selangor

Project status: Ongoing

The project focuses on empowering and building the capacity of the Temuan Orang Asli communities towards social entrepreneurship to enhance the livelihood options of the communities. 

 

Mangrove Conservation and Climate Action for Sustainable Living Programme in Kuala Muda, Kedah

Project status: Ongoing

The project aims to protect the remaining mangroves and rehabilitate degraded areas through tree planting and maintenance in Kuala Muda, Kedah.

 

Building Community-based Mangrove Conservation, Protection and Resilience to address Climate Change in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia

Project status: Ongoing

The project spans over four states in the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and aims to address the mangrove degradation issues, reduce the effects of coastal erosion and deal with the issues of rising sea levels due to climate change at local level. 

 

Nurturing Rural Resilience through Nature Based Solutions towards Climate Change Adaptation 2023

Project status: Ongoing

The project aims to plant 12,000 trees at degraded peatland, mangrove and rural village areas in Selangor with active community participation and develop community capacity to adapt to climate change.  

 

Support the implementation of Mangrove Forest Ranger (MFR) Programme 2023-2025

Project status: Ongoing

The project aims to increase the knowledge and awareness of the importance of mangroves at the same time can protect and enhance their natural environment amongst the secondary and primary schools in Kota Tinggi District and nearby districts that have the potential to be involved in this environmental education programme.   

 

Community-based Mangrove Conservation in Buruk Bakul Village, Indonesia & Mekong Delta, Viet Nam

Project status: Ongoing

The project focuses on mitigating the coastal erosion and rehabilitating 11 hectares of degraded mangroves with coastal communities in Riau Province in Sumatra, Indonesia and Soc Trang Province in the Lower Mekong Delta, Viet Nam. 

 

Recovery Project in Gunung Arong Forest Reserve, Johor

Project status: Ongoing

TH Plantations Berhad (THP) and GEC partners to protect and rehabilitate forests and peatlands in the north-eastern portion of Gunung Arong Forest Reserve, Johor.

 

Sustainable Land Management in Sensitive Areas (Peatland)

Project status: Ongoing

Through this project, Department of Agriculture and GEC are pioneering peatland sustainable management project in Johan Setia, Selangor and developing agriculture management guideline on peatlands.

 

Community-based Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme In Pulau Tanjung Surat, Johor

Project status: Ongoing

GEC has partnered with Aramco Overseas Malaysia (AOM) Sdn. Bhd to carry out another 3 years of Aramco’s Malaysia mangrove planting initiative.

 

OCBC Bank’s Mangrove Tree Planting Project in Tebuk Mendeleng, Sabak Bernam Selangor

Project status: Ongoing

The project aims to plant 9,000 mangrove trees which approximately covers an area of 4.5 ha of mangrove forest in Tebuk Mendeleng, followed with monitor and nurture over the next three years.

 

Restoration of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest through Community-based Peatlands Water Management and Rehabilitation 

Project status: Ongoing

The goal of this project is to rehabilitate Raja Musa Forest Reserve (RMFR) and Sungai Karang Forest Reserve (SKFR) in Selangor and strengthen stakeholders’ capacity in sustainable management and wise use of the forests. 

 

Mangrove Rehabilitation (Tree Planting & Two Years Maintenance) In Kampung Dato Hormat, Sabak Bernam 

Project status: Ongoing

Under this project, 4,000 trees will be planted on two hectares of degraded mangrove area in Tebuk Mendeleng within the first and second year including the maintenance. An additional planting of two hectares will be determined in the second year of the project period from 2022 to 2024. 

 

Empowering Orang Asli Community in Sustainable Llivelihoods and Community Leadership Development in Mukim Tanjung Duabelas, Kuala Langat District, Selangor 

Project status: Ongoing

The aim of this project is to support the improvement of the socioeconomic status of Orang Asli Temuan community in Kuala Langat District by tailoring strategic community empowerment and livelihood enhancement interventions.

 

Conservation of Southeast (SE) Portion of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (NSPSF) Phase 1 - Bukit Belata (Ext.) Forest Reserve (BBEFR) 2020-2023

Project status: Ongoing

The project focuses on the long-term protection and rehabilitation of the Bukit Belata (Ext.) Forest Reserve (BBEFR), which covers an area of 3,140ha of lowland dipterocarp and peat swamp forest, in the SE portion of the NSPSF. The project works directly with the targeted local communities at the selected site to establish mechanisms for their involvement in the conservation and sustainable use of the resource and assisting the Selangor State Forestry Department in enhancing engagement of local communities in the implementation of the Integrated Management Plan for North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (2014-2023). 

Mangrove Rehabilitation (Tree Planting & Maintenance) In Sungai Limau, Lekir Perak

Project status: Ongoing

The project aims to support mangrove forest conservation and rehabilitation in Sungai Limau, Manjung, Perak which can support the livelihood and welfare of the local communities while protecting and enhancing the surrounding mangrove ecosystem.

Innisfree Malaysia - Green Forest Campaign

Project status: Ongoing

An initiative taken by Innisfree Malaysia on a green campaign concerning the forest sustainability. The approach undertaken is via planting more trees to help sustain the habitat endangered species, climate change, quality of air and protecting peatland in sustainable manner.

Restoration of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest Through Community-Based Peatlands Water Management and Rehabilitation

Project status: Ongoing

A three year project that aims to further expand the rehabilitation initiative through local community participation at North-eastern and South-eastern part of the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest.

Community-based Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood Programme in Kuala Gula – Kerian and Sitiawan – Manjung, Perak

Project status: Ongoing

This project aims to conserve the mangrove areas at Kuala Gula, Kerian and Lekir, Manjung in Perak to improve the quality of the coastline and slow down the coastal erosion. 

 

Empowering Orang Asli in Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Peat Swamps in Selangor and Pahang

Project status: Completed

This project aims to utilize the engagement of local Orang Asli in KLNFR and SEPPSF. Activities designed under this project will empower the local communities to help care for the forest as well as increase their capacity to generate alternative sustainable livelihood.

 

Partnership in Conservation and Rehabilitation of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest - Phase 2

Project status: Completed

The project aimed to conserve and support ongoing rehabilitation of 50 hectares of degraded areas in Forest Compartment 32 and 70 of Raja Musa Forest Reserve.  The project directly addresses one of Sime Darby Foundation’s key priorities – namely the protection and preservation of the high conservation value ecosystem is protected.

Community-based Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods in Sungai Johor, Malaysia

Project status: Completed

By implementing innovative community development programmes (capacity building + empowerment of local community), this project hopes to improve economic opportunities and improve social conditions of locals in a sustainable way.

 

Mangrove Planting in Kampung Dato Hormat in partnership with UPS Foundation 

Project status: Completed

This project aimed to rehabilitate 2ha of the degraded mangrove area with local comunities participation at Kampung Dato Hormat, Sabak Bernam.

 

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

Project status: Completed

This project aims to enhance engagement of local and indigenous communities residing near the forest reserve by creating opportunities through conserving the peat swamp forest ecosystem.

 

Community based Recreational Fishery and Ecotourism in Sembilan Islands

Project status: Completed

The three year project focused on exploring opportunities for the indentification of community-based resource management areas.

 

Southern Manjung Mangroves: Restoration and Conservation of Mangrove Forest and Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Programme

Project status: Completed

The Restoration and Conservation of Mangrove Forest (RCMF) & Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Programme (SALP) in Southern Manjung, Perak offi­cially began in October 2014, aimed at rehabilitating degraded mangrove belt along the Southern Manjung mangrove coastal through community based rehabilitation programme.

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

Project status: Completed

Funded by Yayasan Sime Darby, the project objectives were to strengthen the efforts for fire prevention, rehabilitation and conservation of the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest.

Participation of Friends of North Selangor Peatland Forest in Peat Water Management and Forest Rehabilitation Adjacent to Raja Musa Forest Reserve

Project status: Completed

This project has 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.

One Tyre One Good Deed Campaign

Project status: Completed

With the launched of Ecopia EP100A, Bridgestone Tyre Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd has strengthen its committment to the environment through "One Tyre One Good Deed" campaign in which 1 ringgit will be contributed towards rehabilitation activities in Raja Musa FR for every tyre being sold.

Ecological Mangrove Rehabilitation for Village Protection and Sustainable Community Livelihood

Project status: Completed

The two year duration project focused on rehabilitating degraded mangrove belt along Bernam River through ecological mangrove rehabilitation (EMR) approach. Eight hectare of the degraded area was rehabilitated with local community participation to recover the degraded mangrove to its nearest original condition and to prevent intrusion of river water into the village.

Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve Fire Prevention Initiatives

Project status: Completed

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. In 2014, more than 350 ha of the forest got burnt during the dry season.