Conservation of SE Portion of NSPSF Phase 1 - Bukit Belata (ext.) Forest Reserve (BBEFR)
The project focuses on the long-term protection and rehabilitation of the Bukit Belata (Extension) Forest Reserve (BBEFR) which covers an area of 3,140ha of lowland dipterocarp and peat swamp forest, in the SE portion of the NSPSF. This forest reserve is facing increasing challenges from drainage, fire and degradation linked to the development of small-scale plantations and agriculture along its boundary as well as encroachment and drainage within the reserve. More than 350ha of forest and peatland in BBEFR have been degraded by fires, drainage and encroachment in recent years.
The project is working directly with the targeted local communities at the selected site to establish mechanisms and incentives for their involvement in the conservation and sustainable use of the resource. The project will be managed under the framework of the MoU between GEC and the Selangor State Government (2016-2023) for multi-stakeholder engagement in the protection and rehabilitation of forests in Selangor.
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Duration: March 2020 - 2023
Funder: Prosper Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd
The immediate objective of Phase 1 of the project (April 2020- March 2023) is to develop and implement a specific forest and peatland protection and rehabilitation programme for BBEFR with the following sub-objectives:
a. To develop a rehabilitation strategy for all the degraded forest and peatland in the BBEFR;
b. To rewet and initiate rehabilitation of at least 200 ha of degraded peatland and forest;
c. To prevent future fires and degradation throughout the BBEFR, in partnership with local communities and stakeholders.
- 20 hectares of planting site has been identified along with the suitable planting species and type of planting.
- 20 sites have been identified to build canal block which functions to maintain optimum peat water table and promote natural regeneration.
- As of December 2020, GEC has installed 5 camera traps and has recorded 11 known species including Sun Bear (V), Long-Tailed Macaque (V), Short-tailed Mongoose (NT), Panther/Leopard (CE), Tapir (EN), Great Argus (V), Crested fireback (NT) and others.
- Distributed food packages to twelve (12) selected Komuniti Warisan Hutan Sungai Tengi Selatan (KWHSTS) and Felda Sg. Tengi Selatan (FSTS) communities affected by the COVID-19 and Movement Control Orders (MCO).
- KWHSTS communities successfully established community nursery at FSTS with guidance from GEC to support the rehabilitation programme.
- Planted Melicope lunu-ankenda (Tenggek Burung) and Alstonia angustiloba (Pulai) trees from January to March at 5 hectares of degraded sites.
- Conducted maintenance activities of the planted trees with KWHSTS members such as thinning, weeding, fertilizer application and replacement planting at five (5) ha of the planted from June to September.
- A total 1,300 trees were replaced with dead trees at the planted sites.
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