Restoration of NSPSF through Community -Based Peatlands Water Management and Rehabilitation
In July 2017, our partnership continues with HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad through a three year project to further expand the rehabilitation initiative through local community participation at North-eastern and South-eastern part of the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest. With total area of 2000 hectare, this rehabilitation initiative implements sustainable management and wise use of peatlands, reduce risk of fire and associated haze and contribute to socioeconomic development of local community. On top of that, it complements the implementation of Integrated Management Plan for North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest 2014 – 2023.
Funder: HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad
Partners: Kuala Selangor District Council, Selangor State Forestry Department (SSFD), District Education Office, Sahabat Hutan Gambut
To promote sustainable management and wise use of peatlands in North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest and the surrounding areas, so that
- the local livelihoods can be sustained,
- the risk of fire and associated haze can be reduced, and
- contribute to local and global environmental management.
To enhance the implementation of Integrated Management Plan for North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (2014 – 2023) and surrounding areas through strengthened capacity of local community, multistakeholder partnerships, and testing of innovative approaches and rehabilitation in selected project site.
Activity1: Rehabilitation of degraded areas of North-eastern and South-eastern part of NSPSF (Bukit Belata (Extension) & Sungai Karang Forest Reserves)
- GEC with guidance from SSFD carried out project site assessments in March 2018. Potential location for rehabilitation activities (canal blockings and planting at the degraded area) were successfully mapped and analysed.
- 3,600 trees were bought and planted in 6 hectares of degraded project area through tree planting activities. A total of 1,167 volunteers from Malaysian public and foreigners were involved.
- 70 pax of local communities, government agencies and non – government agencies joined a workshop focused on community participation in the Conservation and Rehabilitation of Peat Swamp Forest in Selangor (July, 2018).
- On-going maintenance activities being carried at FC 82 and FC 38 including weeding, thinning, fertilizer application and replanting at 3 ha of planted sites in FC 82.
- Regular fire prevention and patrolling
Activity 2: Strengthen and empowerment of the Local communities and the private sector in the protection and wise use in North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest and surrounding areas to prevent and control fires
- The Sahabat Hutan Gambut Selangor Utara (SHGSU) members are actively involved in the forest patrolling and monitoring activity around the RMFR and its vicinity to monitor and prevent any peatland wildfire occurrences.
- Patrollers consist of member from SHGSU are hired to perform water table monitoring activities from 16 piezometers at the forest and adjacent oil palm plantations twice a week.
- A Fire Danger Rating System (FDRS) has been installed in 2017. Patrollers are hired to update the FDRS boards on daily basis based on data obtain from MetMalaysia.
- GEC and SSFD have assisted PKPS in constructing canal blocks within their oil palm plantation to control water levels and prevent fires.
- A 'Stingless Bee Farming Programme' was organised on 22 July 2020 at Selangor Fruit Valley to train the local communities (SHGSU) and have them explore the potential of stingless honey as a sustainable livelihood. PHOTOS
Activity 3: Enhance the engagement of school children in peatland conservation, (Peatland Forest Ranger Programme & Junior Peatland Forest Ranger)
- Carried out annual tree planting activity in conjunction with World Wetlands Day 2018 Forest Compartment 99 and 100 of Raja Musa Forest Reserve. 214 participants comprising various agencies, state government departments, corporate bodies, educational institutions and local communities joined the event.
- Organising online learning activities for schools to replace the training camps and talks at schools under the Peatland Forest Ranger (PFR) Programme which runs from December 2020 until March 2021. More info click HERE
Activity 4: Promote the importance of community based peatlands water management and rehabilitation, especially North-eastern and South-eastern part of NSPSF (Bukit Belata (Extension) & Sungai Karang Forest Reserves to the general public.
- Regular update of current information on peatlands on GEC's peat portal.
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