On the 21st of March 2009, a group of Malaysia Entrepreneurs joined Eco Warriors to plant 10,000 trees at North Selangor Peat Forest.
Where is it? You’ll have to get into North South PLUS highway towards Ipoh, and exit at Bukit Tagar (exit 119), and follow the direction to Batang Berjuntai and Kuala Selangor.
This event is held in conjunction with the World Forestry Day 2009, a community tree planting activity organized in the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (NSPSF) by Global Environment Centre (GEC) in collaboration with Selangor State Forestry Department, Eco Warriors Malaysia and PATT (Plant-A-Tree-Today.org).
World Forestry Day has been celebrated around the world for 30 years to remind communities of the importance of forests and the many benefits which we gain from them. Up to 500 volunteers are expected to participate in the planting of 10,000 seedlings of an indigenous peat swamp forest species. The Raja Musa Peat Forest Rehabilitation Programme is an initiative to rapidly create forest cover in the degraded reserve and bring back its biodiversity. It will be implemented in collaboration with the communities.
The Selangor State Forestry Department and Global Environment Centre are in partnership to rehabilitate the degraded areas through various activities such as water management and replanting of indigenous peat forest species. Eco Warriors Malaysia and PATT focus on the mobilization of volunteers that support the planting.
The planting site is on an area approximately on 670 ha of degraded forest in the North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest (NSPSF) which covers an area approximately 70,000 ha and is one of the remaining largest contiguous areas of peat swamp forest in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. NSPSF is currently under threat of constant degradation from fires caused by irresponsible human activities.
It was really a great adventure and unforgettable experienced as we are required to carry the samplings as many as we can. BUT before we can plant a tree, we’ll have to wade around the swampy pools though deep warm mud.
Some of us did got stuck and some even fell into the swamp! Isn’t that fun as we don’t have the chance to do this often?
I did managed to catch some photos. We definitely have a good laugh comparing the before and after photos. :)
– Matthias Gelber
– Aidan A Chew
– Alex Siew
– Chingyen Thoo
– Christine Peter
– Dennis Wm Loo
– Iris Khoo
– Evelyn Ang
– James Lsy
– Kengyew Tham
– Leng Marcel
– Melvin Chan
– Mohd Hafeez
– Sharief Manjur
– Shyam Priah