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Kuala Gula Wetland

Kuala Gula Wetland

Name of organisation: Global Environment Centre (GEC)

Funding support: Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Malaysia Gov.,

Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, CIMB Foundation.

Number of staff:No staff based on site, activity is implemented by

40 members (local villagers) – known as Friends Of Mangrove (FOM)

which supported and guided by GEC staffs.

Number of visitors per year:

Overall aims of the centre

To rehabilitate the degraded mangrove area with community

participation;

To mobilise and educate local community and students about the

importance of mangroves to human being to support sustainable use

of natural resource;

To increase awareness on environmental issues.

To provide networking and experience sharing platform for the local

community and relevant government agencies in Wetland

Conservation

Description of the centre

Kuala Gula Wetland is a mangrove ecosystem which encompases a

multitude of habitats including the buffer areas of a river and its

tributaries, mangrove islands and mangrove coastal forests. The

mudflat and swampy areas of Kuala Gula mangrove have been a

place of stopover and feeding for various species of migratory and

resident birds including endagered species such as Lesser adjutant

and Milky stork. Kuala Gula Mangrove / Kuala Gula Wetland is

home to a large number of animal that range from big animals to

some as small as zooplankton. Among them are: variety of

crustaceans, (fiddler crab, rehab crab, tree climbing crab, etc),

molluscs (mud creeper, blood cockles, belitong, etc), reptiles (monitor

lizard, snakes, etc), fishes (mudskippers, catfish, grouper, etc), birds

(resident and migratory birds), and mammals (long-tailed macaque,

silvered leaf-monkey, otter, etc).

Kuala Gula Wetland main activity is community based-mangroves

conservation program which includes mangroves planting, education

on mangrove ecology and also as eco-tourism location. We educate

public about the importance of mangrove forests to human welfare,

especially to the coastal mangrove dwellers. Kuala Gula Wetland did

not have its own education centre, but we share/use the facility

provided at Wildlife Conservation Centre (Migration Birds), Kuala

Gula which manage by Department of Wildlife and National Parks

(PERHILITAN) of Perak. Average of 500 visitors/per month is visiting

Kuala Gula Wetland for leisure or ecotourism package. A total of

927 of visitors has participated in the FOM awaraness activites from

Jan-Oct 2010.

Kuala Gula Wetland is about 300 km north from Kuala Lumpur. It is

situated in Kerian District, Perak. Its location is at 455’26.50” N,10027’ 35.88” E.

Global Environment Centre (GEC) provides training, education, basic

knowledge and awareness on the threat and importance of

environment especially mangrove ecosystem to the public especially

members of FOM. Later, FOM will act as teacher to teach visitors

about environment.

We organized yearly event based on Environment Theme Day such

as World Wetland Days to involve the community and public in

awareness raising activities. FOM is activitely participating in

roadshows or exibitions in schools to promote the importance of

mangroves.

An education exibit such as “Mangrove: Our Priceless Treasure” is

placed near the stragetic location for education and awarness raising

purposes. An interpretive guided walk along the mangroves is

conducted for school groups or public based on booking.

FOM website (www.friendsofmangrove.org.my) was set up to provide

information sharing and promotes Kuala Gula Wetlands as well as the

community-based mangroves conservation programme.

 

Main CEPA work areas

Global Environment Centre (GEC) provides training, education, basic

knowledge and awareness on the threat and importance of

environment especially mangrove ecosystem to the public especially

members of FOM. Later, FOM will act as teacher to teach visitors

about environment.

We organized yearly event based on Environment Theme Day such

as World Wetland Days to involve the community and public in

awareness raising activities. FOM is activitely participating in

roadshows or exibitions in schools to promote the importance of

mangroves.

An education exibit such as “Mangrove: Our Priceless Treasure” is

placed near the stragetic location for education and awarness raising

purposes. An interpretive guided walk along the mangroves is

conducted for school groups or public based on booking.

FOM website (www.friendsofmangrove.org.my) was set up to provide

information sharing and promotes Kuala Gula Wetlands as well as the

community-based mangroves conservation programme.

Top three successes

1) Establishment of the nursery in Kuala Gula which can hold up to

20,000 mangrove seedlings through FOM and group effort

2) About 68,102 mangroves seedlings have been planted in as area

covering 28 ha of Telok Rubiah mudflats since 2007. A total of 3408

people from 64 visiting groups has participated in the mangroves

planting activities.

3) Active participation of schools in planting mangroves at Kuala Gula

Wetland with FOM. One of the outstanding school, SMK Teloi Kanan

from Kedah, has won many awards at both national and international

level. Their achievement was recognized and acknowledged by the

United Nation Cossission on Eudcation and Culture (UNESCO).

Top three challenges

1) Capacity building of local community especially FOM to be a

facilitator requires time and commitment of the local community. Long

term relationship need to be established and the activity must benefit

those who participate in FOM either directly or indirectly.

2) To attract visitors/participants to came to Kuala Gula Mangrove.

Involvement of school children, university / college students to join the

site activites and gain hand-on experience in planting mangroves and

walking in the mud stimulate a fun learning experience.

3) High demand of schools group in mangrove awarness activities

especially mangrove planting but limited facilitators and fund.

Activity calender need to be planned and FOM orgainsed meeting

every two weeks to distribute and share the task/duty amongths the

members to ensure the activity run smothly. Activity and conservation

fees are introduced to collect funds from participants which use to

cover the operation cost of the FOM and provides alternative income

to the community as well.

Interpretation techniques

Developing nature trails

Participation

Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools;

General

Fund-raising; Project planning.

Chin Sing Yun / Balu Perumal / Hyrul Izwan Mohd Husin

Global Environment Centre

2

nd

Floor, Wisma Hing, No 78, Jalan SS2/72,

47300, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

hyrul@gec.org.my

phone: +6 03 7957 2003

mobile Phone: +6 014 867 5654 (Hyrul Izwan Mohd Husin)

Website address:

www.friendsofmangrove.org.my / www.sahabathutanbakau.org.my /

www.gec.org.my

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