Kuala Gula Wetland

Region

Asia

Country

Malaysia

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

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 staff.

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 encompasses 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 the 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 awareness activities 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 4⁰ 55’26.50” N,100⁰ 27’ 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 actively participating in roadshows or exhibitions in schools to promote the importance of mangroves. An education exhibit such as “Mangrove: Our Priceless Treasure” is placed near the strategic location for education and awareness 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.

Work Areas

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 organised yearly event based on Environment Theme Day such as World Wetland Days to involve the community and public in awareness raising activities. FOM is actively participating in roadshows or exhibitions in schools to promote the importance of mangroves. An education exhibit such as “Mangrove: Our Priceless Treasure” is placed near the strategic location for education and awareness 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 Commission on Education 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 activities 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 awareness activities especially mangrove planting but limited facilitators and fund. Activity calender need to be planned and FOM organised meeting every two weeks to distribute and share the task/duty amongst the members to ensure the activity run smoothly. 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.

Expertise

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.

Contact

Chin Sing Yun / Balu Perumal / Hyrul Izwan Mohd Husin
Global Environment Centre
2nd 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 addresses:

www.friendsofmangrove.org.my 

www.sahabathutanbakau.org.my 

www.gec.org.my

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