Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Funding support: State Government and other corporate supporters such as HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad and project-based activities
Number of staff: 9 staffs( including security guard)
Overall aims of the centre
Mangrove conservation and mangrove seed banks.
Sanctuary for mammals and Local & migratory birds.
Mangrove education, awareness & enrichment
Enhancement of local community (Job opportunity, Fisherman & Fireflies sanctuary).
Promoting Sustainable Eco-tourism industry in Kuala Selangor
Be a platform to indicate and troubleshoot the environment issues in Kuala Selangor (Community & Government – Advisor)
Description of the centre
Size of the site: 800 acres and located at the northern state of Selangor. It is about 70 km northwest of Kuala Lumpur.
Types of habitats: Secondary forest, man-made brakish lake system, mangroves, the Selangor River estuary and mud-flats that open to the Straits of Malacca.
Species it supports / importance:
It supports a large variety of wildlife such as insects, crustaceans, mammals, reptiles and resident birds. Between mid-September and April the following year, the fertile mudflats and lake become a popular stopover for migratory birds. It is a well-known birding area; 156 resident and migratory birds have been recorded so far. Of this number, 57 are migratory birds which include shrikes, pond-herons, bee-eaters, water cocks and 28 species of waders.
Some key species:
Silvered-leaf monkey (Presbytis cristata), Milky Stork (Mycteria cinerea), Lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus), smooth otter (Lutrogale prespicillata), Mangrove tiger butterfly (Danaus affinis malayanus), etc
Main CEPA work areas
Corporate Social Responsibilities Program
Junior Volunteer – Friends of Kuala Selangor (among the secondary school students and youths in the vicinity of Kuala Selangor)
Environmental education – school children (pre-schools, primary, secondary), higher learning institutions, government agencies and corporate sectors.
Programs are divided into:
a. Walk-in guests
b. Guided tours
c. Nature camps
d. Special projects – Treasures of Kuala Selangor
Awareness raising – Festival of Wings (awareness on birds and bird migration phenomenon)
Publication: posters, modules, books
Community awareness raising (road show on important of conservation and preservation surrounding environment resources etc, Mangrove ecosystem, Fireflies sanctuary, river and others )
Establishment of Mangrove Nursery and Mangrove enrichment program
Environment Volunteering program with local and international nature lovers
Smart partnership program with local and international agencies on exchange ideas and program modules.
Top three successes
Management of the KSNP : Signing MOU between Selangor State Government and MNS & Established KSNP Park Steering Committee
Established Mangrove Nursery & Mangrove Tree Planting Program (Enrichment / Green program)
Established variety of Corporate Social Responsibility Program to the corporate partners.
Top three challenges
Maintenance and Upgrade of KSNP Facilities (Poor Financial Support @ operation cost higher than net income)
Lack of staff resources / Manpower (Poor Financial Support @ operation cost higher than net income)
Conservation and preservation the KSNP nature treasure; supervision of illegal logging or land clearing(for agriculture activity)
Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools; Developing nature trails
Setting up a new visitor centre; Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures
Working with disabled people; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers
Education and communication
Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools; Lobbying / running campaigns; Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials
PR and marketing; Fund-raising; Project planning.