Kuching Wetland National Park

Region

Asia

Country

Malaysia

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Asia

About

Name of organisation

Forest Department Sarawak

Funding support

Sarawak State Government
Malaysian Federal Government

Number of staff

860

Number of visitors per year

3,833

Overall aims of the centre

To manage and develop forest resources for socio-economic and environmental sustainability

Description of the centre

Location: Kuching, Sarawak, MALAYSIA
Size of site: 6,610 hectares
A saline mangrove system with flora comprising predominantly the genera Rhizophora, Avicennia and Sonneratia. The site harbours such noteworthy species as Estuarine Crocodile Crocodylus porosus, Proboscis Monkey Nasalis larvatus (endemic to Borneo and listed as 'Endangered', IUCN Red List), Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus ('Vulnerable'), and Griffith's Silver Leaf Monkey Trachypithecus villosus. The site has value as a breeding and nursery ground for fish and prawn species - 43 families of fishes and 11 species of prawns have been recorded, many of which are commercially important.

Its proximity to the city of Kuching, the Damai resort complex, and two other national parks renders it of high potential value for tourism, education and recreation. The area is historically important: there was a Chinese settlement there probably as early as the 1st century AD, and early Malay, Hindu and Buddhist relics from the 9th century AD have been excavated at Santubong Village. Ramsar site no. 1568.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

The department’s key activities for CEPA are community support programs, dialogue with local communities and education programs to school for raising environmental awareness.

Top three successes

In Kuching Wetland National Park, the department have targeted 100,000 mangrove trees to be planted in order to rehabilitate it’s degraded area. As of now, there are already 98,000 mangrove trees already planted since 2010 at the site due to tremendous support from local communities and other stakeholders.

Community support programs. The department helps to upgrade traditional snack processing and collection centre located near the Ramsar site. There are already 6 processing centre upgraded to enhance the community’s livelihood.

Top three challenges

Lack of infrastructure for visitors due to lack of funding;
Pollution from neighbouring villages;
Development projects surrounding the site and it’s long term impact on the ecosystem

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials; Using audio-visual tools

Visitor centres

 

Participation

Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Working with primary schools; Working with secondary schools

General

Running effective administration; Project planning.

Contact

Name: Irmadiana Ardi
E-mail: irmadiana1989@gmail.com
Phone: +6014-9921756
https://forestry.sarawak.gov.my/
https://rsis.ramsar.org/ris/1568

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