Saving Our Peat Swamp Forest – A BOH Plantations Initiative

A group shot of the participating team with the VIPs

The Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) is a 960-hectare peatland forest. In 2017, about 95 hectares of the peat swamp forest was razed by fires due to its combustible nature as well as the hot and dry spell that commonly hits Malaysia. Peatland fires lead to the loss of forest resources, biodiversity and generate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and smoke which affect the health of local communities in addition to economic losses.

Ms. Caroline Russell, Deputy Chairman & CEO of BOH Plantations proudly showing her ‘Tenggek Burung’ tree she planted. Looking on are Encik Faizal Parish, Director of Global Environment Centre (left) and Mr. Michael Isthyben Sawairnathan, Manager of Kuala Selangor Nature Park

Ms. Caroline Russell, Deputy Chairman & CEO of BOH Plantations proudly showing her ‘Tenggek Burung’ tree she planted. Looking on are Encik Faizal Parish, Director of Global Environment Centre (left) and Mr. Michael Isthyben Sawairnathan, Manager of Kuala Selangor Nature Park

To conserve and rehabilitate this delicate ecosystem, 200 volunteers including 40 school children from SK (Asli) Busut Baru and SK (Asli) Bukit Cheeding, local communities, NGOs and corporate representatives, joined hands to save the KLNFR peat swamp forest. Together, they planted 600 trees of Tenggek Burung (Melicope lunu-ankenda), a pioneer species, on a 1-hectare plot of Forest Compartment 6, KLNFR.  The volunteers also learnt about the importance of the KLNFR ecosystem to its surrounding areas and its link to issues such as climate change. This awareness is crucial to change, and events like these are an important avenue to educate the masses about biodiversity and sustainable development.

A student showing off her ‘Tenggek Burung’ tree

A student showing off her ‘Tenggek Burung’ tree

Highlights at the event also included the launch of the Sahabat Hutan Gambut Kuala Langat Utara (SHGKLU) (Friends of Kuala Langat North Peat Swamp Forest), a ‘peat guardian team’ formed among the local indigenous people from two villages, namely, Kampung Bukit Cheeding and Kampung Pulau Kempas. They will work together to address the issues and assist on the conservation and protection of KLNFR and surrounding landscape.

YBhg Dato’ Dr. Hj. Mohd Puat bin Dahalan, Director of the Selangor State Forestry Department (far left) launches the Sahabat Hutan Gambut Kuala Langat Utara (SHGKLU; Friends of Kuala Langat North Peat Swamp Forest) together with Ms. Caroline Russell, Deputy Chairman & CEO of BOH Plantations (fifth from left) and Encik Faizal Parish, Director of Global Environment Centre (third from left)

YBhg Dato’ Dr. Hj. Mohd Puat bin Dahalan, Director of the Selangor State Forestry Department (far left) launches the Sahabat Hutan Gambut Kuala Langat Utara (SHGKLU; Friends of Kuala Langat North Peat Swamp Forest) together with Ms. Caroline Russell, Deputy Chairman & CEO of BOH Plantations (fifth from left) and Encik Faizal Parish, Director of Global Environment Centre (third from left)

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