Date: 16 July 2019
Location: Taman Tugu
The National Anti-Drug Agensi (“AADK”), an agency under the purview of The Ministry of Home Affairs that oversees drug related matters in Malaysia, kicked-off their “Go-Green” programme where a number of their staff and clients under their care assisted us and our partner Global Environment Centre (“GEC”) to restore the stream at the Taman Tugu Phase 2 trails this morning.
The session started at the Taman Tugu Nursery with clients registration and some light breakfast. The “Go Green” progamme was officiatted by Dato’ Izhar bin Abu Talib, Deputy Director General (Operations) of AADK, with a simple ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a short speech briefly explaining the intent of the “Go-Green” program which is to instill awareness towards the importance of the preservation of nature in their social programs with the clients under their care. The Taman Tugu team presented Dato’ Izhar a Merbau sapling which was propagated at the Nursery grounds as a sign of appreciation for AADK’s support towards the park and the Taman Tugu Project as a whole. A brief by GEC about the waterways and their importance to the ecosystem was then given followed by details of the activity. From there, the participants were taken on a guided forest trail walk to the stream at the Phase 2 trails where the AADK participants cleared up forest debris from the source and other parts of the stream to allow for the water to flow smoothly and to ensure cleanliness.
After the activity, the team continued with the guided forest walk back to the Taman Tugu Nursery. After the laborious yet fulfilling tasks, the AADK team wrapped the day up with their reflection session followed by lunch at the Taman Tugu Nursery.
Members from the AADK team were pleasantly surprised by this forest in the city – they didn’t know such a place existed. They are grateful for the forest regeneration efforts and stated they will frequent Taman Tugu with their families.
The stream restoration is an ongoing process and we are aiming to fully restore the stream in order for it to further balance the ecosystem of Taman Tugu as rivers and streams are an integral part of the ecosystem. Additionally, we are in collaboration with GEC to run the Taman Tugu River Open Education Centre which is an outdoor classroom focusing on river conservation – teaching about the importance of our local waterways and empowering people to protect the waterways from pollution. The aim of the classroom is to create a river care society, acquiring strong environmental values, and becoming more environmentally sustainable especially on our river source.
We aspire for these restoration activities and outdoor classroom sessions to instill a sense of ownership and care towards the environment and nature and act as a platform for people to be exposed to nature, understand where our water comes from, and to value it. These efforts are for the general public and we hope that by getting them to spend more time with nature, it will make them guardians of it.
We would like to express our heartiest gratitude to AADK and clients for their support of the Taman Tugu Project and conservation of public green spaces.
If you or your organisation would like to organise any events and/ or activities at Taman Tugu, or if you are interested or would like to get your children to participate in the River Open Education Centre programme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.