Date: 29 November 2018
Location: Taman Tugu Phase 2 Trails
Global Environment Centre (“GEC”) celebrated their 20th anniversary in Malaysia where they conducted a river restoration exercise at the Taman Tugu Phase 2 trails, which will be opened to the public in late December this year.
The session involved identifying the source of the stream then clearing the area and other parts of the stream to ensure cleanliness and smooth flow of water. Then wetland plants, which also act as natural water filters, such as Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth, were placed in the water body whilst Cattail and Coco-Yam were planted at the river banks.
After the activity, the team were taken on a guided walk towards the Taman Tugu Nursery via the Phase 1 trails, which are already opened to the public.
We are in collaboration with GEC to develop 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 outdoor classroom sessions to instil 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 GEC for this collaboration and for assisting us in this restoration in order to prepare the site as a river open education centre.
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.