R.E.A.C.H is a community based organisation formed in 2001 by a group of Cameron Highlands residents alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating environment especially the declining forests and water quality. R.E.A.C.H. aims to preserve, restore and maintain Cameron Highlands as an environmentally sustainable agriculture and hill resort within a permanent nature reserve. We strive to maintain a balance between environmental protection and development and to safeguard water catchment areas as a vital resource for the highlands and lowlands. It is now run by a group of volunteers with funds from membership, donations, small grants, reforestation activities and sales of souvenirs.
BY JASPAL SINGH
Traces of endosulfan, edrine ketone, aldrin and DDE — a derivative of the dangerous DDT — were found in six sampling sites conducted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
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CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Traces of widely banned pesticides have been found in treated water and rivers here, said the Pesticide Action Network Asia and The Pacific (Panap).
According to its executive director Sarojeni V. Rengam, tests on samples drawn from six sites in the Bertam and Terla rivers, as well as treated water, found traces of pesticides.
More worrying is that endosulfan II, endrine ketone, aldrin and DDE (a derivative of DDT) residue have been found in Brinchang tap water.
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