REACH receives grant from National River Care Fund for CSI Community Stream Investigation Programme

Reach is pleased to announce that we have successfully received a grant from the National River Care Fund for our CSI programme. The National River Care Fund is a small grant programme established by GEC Global Environment Centre to support local community groups/ community based organisation to pursue their own river conservation initiatives.

The other recipients of this fund include:

1. Persatuan Pelajar Fakulti Pengajian Alam Sekitar Universiti Putra Malaysia with Project Title :Water of Life @ Serdang

2.Aquatic Science Student Association, UCSI University with Project Title: Orang Asli River Hydrophonic System

3. Jawatankuasa Kemajuan Kampung Batu 16 Dusun Tua with Project Title: Love Our Rivers Campaign

4. Federasi Kolektif DIY Ampang with Project Title : Ulu Yam River Rehabilitation

5,Pertubuhan Gagasan Prihatin Semenyih with Project Title: Semenyih River Pollution Monitoring

We would like to thank Miss Melody Woon for heading this project.

CSI with SJKC Cameron on the 10th November 2016

This CSI Community Stream Investigation programme with SJKC Cameron (Ringlet) was the last CSI programme for 2016 . Since the cost of conducting the CSI programme is low and funds are still available, more of such CSI activities for local schools will be carried out in 2017. For schools and groups outside of Cameron Highlands a small fee is incurred . At least a month’s notice is required and subject to the availability of facilitators and volunteers, these programmes can be arranged.DSCN4960DSCN4966DSCN4999

CSI with Sri Kuala Lumpur International School

Our CSI programmes are usually conducted for local schools but occasionally we conduct such programmes for outstation schools,private or corporate groups. Programmes are held at the Sg Pauh site which is within  the Forestry Department grounds. Each programme will start off with a briefing, followed by physical,chemical and biological analysis of Sg Pauh (the clean river) and Sg Bertam ( the contaminated river). The facilitators are usually Dr Liau or Miss Melody Woon and they are assisted by a few volunteers.

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Sungai Wi Expedition 2017-Planning

In line with Reach policy of studying and documenting the wildlife of Cameron Highlands, Reach is planning a scientific expedition to Sungai Wi towards the middle of 2017. Sungai Wi Forest Reserve is on the north eastern area of Cameron Highlands bordering Kelantan and covers an acreage of 11,417 hectares. It was gazetted in 1997 and is the largest forest reserve in Cameron Highlands. With altitudes ranging from 500 metres above sea level to 1900 metres above sea level (near the peak of Gunung Swettenham at the Kelantan border), we expect to see a range of vegetation. This would include the Hill Dipterocarp Forest, Upper Dipterocarp Forest (750 m to 1200m), Lower Montane Forest or Oak Laurel Forest (1200-1500m) and Upper Montane Forest or Cloud Forest (>1500m). Besides Sg Wi, the other 2 rivers draining this area is Sg Rening and Sg Bertak.IMG_0726IMG_0727

Reach will be collaborating with JPSM (Forestry department of Peninsular Malaysia) and the Pahang Forestry Department. Reach is now in the midst of seeking funding for this expedition. Participants are by invitation only and would include experts from FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia), local universities such as UiTM, UKM, UPM. MNS( Malaysia Nature Society) Retired Scientists, JPSM , Perhilitan and State Forestry Department. We will provide the logistic support, food , accommodation at the base and field camps. We will also organise a seminar 6 months after the expedition. Participants are required to share their findings and Reach will collaborate with them in the publication of these findings.