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Summary of Activities at Biodiversity centre, Gunung Brinchang 2017

by Cheam May Choo

1.Research with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

A letter of intent was signed with the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK on the 31st of March 2017 at the biodiversity site in Gunung Brinchang.

In the Letter of Intent, it is stated that both parties shall cooperate in the field of research and conservation as well as field data sharing related to but not limited to research and development and other forms of academic/social collaboration and sharing of resources, facilities, knowledge and skills at the respective institutions for the purpose of research and conservation.After the signing, UMK presented Reach with 2 large posters and 3 research reports.The first poster is on butterflies, moths and beetles. and is prepared by students Nur Amira Zamari Aris, Nursyahirah Zakaria and Nurul Ain Sha’ari and lecturer Cik Nivaarani Arumugam.The second poster is on lichens.The lichens were photographed and documented by Dr Suganthi Appalasamy and Dr Boon Jia Geng

3 research reports were prepared by UMK students ie Diversity of Butterfly at Reach biodiversity centre by Nur Amira bt Zamari Aris, Diversity of Moth at Reach biodiversity centre by Nursyahirah bt Zakaria and Diversity of Beetles at Reach Biodiverisity centre by Nurul Ain Bt Sha’ari. All 3 studies were done at the Reach Biodiversity Centre from July 2016 to August 2016.

In July 2017, 3 groups of students and lecturers conducted research at the Biodiversity Centre. The groups are as follows:

GROUP 1                                                                                                                      

5 students and a lecturer conducted research on small mammals and bats from 6th to 20th of July 2017. The group was headed by  Dr. Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran

GROUP 2

This group of 5 students and 2 lecturers did research on flora from the 6 to 7th of July 2017 and were led by Dr. Suganthi Appalasamy.

GROUP 3

This group of 10 students, 2 lecturers and a lab assistant conducted research on flora from the 10th to 15th of July 2017 and were led by Dr. Nazahatul Anis Amaludin and  Dr. Radhiah Zakaria.

2.Collaboration with Meteorological Department on Climate Monitoring

In October 2016 a memorandum of understanding was signed with the Meteorological Department of Malaysia to cooperate in the development and support of research in Climate Monitoring and Atmospheric composition at the Biodiversity Centre in Gunung Brinchang. It would be for a period of 5 years. The findings would be shared by both parties.

In 2017, monitoring of 4 atmospheric parameters began. They include NO nitrogen oxide, NO2 nitrogen dioxide, SO2 sulphur dioxide, and NH# amnonia. Readings are taken monthly and shared with the Meteorological Department. A report on the findings will be out soon.

Reach would like to pay tribute to the memory of the late Mr Ong Lian Poh, former head of  Cameron Highlands Weather Station who worked hard to make this possible.

3.Research on preparation of soil improvement material for organic farming

Mr Ng Tien Khuan is currently conducting research on the preparation of soil improvement material using the biodynamic process. In 2017, good quality biodynamic preparation was successfully produced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signing the Letter of Intent with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan

Following previous year’s discussion with Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK, a letter of intent was signed with them on the 31st of March 2017 at the biodiversity site in Gunung Brinchang.

UMK was represented by (above picture from left to right)  Dr Kamarul Ariffin bin Kambali, Dr Nazahatul Anis Amaludin, Dr Radhiah Zakaria, Cik Nivaarani Arumugam, Assoc. Prof Dr Aweng Eh Rak, Dr Jayaraj Vijaya Kumaran,Dr Suganthi Appalasamy, Dr Norrimi Rosaida Awang, En Roodhran Amirtham, Madam Aaina Syazwani bin Mohamad Amir Hamzah.

while REACH was represented by Encik Ramakrishnan Ramasamy, Puan Hazlinda, Mr Wong Seng Yee , Encik Uthaya Kumar and Encik Khairil.

In the Letter of Intent, it is stated that both parties shall cooperate in the field of research and conservation as well as field data sharing related to but not limited to research and development and other forms of academic/social collaboration and sharing of resources, facilities, knowledge and skills at the respective institutions for the purpose of research and conservation.

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.

A day of fun ,out in the sun

22nd September 2016 – Today was a day of fun, out in the sun for 15 students and teachers from Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School. This is the time of the year when our programmes for local school children take off. Examinations seem miles away and the mountains  beckon. As always it was great to take these youngsters for a visit to our highlands and see through their eyes the beauty of our forests. Everything is interesting to them and their energy abounds. There are more groups to come and it is indeed a pleasure to impart to them the importance of forest conservation.img_1305img_1246img_1250img_1253

Upcoming activities for September and October 2016

We are pleased to announce that with the completion of the Standard 6 UPSR exams , more schools are able to participate in our programmes. Our mossy forest visits and biodiversity centre programmes are sponsored by CIMB bank, while our Community Stream Investigation and English based Environmental programmes are sponsored by HRH Tunku Imran and Mr Paul Chuah.

1.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SK Ringlet & SK Brinchang ;No of pax 29;Completed

20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting ;SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax: 20 Completed

21.9.16 Community Stream Investigation; SJKC Kea farm ; No of Pax: Whole school; Completed

22.9.16 Mossy forest tour and Bio-D Activity; SJKC Bertam Valley; No of Pax : 20;Pick up Point: Completed

26.9.16 Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D activity; SK Convent;  No of Pax: 32;Pick up Point : Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site Completed

27.9.16 : Mossy Forest Tour and Bio D Activity; SJKT Tanah Rata ; No of Pax: 15 ; Pick up Point: Tanah Rata pasar minggu site Completed

27.9.16 English based Environmental Programme;SK KgRaja 10.30 to 12.30 pm ;Participants: Whole school Completed

4.10.16  Community Stream Investigation; SK Convent; No of pax: 32 Completed

5.10.16 English Based Environmental Programme;SJKC Tanah Rata;   No of pax: 80 Completed

18.10.16 Community Stream Investigation ; SJKC Cameron : 30 pax

11.11.16 Mossy Forest Visit and Bio D Activity; SJKC Tanah Rata;To be confirmed