GEC is committed to provide a better understanding about the importance of our rivers and appreciate the value of them. Therefore, we established a River Care Programme (RCP) focusing on promoting community participation in river and water resource protection and sustainable use through the Civic Science approach. We work closely with all stakeholders in solid waste management and water and river management, and believe that everyone has a role to play in the environment.
RCP mission is to promote the protection, restoration and sustainable use of rivers by enhancing multi-stakeholder participation and knowledge to stimulate local action and vision is to have clean, healthy, living and vibrant rivers for people and the environment.
Objectives of the River Care Programme are:
- Protect, conserve and promote living rivers and their biodiversity
- Promote restoration and rehabilitation of river and other water bodies.
- Raise awareness and educate all stakeholders about river care.
- Promote civic consciousness and local action through river monitoring and mapping
- Support capacity building and networking of individuals, communities and organizations in river management.
The focus of this programme is to promote and support the integrated management of river basins with particular emphasis on ensuring that biodiversity and wetland conservation and community considerations are incorporated into river basin management.
River Care Programme Projects
GEC's River Care Programme has undertaken a range of projects and initiatives related to Integrated river basin management and has involved with various partners in the following site-based riverine assessment and management projects which emphasize community participation.
Sungai Penchala River Education Programme
Sungai Penchala River Education Programme is the expansion of Sungai Way W.A.T.E.R Project (Working Actively through Education and Rehabilitation) which began in 2007. Sungai Penchala is about 14km long with about 4km of it located within the jurisdiction of DBKL. It runs through urban area, industrial and residential area within Petaling Jaya before flowing into the infamous Klang River.
- Duration: 2015 - 2018
- Funder: SPARK Foundation
- Project website: www.waterproject.net.my
- Partners: Department of Irrigation and Drainage Selangor,Department of Irrigation and Drainage Kuala Lumpur, National Landscape Department, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ), Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), Lembaga Urus Air Selangor (LUAS)
- Target groups: Local communities in Penchala River Basin, educational institution and business community
- Aim/objective: The objective of this programme was to protect and enhance Sg Penchala, urban river through local community engagement. In addition, the programme aims to promote and support local community, school, bussiness and other stakeholders' localised initiatives, as well as outreaching larger target groups through Mobile River Care Unit - a mobile river care education programme.
Summary of Project Achievements:
Support given by SPARK Foundation via W.A.T.E.R project has enable GEC to train and empower 16 community groups to monitor their local waterways and inspired three community groups from Desa Mentari Block 3 Resident Associates, Taman Tun Dr Ismail Resident Associates and Section 14 Petaling Jaya Resident Associates to take a step further to expand their existing initiatives to cover bigger scope and outreach to wider audiences. Using GEC’s very own river education module entitles RIVER Ranger, 82 students and educators were trained on river auditing and monitoring. On 27th March 2017, Waste Segregation Initiative and Oil & Grease Trap for SS2 Food Court was launched in conjunction with World Water Day celebration. Seventy – six food operators took part in this initiative to reduce amount of waste generated and stormdrain pollution. GEC is also working with a few youth groups such as Urban Hijau, a social enterprise involved in permaculture, to inspire them to adopt water conservation initiatives such as rain water harvesting for their urban farming garden. Other activities undertaken through this programme include river restoration at the source of Penchala River, water quality and aquatic invertebrate study, and organizing river walk activities along the upstream of Penchala River.
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