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Multiplier effect of PIFWA-project in Malaysia

31-Mar-2007

In the Langkawi Island, Kedah, Green Coast held a workshop in March 2006 to identify how the success of the Penang Inshore Fishermen's Welfare Association (PIFWA) could be duplicated in other coasta...

In the Langkawi Island, Kedah, Green Coast held a workshop in March 2006 to identify how the success of the Penang Inshore Fishermen's Welfare Association (PIFWA) could be duplicated in other coastal areas affected by the tsunami and coastal erosion. Now, one year later, Green Coast partner Wetlands International publishes a short wrap-up of the community-based rehabilitation project that was initiated in Langkawi.

Replanting mangroves
PIFWA has been replanting mangroves
since 1997, to replace those which had been degraded, and in locations which had been cleared for projects that were subsequently abandoned. Following the Langkawi workshop, in which NGOs, fishermen organisations and government agencies participated, PIFWA received a grant from Green Coast. The prime focus of this Small Grant was to multiply the efforts of PIFWA to at least three other local community groups in mangrove restoration. The money was used to set up new nurseries and replant a number of hectares. PIFWA also tried to show the government why their method of 'regreening' the coast is so effective.

Replicate success
Green Coast partner Wetlands International, together with PIFWA’s main supporter Friends of the Earth Malaysia (SAM), worked to replicate
PIFWA’s success in other coastal stretches in Peninsular Malaysia. A local community group in Langkawi pretty soon took steps to mobilize local support in the island of Langkawi for mangrove rehabilitation, which was highlighted in the local media. This can be recorded as a multiplier effect of the project, where local communities take active action in the planning and implementation of activities.

Three sites
One year after the Langkawi workshop, three sites (Kuala Kurau, Perak; Taman Nilai, Merbok, Kedah; Kuala Tunjang, Kerpan, Kedah) have been receptive for the establishment of mangrove nursery and mangrove restoration under this project. By now the site planting work has been completed by PIFWA. The input and efforts of Wetlands International Malaysia in this particular program have come to an end; hence the wrap-up.
A policy review document with emphasis on public participation in mangrove management will be finalized soon.

You can download the PIFWA-document here

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