Mangrove replanting in Kuala Gula, Perak, Malaysia
This project aimed to rehabilitate degraded mangrove areas, to promote general public awareness by involving the corporate sector, and to demonstrate a community-based project.
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Kuala Gula in Perak is made up of different wetlands consisting of rivers, mangrove islands, mudflats, estuaries and fringes of mangrove forests along the coast. It is an important area for fisheries as a majority of the local community (nearly half of them are involved in the fishing industry) involved in the harvesting of fish, shrimp and shellfish as well as in post harvesting activities.
The mudflats and adjacent mangrove areas are attracting many species of migratory shorebirds and water birds where some species have become residents. It is the only wetland site in Malaysia, which has a viable population of the globally endangered Milky Stork. Kuala Gula wetlands in an important stopover site for migrating shorebirds along East-Australasian Flyway.
Kuala Gula has a large ecotourism potential and this has been addressed both at the state and federal levels. Local ecotourism initiatives have potential to grow if carried out sustainably.
Based on the keen interest in ecotourism among local community. Wetlands International developed a project document on the wetland conservation and wise us at Kuala Gula.
Emphasis was given to the following objectives to achieve results on the ground:
- to enhance appreciation of the goods and services provided by the wetlands amongst local community and relevant government stakeholders along the principles of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
- to strengthen co-operation between government agencies, local community groups and NGOs in achieving the common conservation goals of the site.
- to equip local communities with the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding of the eco-tourism field.