HELP SAVE KUALA LANGAT NORTH FOREST RESERVE
Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve (KLNFR) is a type of peat swamp forest, which is among the most valuable ecosystems in Selangor. Peatlands are critical for preserving global biodiversity, provide safe drinking water, minimise flood risk and help address climate change. Home to more than 2000 Temuan Orang Asli and critically endangered species such as Meranti Bakau, the Malayan Sun Bear, Selangor Pygmy Flying Squirrel and the rare Langat Red Fighting Fish and vital in combating climate crisis, this forest is facing an unprecedented threat – degazetting of 97% (930.93) hectare for a mixed development project.
VOICE YOUR OBJECTION TO:
JABATAN PERHUTANAN NEGERI SELANGOR
TINGKAT 3, BANGUNAN SULTAN SALAHUDDIN ABDUL AZIZ SHAH
40660 SHAH ALAM, SELANGOR
Please support and defend the KLNFR before it is becoming a mixed development area. Thank you for your attention and for your ongoing commitment in protecting our priceless forest!
DEGAZETTEMENT PROPOSAL OF KLNFR
Surrounded by rapid developments, the forest is under increasing pressure. Since 2012, fires burnt a large area of forest, but action by the local Orang Asli community has significantly reduced the fires and lead to forest recovery over the past 5 years.
The Selangor State Government is now proposing to degazette 930.93 ha of the forest reserve for a mixed development project. The Selangor State Forestry Department has, by way of a notice in the media on the Feb 5, 2020, invited stakeholders in the Kuala Langat district to voice their objections to the proposal within 30 days.
Protecting every piece of our peat swamp forests is crucial in combating haze and climate crisis. HELP SAVE KUALA LANGAT NORTH FOREST RESERVE: Home of Orang Asli & Biodiversity. Here are few actions you can do save the forest:
- If we do not end deforestation or degazettement, it will jeopardise our efforts to reduce global warming and mitigate climate change. Please voice out your objection. Share it on your social media and talk to your family and friends about it. Share the updates world-wide and tag influencers.
- We are preparing an online petition. We will disseminate upon finalised.
- We need all the support from the public (including the youth groups, universities, climate change and environmental focused groups) in this effort to Save Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve by providing additional information on values of forest in payment for ecosystem, biodiversity (flora & fauna), carbon assessment, social values for OA and others. Various groups are already carrying out separate campaigns for this cause.
WHY DO WE NEED TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSAL
KLFNR is an Environmental Sensitive Area (ESA/KSAS) - Level 1 under the Third National Physical Plan (RFN-3) and Disaster Risk KSAS under Development Goal Policy 16 (MP16) in the Selangor State Plan 2035 (RSN). Meaning any development in the area should not be allowed and will have detrimental environmental, economic and social impacts especially towards the Orang Asli communities that have lived in the area for hundreds of years as well as affecting the broader community and nation.
The proposed degazettement of KLNFR is not in line with the Selangor State Government's plan in the 2035 State Structure Plan to maintain 32% of the forest area in the State of Selangor. This proposed degazettement is also not in line with the Act 313, National Forestry Act 1984, National Action Plan for Peatlands (2011-2020), the National Policy on Biological Diversity (2016-2025) and the Third National Physical Plan (NPP-3), the Land Conservation Act 1960 (Act 385) related to conservation and protection of environmental resources and other obligations both in Malaysia and abroad.
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
- Degazettment of KLNFR would disregard the rights of the Orang Asli people who have lived for more than 134 years (since 1886). The State Government must be fair and equitable to protect the interests of the indigenous communities in the area;
- The clearing of forest area for development purposes will endanger ecological degradation, loss of wildlife habitat, flora and aquatic extinction;
- Increase the risk of fire in the KLNFR and surrounding peatland areas;
- Increase soil subsidence and flood risk in the area and the surrounding peatland areas;
- Increase the risk of floods in oil palm plantations managed by the Orang Asli;
- Ecological disturbance to the Langat and Klang rivers basins;
- Development of KLNFR (including tree felling, peat and drainage) leads to the release of 5.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), which contributes to local, and global warming and climate change problems; and
- Loss of research and education, recreation, eco-tourism sites and local socio-economic.
MORE ABOUT KLNFR AND ITS IMPORTANCE
The KLNFR is also home to several species of Dipterocarp trees with conservation status of ‘Critically Endangered’ and ‘Endangered’ (in the Malaysia Plant Red List) including “Meranti Bunga” (Shorea teysmanniana), “Meranti Bakau” (Shorea uliginosa) and “Mersawa Paya” (Anisoptera marginata).
STOP KLNFR FROM DISAPPEARING
Peat Swamp Forest degradation is held responsible for large scale greenhouse gas accumulation in the atmosphere. It is one of the main contributors to global climate change. If we don’t stop deforestation, and degazettement, the KLNFR will completely disappear soon. Therefore, there are many impacts including :
- The fight against global warming and climate change;
- Ecosystems and biodiversity protection: preserve critically endangered species or fauna and flora;
- Protection of natural resources including wetlands;
- People’s right to healthy local living environment, resulting of sustainable production systems;
- Preservation of the cultural identity of the forests’ dependence populations.
- Payments for ecosystem services— Hope for avoiding the worst outcomes in the increasingly rely on the belief that people will be burdened and were shocked soon by the payment will request for the services provided by undisturbed and healthy forests ecosystems. These services—which include biodiversity maintenance, rainfall generation, carbon sequestration, and soil stabilization, among others—have traditionally been undervalued by markets, but there are signs that the situation is changing.