River Care Programme

Rivers play an important role in our lives. Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten about the importance of rivers and this has led to serious degradation in our rivers today. In Malaysia, 5% of our river basins are severely polluted and 42% are polluted, leaving only 53% of all rivers classified as "clean". The lack of education and awareness of the general public about our water resourves, how they are being managed, and how they should be managed is a key factor that has led to the current state of Malaysia's overall water quality. Another important factor is the lack of skill for genuinely interested people to take action in river management.

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:

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.


Project Sites


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

Sustainable Water Resource Management for Community via Drinking Water Supply

Project status: Ongoing

GEC recognizes the lack of clean water supply in the rural areas and among the indigenous communities in Malaysia. This project is initiated to find solution for this problem by providing suitable and practical alternative source of potable water for them.

 

W.A.T.E.R Project: Water Stewardship –Water Balancing and Sustainable River Catchment Management for Selangor River Basin

Project status: Ongoing

This project is working towards water balancing to help ensure watershed security as well as to empower stakeholders especially the communities to attain required benefits. 

 

W.A.T.E.R Project: Sungai Penchala River Programme - Water Stewardship

Project status: Ongoing

This water stewardship project is a continuation of W.A.T.E.R Project working on rivers rehabilitation and educational outreach to various stakeholders to change mindsets and adopt water conservation initiatives for protection of our water resources.  

 

SMART (Start Managing All Resources Today) Ranger for Schools within Klang Valley

Project status: Ongoing

This is a project developed to support a comprehensive recycling programme through buy-back system and increase recycling practices among students. 

 

 

 

Integrated Management of Kinta River Basin for Community & Ecosystem Services through Active Community and Stakeholder Participation

Project status: Ongoing

This project is a collaborative effort of various stakeholders especially key relevant government agencies in Perak aims to conserve and preserve the upper catchment of Kinta River Basin that serves as water supply to Orang Asli and local communities. 

 

River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 (RoLPOP 5) 

Project status: Ongoing

The main objective of ROL-POP is to generate evidential improvement in attitudes and behaviours of target groups within the Project Area towards river care and preservation in order to improve water quality and reduce pollution within project area. other than that, it is to promote a sense of ownership towards the river and initiating long term and sustainable change in behaviour towards preserving the river.

www.klriver.org

Download RoLPOP 5 project brochure.

 

W.A.T.E.R project - Sg Kinta River Education  Programme 

Project status: Completed

Sungai Kinta River Education Programme was funded by GAB Foundation  to empower Malaysians to make the choice to conserve our water source.

Read about the first phase of the project

 

Sungai Penchala River Education Programme

Project status: Completed

The W.A.T.E.R project by SPARK Foundation, in partnership with Global Environment Centre (GEC) was commenced in December 2007. W.A.T.E.R is a pioneer initiative to educate the public about the importance of water and why and how we should conserve and protect its source: our rivers.

 

Community-based Waste Management in Pulau Pangkor

Project status: Completed

A 3 year project focused on empowering local community to reduce coastal water pollution by managing waste and water sustainbly via Waste to Wealth concept. The initiative was implemented by GEC, funded by Vale in Malaysia and supported by Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Manjung, Perak.

Download project brochure.

 

HSBC Water Conservation and Environmental Programme for Schools in Malaysia

Project status: Completed

Water Conservation Programme was a two year project funded by HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad to educate student on wise management of the water resources. 

Download project brochure.

 

Community Flood-Proofing and Adaptation for Climate Resilience

Project status: Completed

Malaysian Water Partnership (MyWP) under the Global World Partnership (GWP) aims to create a platform and pathway to the community to be flood-proofing and adapt for climate resilience. Global Environment Centre has been entrusted as a working partner to implement this activity.

 

River of Life Public Outreach Programme (www.myrol.my)

Project status: Completed

The main objective of ROL-POP is to generate evidential improvement in attitudes and behaviours of target groups within the Project Area towards river care and preservation in order to improve water quality and reduce pollution within project area. other than that, it is to promote a sense of ownership towards the river and initiating long term and sustainable change in behaviour towards preserving the river.

 

Rehabilitation of Kelana Jaya Lakes, Selangor

Project status: Completed

The Kelana Jaya Lakes Rehabilitation Programme was developed in 2002 by Global Environment Centre (GEC) with funding from the UNDP-GEF Small Grant Fund.  The goal of the project was"to rehabilitate and sustainably manage the lakes of Kelana Jaya Municipal Park through participatory approach involving all key stakeholders especially the community groups".

 

Community Involvement in Conservation of Biodiversity of Sg Nenggiri basin, Kelantan

Project status: Completed

The Nenggiri River Conseration Programme (NRCP) was established in 2004 following concerns expressed by the local community and other stakeholders over the degradation of Nenggiri River and loss of livelihood from fishing and other natural resource-based activities.  NRCP was established by the Global Environment Centre and Titiwangsa Heritage Sdn. Bhd. in partnrship with local communities and the Kelantan State Government.

 

Sg Pinang River Care programme 

Project status: Completed

Sg. Pinang RIVER Care Programme which is a three years project funded by HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad in partnership with Global Environment Centre (GEC) to enhance community participation in river protection and river rehabilitation ends in 2013.

 

Rapid Assessment of Upper Kinta Catchment

Project status: Completed

A one year project to provide baseline data on the upper Kinta catchment

 

 

Community Flood-Proofing and Adaptation for Climate Resilience, Kuantan, Pahang

Project Status : Completed

A short term project, funded by University Putra Malaysia (UPM) to enhance and develop training module for community flood awareness and preparedness, incorporating experiential learning styles, to enhance climate change resilience. The project was implemented in partnership with GEC, MyWp and DID Pahang.