KLANG VALLEY NATURE CITY CHALLENGE (27-30 APRIL 2018)

The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a mobile app based competition where cities around the world compete to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. This year, the Klang Valley is the only Southeast Asian urban metro to participate in the CNC

Join us! This event is not site-specific; you can make observations from any location in the Klang Valley. For full instructions on how to participate, scan the QR code on the poster, orvisit: klangvalleycnc.wixsite.com/2018/about

KV CNC Poster 16042018 (1)KV CNC Poster (Hi Res) 16042018

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EFFECT OF URBANIZATION AND SEASONALITY IN BIRD COMMUNITIES OF KATHMANDU VALLEY IN NEPAL

This is peer-reviewed article produced by BCN (Birdlife partner in Nepal). They have mobilized their members and volunteers, teaming up experienced bird watchers with novices, to systematically collect data on bird species across an urbanization gradient. The publication demonstrates the power of citizen science in collecting valuable scientific data.

Katuwal et al. 2018 Urban birds Nepal

Gathering all Urban Forest Communities

13th February 2018 – The final day of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre where Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) conducted 2 hour Networking Session on the role of non-state actors in the protection of urban green environment and the formation of the UCF Network. The detail programme and the KL Statement on Urban Community Forest can be found here programme book.

For those who has participated in the Forum and also for those who are interested to join the Urban Community Forest Network, please fill up the following registration form, REGISTRATION FORM UCF.

We would like to know more about you and your opinions in urban community forests. Please go to the survey form, and the document can be downloaded here, Questionnaire_ucf.

Please  return your forms to ucfnetwork2018@gmail.com

We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this questionnaire and joining the UCF Network. 🙂

Besides, you can always refer back to the presentation slides from our panelists here,

Blending the Hard and Soft Landscapes within an Urban Setting; Human Landscapes by Ar. John Koh

Environmental Education & Community Outreach Centres by Dr. Hum Bahadur Gurung

MNS IN CONSERVING NATURE AND BIODIVERSITY by Tan Sri Dato_ Seri Salleh Mohd. Nor

Planning for the Urban Green Environment and Mainstreaming Biodiversity Malaysian Institute of Planners by TPr. Ishak Ariffin

TAMAN TUGU PROJECT by Mr. Calvin Raqeem Jacob

For further information, please call us at 03-22879422 or visit us from 10am to 4pm. (Monday-Friday, except holidays).

Thank you.

Malaysian Nature Society

 

Meeting the residents

Creating a community of forest protectors

28 May 2016 – The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) recently kicked off an initiative to continue protecting one of Kuala Lumpur’s remaining green lungs by getting relevant communities and stakeholders in on the action. The Urban Community Forest (UCF) initiative seeks to protect Bukit Persekutuan, or Federal Hill, from being exploited for development and prevent its low-density, institutional status from being irrevocable changed.

Towards that end, the MNS Conservation Division conducted an introductory briefing on Saturday, 28th May, at the Society’s HQ, which is just off Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar (previously Mahameru) and part of the 18-acre Bukit Persekutuan green lung. Attendees included MNS Honorary Secretary Stephanie Bacon, Board of Trustees Chairman John Koh & board member Chris Boyd, and residents and fans of Federal Hill. The session comprised an introduction by Koh, who spoke of MNS’s efforts, alongside Badan Warisan Malaysia in 2007, to protect Bukit Persekutuan as well as the hill’s ecological and cultural heritage; a briefing on biodiversity findings from that period and UCF’s objectives and scope, by MNS’s Sonny Wong, who is the project coordinator; and a round-up by Balu Perumal, MNS Head of Conservation and project manager.

The takeaway is that Federal Hill, bordered by heavily built-up areas, especially KL Sentral/Brickfields, Bangsar and Damansara, and once a continuous part of the green lung of the Lake Gardens, is facing serious threat – from development, public apathy and dilapidation of its heritage buildings. The area is already seeing keen interest and its protection cannot be left completely in the hands of the authorities, the attendees heard. Therefore the initiative, by MNS and Think City, a non-profit outfit under Khazanah, seeks to create a sustainable, community-based management plan that will champion the protection of Bukit Persekutuan. The first step involves dialogue with residents and stakeholders, the creation of a nursery for enrichment planting and as an educational centre, and improvement to the existing nature trail running alongside the MNS HQ. Further plans include marking out more nature trails in forested areas, conducting biodiversity surveys and creating a strong management plan for the long-term sustainability of the Bukit Persekutuan Urban Community Forest.

The attendees also gave ideas and discussed ways to create awareness about this initiative, and these included reaching out to the local MP, organising groups to walk and tour the hill, promoting its cultural heritage and creating a welcome area for the public so that they can explore the forest in their free time.

The Bukit Persekutuan Urban Community Forest initiative is serviced by a website, http://www.ucfnetworkbukitpersekutuan.wordpress.com, and a Facebook page, MNS Urban Community Forest. Those interested to see the progress of the nursery and nature trail, or to volunteer their time for the cause, can also visit the MNS HQ to speak to Balu Perumal or Sonny Wong, on weekdays from 10am to 4pm.

(Like us on facebook under ‘MNS Urban Community Forest’ for activities announcements. )

Introduction to UCF, Bukit Persekutuan 28 May, 9.30am -12.30pm at MNS

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There will be a get to know you meeting with the Bukit Persekutuan residents and KL communities and a Introduction to the UCF project and to get your feedback about the project.

Date: 28 May 2016

Place: MNS HQ, Jalan Kelantan, Bukit Persekutuan

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Thank you

Malaysian Nature Society

UCF Programme download PDF programme here.

Calling for respondents for questionnaire!

Dear communities,

Greetings from the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)!

We are conducting a survey to better facilitate this upcoming project: Bukit Persekutuan (Federal Hill): Urban Community Forest (UCF) and Heritage Buildings Conservation with Local Communities.

The objectives of the survey are:-

  • To get your views and ideas about the proposal of turning Bukit Persekutuan into an urban community forest (UCF)
  • To gauge your interest and availability to be a part of the Urban Community Forest (UCF) program at Bukit Persekutuan

The link to the online survey is here.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this questionnaire . 🙂

P.S.: If you prefer to fill up the hard copy survey form, please download the form Bukit Persekutuan UCF questionnaire.  For the completed survey forms in hard copies, please drop it off in our mail box at:

Malaysian Nature Society

JKR 641, Jalan Kelantan, 50480 Bukit Persekutuan.

Alternatively scan/ photograph your form and fax to: 03-22878773 or email to conservation2@mns.org.my

For further information, please call us at 03-22879422 (ext. 21) or visit us from 10am to 4pm. (Monday-Friday, except holidays)

Thank you.

Sonny Wong
Project Coordinator