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Collect and Plant – Reforestation Work

COLLECTING & PLANTING CONTINUES

MNS volunteers have spent the last 6 months collecting seeds from Lubuk Semilang, planting them in newly made seed beds at Ismael’s nursery and, more recently, replanting saplings from seed beds into transportable bags for final planting at a designated reforestation site.

Barrow Boy

Thanks to Ismael’s friendly and open attitude, his knowledge of local plants and his clear vision of what needs to be done, the work has been fun and informative and it has been wonderful to have so many children along, as this is another type of seed being planted!

Kids and adults bagging freshly dug up saplings

Many thanks to everyone who is continuing to attend – there is a great team spirit and positive approach which is wonderful to be a part of, and which is so valuable in achieving the project’s aims.

The next Collect & Plant will take place Saturday 6th November, at 5.00-7.00pm at Ismael’s nursery.

There will probably be just one more collect and plant before the dry season kicks in. This last session will find us planting the largest saplings in their new habitat. The date is yet to be confirmed.

Please inform Michelle on 012 458 9051 if you and family or friends are intending to join this next outing.

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Filed under: Announcement, Campaigns, Education, Habitat Destruction, Uncategorized

Petition to save Langkawi’s rainforests

The petition started by Irshad has currently around 1500 signatures. You can add yours to the on line list by copying and pasting the following URL onto your URL bar at the top of your page.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/11/campaign-to-conserve-langkawis-remaining-rainforest

Gazette all remaining forested areas as Permenant Forest Reserves

rainforest along with its many attractions is very important to the island’s economy.

Any further loss of natural capital will jeopardize the not only our ecotourism industry, this island depends upon but also the island agriculture and fishery industry.

Prolonged droughts and flash floods will destroy farmed crops including rice cultivation. Increasing erosion and siltation we also seriously affect the health of our mangrove forest, ocean waters and coral reefs which will devastate our fishing industry.

Needless to say the charm of Langkawi lies not only in its natural flora, fauna and geological attractions but also in scenic open spaces of rice paddies, orchards gardens, traditional fishing boats and kampongs.

Likewise protecting our remaining natural heritage with sustainable best practices in tourism, agriculture, forestry and fisheries will no doubt secure the future of our ecotourism economy and the quality of life the island enjoys.

Langkawi has lost about 50 percent of its natural habitat. The remaining 50 percent of its natural habitat is heavily fragmented into 6 smaller so called isolated Island Habitats i.e. islands on islands. The remaining habitat fragments are:

1. Gunung Matcincang Forest Reserve,

2. Gunung Raya Forest Reserve

3. Bukit Sawak Forest Reserve

4. Sungai Itau- Sungai Kilim-Sungai Kisap Mangrove and Limestone Forest Reserve

5. Sungai Kubang Badak Mangrove Reserve and

6. Bukit Malut Forest Reserve.

Historically this is due in part to the loss of habitat for the purpose of rubber, rice and orchard farming. With less and less rainforest new problems are emerging today.

We are seeing an increase in runoff that have lead to flash floods that in turn have destroyed food crops as well as having to displace people from their homes in some flooded areas.

Today loss of biodiversity is mostly caused by land speculators that are usually headed by a few well placed personalities whom clear land in the hope of selling it later down the road for a quick profit.

Loss of habitat compounded by habitat fragmentation is the biggest threat to the island’s natural biodiversity. The island is in grave danger of losing its most valuable asset its Natural Capital.

Langkawi has come to a very important crossroad and at stake is our quality of life and economic future. The future of this beautiful and beloved island home of ours is in our very hands. We must make the necessary changes, we cannot afford to see the lost of any more precious rainforest especially by land speculators. These few speculators are selling our future and the future of our children.

MNS Langkawi calling for Residents of Langkawi and Friends of Langkawi to sign this petitions. This petition will be delivered to Menteri Besar Kedah and Prime minister are calling for:

Future Directions

Gazette all remaining forested areas as Permenant Forest Reserves or State Parks
Enforce and monitor illegal land clearing
Enforce and monitor poaching of wildlife
Promote ecological land-use planning and zonation processes that treat urban, rural, and wild areas as a continuum.
Plan and implement wildlife corridors that will connect forested areas with each other
Put in place infrastructure and measures to promote the survival of our wildlife and rainforest.
Promote hollistic management of the various natural ecosystems and urban areas; Encourage the formation of compact towns and villages, encircled by working rural landscapes, leaving a connected matrix of wild lands stretching throughout the island.
Regulate high standards of sustainable eco tourism.

Filed under: Announcement, Campaigns, Habitat Destruction, Overharvesting, Population Pressure

Tis the season to be jolly!

Learning about what makes a seed viable

…or at least to be collecting and planting seeds!

Until October, our Chairman Irshad is urging us to take advantage of the rainy season to collect and plant as many seeds as possible in order to be able to provide new plants for reforestation projects throughout the rest of the year.

Sunday 20th June saw the first “Collect & Plant”, with Ishmael leading a dozen volunteers through Lubok Semilang, otherwise known as Book Village, identifying and collecting various seeds.

From tiny acorns......

They spent about half an hour there, coming away with a healthy load of seeds, then convoyed up the road to Ishmael’s Nursery where there were spades, hoes, trowels and gloves waiting. Ishmael gave instructions and the small group naturally split into two – one half sorting the seeds into type and the other half constructing new beds for the seeds to be planted in, then all helped plant the seeds.

The time it takes for the seeds to shoot above ground, varies depending on the type of plant. Of the ones planted on Sunday, the first will be showing signs in around 2 months’ time. It was easy and interesting collecting the seeds and learning about the different trees and the fruits that they were from, and seeing and feeling the difference between a healthy seed and one that wasn’t, or one that was too young to be successfully grown. Ishmael was ready and happy to answer all questions.

The few young children that came along were able to participate in all the activities, and had good mucky fun playing on the mountain of earth at the nursery!

Great mucky fun!


The next Collect & Plant is scheduled for Friday 2nd July, from 5pm until 7pm. If you would like to join in, please let Michelle know – 012 458 9051.

Don’t forget to bring water or soft drinks with you, and possibly even a beer or two, as it’s thirsty work…

Filed under: Campaigns, Habitat Destruction, Uncategorized

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Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi

Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi

MNS Manifesto

MNS mission is to promote the study, appreciation, conservation and protection of Malaysia’s natural heritage, focusing on biological diversity and sustainable developments.

MNS Langkawi Committee 2013-2014

Chairman: Mr.Eric Sinnaya
Vice Chairman: Mr.Vijayndran Muniandy
Secretary: Ms.Daisy Samuel
Treasurer: Mr.M.Suresh Kumar Ratnani
Committee Member: Mr Irshad Mobarak, Dato Alexander Issac, Tun Sarimah Mohd Sharif, Mr Leong Ah Min,
Mr Teoh Cheng Kung, Mr Borhan Hamid.

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