Groups get state grants for green programmes

Writer: Gan Pei Ling

(From left) Yasmin, Salbiah, Wan Azizah, Anthony Tan from Cetdem, Wong, Lee, Yong, Lim and Wong Pui May from MYCAT at the cheque presentation.

PETALING JAYA: A research firm, a village committee and three green groups received grants totalling RM250,600 from Selangorku Grant recently to carry out environmental projects.

Environmental research firm Resource Stewardship Consultants Sdn Bhd (Rescu) was awarded RM47,000 to embark on a mangroves mapping project.

Consultant Lim Teck Wyn said satellite mapping and ground checks will be used to identify mangroves forests in Selangor that have yet to be gazetted as forest reserve.

“Some of the reserves were gazetted in the 1940s and their boundaries, which change due to coastal erosion and accretion, have not been updated since,” Lim told Selangor Times after a cheque presentation ceremony at Armada Hotel.

He said Rescu will complete the survey by this year and propose to the state to gazette the mangrove forests that are still unprotected in Selangor.

Meanwhile, the Sungai Chua village security and development committee (JKKK) from Kajang was given RM20,000 for organising an environmental carnival on Earth Day on April 22.

JKKK chief Yong Swan Khong said over 500 villagers attended the carnival and planted 100 trees around the mining pond to beautify the site which has been turned into a recreation spot.

The three environmental organisations that also received the Selangorku Grant were the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tiger (MYCAT), the Center for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) and EcoKnights.

MYCAT received the largest amount of RM80,000 to organise community outreach programmes in Selangor to raise public awareness on wildlife conservation while Cetdem was awarded RM50,000 to run environmental seminars.

EcoKnights was given RM53,600 to organise a digital photography competition to get the public to appreciate their natural environment by submitting images of majestic trees in Selangor.

Its president, Yasmin Rasyid, said the best 12 images will be used to make 2013 calendars and the sales will be channeled to the Reforest Selangor fund.

Executive councillor Elizabeth Wong said the state was still reviewing 10 proposals related to the environment under the first phase of the Selangorku Grant.

She said RM5 million had been allocated for the environment under the RM300 million Selangorku Grant and she hoped more groups including residents and youths will apply for the fund to run green projects.

PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Amal Wanita Selangor chief Datin Seri Salbiah Tunut, which is part of the grant’s judging committee, and assistant executive councillor Lee Kim Sim were also present at the cheque presentation ceremony.

For more information on the Selangorku Environmental Conservation Grant and its application process, visit http://bit.ly/SelEnvGrant.

Article Source http://www.selangortimes.com/index.php?section=news&permalink=20120607142451-groups-get-state-grants-for-green-programmes-

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