PETALING JAYA: Damansara Damai’s four Urban Park Forest will be connected via a 60km bicycle lane under PJ City Cycleways Networks which aim to build dedicated lanes for cyclists around the city.
“Our planning department is working on the plans and sorting out the necessary documents. We hope to get it ready by next year,” said Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) deputy mayor Puasa Mohd Taib.
Upon completion, residents will be able to cycle through forest reserves which collective make up 48 acres owned by the area’s developer, M K Land Holdings Berhad.
“We will also be gazetting the area as a green lung for recreational purposes to prevent it from being developed in future,” he said.
The areas which will be gazetted are Urban Park 1 (Bicycle Park), Urban Park 2 (Exploration Park), Urban Park 3 (Jogging Park) and Urban Park 4 (Family Park).
He said this during a press conference after launching World Environment Day on Tuesday at the 17.14 acre Urban Park 2 forest.
Also at the event were Emkay Group chief executive director Ahmad Khalif Mustapha Kamal, who signed a memorandum of understanding with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and University Utara Malaysia (UUM).
The MOU will allow students from the two universities to conduct research at forest reserves and utilise Emkay Group’s research facilities.
“It’s a significant day to be signing this memorandum on World Environment Day as students now will be able to research ways to maintain forests and identify endangered flora and fauna,” said Ahmad Khalif.
Apart from researching forest reserves around the area, the students will also be part of the Effective Forest Management project at Royal Belum forest reserve in Perak.
“The students will be the first people to explore the whole forest as it was only recently opened to public by the government,” he said.
For six months, students will be stationed at the company’s research centre in Pulau Banding which is equipped with the necessary tools fortheir experiments.
Ahmad Khalif said the 300,000 hectare Royal Belum forest will be a good opportunity for students to tap into its natural resources and study the exotic plants there.
“Our School of Technology Management will be doing their research and training at the forest.
“A report on sustainable forest management will be presented after they are done,” said UUM vice-chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Mohamed Mustafa Ishak.
He hopes the research will benefit all forest reserves in Selangor and ensure that green areas would be maintained for future generations to enjoy.
Also present at the event was UPM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Tai Shzee Yew, who was happy his students are getting a chance to explore the Royal Belum forest.
“This is an amazing opportunity for them as the students only got to conduct research near our Serdang campus,” he said.
Among faculties which will be involved are the Faculty of Environment, Forestry and Science.
Previously, the university had worked with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) and Kyoto Institute Technology to convert biomass into fuel for energy.
Biomass is the mass of living organisms in a certain area which can be used as a renewable energy source or to generate power and electricity.
Also there were some 20 Orang Asli children who were taught how to reuse and recycle natural materials found in the forest for their art and craft work, by their teachers.
During the event, schoolchildren were also entertained with an ecohunt, which required them to hunt for a few plants found in the forest.