Eco Tour 2017
Lay Keow Ng
From September 23 to 24, 2017
Sustainable Development Goal
Education and Economic Empowerment
Eco Tour is an interactive and interesting tour that create awareness and educate people to preserve Eco system and prolong great environmental life span that allowing upcoming generations enjoy the beauty of nature.
Eco Tour is an interactive and interesting tour that create awareness and educate people to preserve ecosystem and prolong great environmental life span that allowing upcoming generations enjoy the beauty of nature.
Matang Mangrove Forest is the largest stand of mangrove ecosystems in Peninsular Malaysia and its located at Kuala Gula, Perak with 40,000 hectare. It was gazetted as Permanent Forest Reserve in 1906 and its recognized as the best managed sustainable mangrove ecosystem in the world. This mangrove reserve contains rich and diverse wildlife that provide nature lovers to visit and explore its wetlands and resources. The Matang Mangrove Forest is an important site for coastal migratory waterbirds as well as a portion of migrant forest birds. According to the Malaysian Nature Society, as many as 43,000 to 85,000 birds may be using the forest during migration.
The ecological values of mangroves in most tropical countries have been qualitatively well documented and recognised. However, there is little quantitative scientific data to back this up. Most of the evidence is observational and anecdotal. Mangrove system provides nursery habitat for wildlife and large variety of marine fisheries. These fisheries form an essential source of food for thousands of coastal communities around the world. Not only that, Mangrove serve as rookeries, or nesting areas, for coastal birds as well. Many migratory species depend on mangroves for part of their seasonal migrations.
Mangroves maintain coastal water quality by biotic retention, removal and cycling of nutrients, pollutants and particulate matter from land based sources, filtering these materials from water. Mangroves are functionally linked to neighbouring coastal ecosystems.
To understand the importance of mangrove forest which contain extremely high value towards ecology. Without mangrove forest, high quality charcoal will not be born which is very much related to our daily routine.
Charcoal produce very essential element called carbon. This element is not only important to individual and households but small medium industries as well as heavy industries. Without carbon, aircraft will never fly exceed 7000km. Its commonly used in heavy industries such as automotive, aircraft industry and petrochemicals industry. Carbon is one of the key component of steel too. On the other hand, carbon also being used to produce cosmetics, sundries, healthcare products, beauty products, stationery, jewelleries, medicines, water filter and others which are very useful to our households and daily use.
Kuala Gula Bird Sanctuary
Kuala Gula mangroves are known best as a roosting and feeding site for migratory water birds. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) have established Kuala Gula as a bird sanctuary since 1970. The main objective of creating the sanctuary is to protect migratory and resident bird species, which have been using the wetland area for many years. The migratory birds utilise the large mudflat area for feeding and resting during their migratory route from the northern to the southern hemisphere. These water birds migrate from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere especially from Siberia and Mongolia and stopover at Kuala Gula for feeding at the mudflats and mangrove forests in the wintering months. Thousands of birds can be seen in Kuala Gula wetlands especially during the migratory and wintering season from September to April of the following year. During non-migratory season, you can see the resident water birds such as the Lesser Adjutant and Milky Stork.
Local people of Kuala Gula are mainly involved in the fishing industry, cockle culture, and associated cottage industries which related to shrimp paste and dry shrimp making. Without ecosystem protection of mangrove forest, do you think we can get the fresh dried shrimp, shrimp paste or other like belacan and salted eggs?
In conclusion, Kuala Gula is a popular ecotourism due to its strategic location and rich natural resources. The vast mangrove forest, scenic river and sea views, traditional fishermen lifestyle and culture, rich coastal biodiversity, various rare and threatened bird species, are the few attractions of Kuala Gula that can offer to people who wants to get away from the buzz of city life.
- Target of participants achieved
- Good interactive among the participants during the eco tour
- Increase awareness of ecosystem
- Valuable information delivered from experienced tour guide
- Attract kids's attention to understand more about our nature
- Had better understanding of ecosystem in protecting our beauty of nature
Encourage more people to participate in eco tour in protecting our beauty of nature.