Langkawi Wildlands Initiative Projects

PROJECT TITLE

Pantai Cenang Urban & Rural Green Belt

cenang-2Location

Jalan Pantai Cenang urban belt (from Morac until Simpang Jalan Cenang – Jalan Tengah) and the paddy field rural belt along the left and right of it until paddy field museum.

Objectives

To create a continuous green belt area along the Cenang rural village and urban tourist areas.

The Green Belt

Characteristics of the Green Belt:

  • is continuous and linear;
  • combines recreation for people with habitats for wildlife;
  • can take advantage of land along existing canals, disused space, water culverts and other linear service routes along urban areas;
  • can follow natural occurring rivers and streams;
  • can be based on narrower rights of way such as footpaths and cycle ways;
  • is most effective as part of a network that combines principles of conservation biology and landscape planning
Benefits

For people, the green belt improves / enhances:

  • tranquillity and contact with nature;
  • recreation and outdoor exercise;
  • green contract with urban surroundings;
  • micro-climate;
  • traffic-, noise reduction along urban areas;
  • outdoor classrooms for environmental education;
  • scenic views;
  • added value to property along the green belt;
  • eco-tourism appeal of the island;
  • a sense of belonging for the residents and community that dwells along the green belt;
  • training and employment of local guides (preferably from the adjacent village) in bird watching, paddy field ecology , rice cultivation process and kampung life and culture.

For wildlife, the green belt improves / enhances:

  • biodiversity;
  • habitat quality and extent;
  • sources of food and shelter;
  • breeding grounds;
  • migration and movement;
  • in birdlife and bat life population will see a corresponding decrease in mosquito and rice pest insect population;
Components

People/Wildlife friendly trees, shrubs and plant life. Several pondoks to rest at. Hardy outdoor furniture for scenic stops along green belt. Range of signages that include interpretive information on plant life, birdlife and other wildlife. Information on human made structures and cultural features. Disable friendly areas. Trail guides and birdlife checklist.

Phase I

Clean up and planting work with suitable trees to be initially done thin the area along the urban section of Jalan Pantai Cenang. This includes the main road and pockets of unused land space. All hotels and tourist frequented areas should be given attention.

Phase II

Clean up works and planting work are to be carried out along rural setting. Special focus being paid to scenic areas, bird observation areas and cultural areas along the green belt. It is important that there is a continuous green belt leading/inviting the urban section into the rural section.

Management

cenang-1A committee of local residents / stakeholders and relevant authorities must be set up to gain their support from the very beginning.

This group could be called the “Pantai Cenang/Kedawang Community Action Comitee” which will be represented at the Langkawi LA 21 network.

The group will be responsible for:

  • Incorporating public participation and consultation in the early stages and in subsequent reviews at regular intervals
  • Accommodating public planting days in the green belts
  • Incorporating post construction evaluation by users and the local community
  • Encouraging monitoring and control of use by local residents
  • Accommodating sponsorship and/or adoption of green belt segments
PROJECT TITLE

Landscaping for birdlife at Kuah town and its suburbs.

kuah-1Location

Jalan Kelibang to Kuah Jetty terminal, its secondary feeder roads and its housing suburbs.

Objectives

To create a green belt along Kuah town and its surrounding housing suburbs.

Plants

birds-diet-plantDifferent birds require specific plants for its diet. So to a certain extent we can even attract specific species of birds, in particular the more colourful and most interesting.

Benefits

For people, the green belt improves / enhances:

  • tranquillity and contact with nature;
  • micro climate by temperature reduction;
  • greater local use of bicycles and pedestrian;
  • traffic – noise reduction along urban areas;
  • increase eco tourism image and appeal of Langkawi;
  • scenic views;
  • added value to property along the green belt;
  • eco-tourism appeal of the island;
  • a sense of belonging for the residents and township community;
  • quality of life.

For wildlife, the green belt improves / enhances:

  • biodiversity;
  • habitat quality and extent;
  • sources of food and shelter;
  • breeding grounds;
  • migration and movement;
  • in birdlife and bat life population will see a corresponding decrease in mosquito and rice pest insect population;
Components

kuah-2Plants and trees that provide food and shelter for birds as well as shade, shelter and beauty for people. Pondoks and seating areas at certain areas especially in around housing areas and parks. Provide information on birds and its food plants. Information on man made structures and heritage and cultural sites.

Phase I

Cleanup and planting works along the main township especially along main road and feeder roads. Special attention will be given to empty land space and private owned land not in used with participation of land owners. Historical sites of importance and scenic areas to be given due recognition and attention. Allocate certain areas as bird sanctuary. Streams and rivers should retain its natural flow and landscaped with public walk ways and cycle ways rest areas and jogging paths.

Phase II

Housing suburbs are to be cleaned up and planted with suitable plants and trees. Seating areas and pondoks should be provided in scenic sites and playground. There should be planed cycling areas, walking areas and jogging paths with rest areas along green belt.

Management

A committee of local residents, stakeholders and local authorities must be set up. This committee could be called “Kuah Community Action Committee”.

The group will be responsible for:

  • Incorporating public participation and consultation in the early stages and in subsequent reviews at regular intervals
  • Accommodating public planting days in the green belts
  • Incorporating post construction evaluation by users and the local community
  • Encouraging monitoring and control of use by local residents
  • Accommodating sponsorship and/or adoption of green belt segments
PROJECT TITLE

Rewild Langkawi

Location

Between and around Gunung Raya forest reserve, Bukit Sawak forest reserve, Gunung Matcincang forest reserve and Kubang Badak forest reserve.

Objectives

To create a system of wildlife corridors that will allow the free movement of wildlife between habitat fragments.

Method

The purchase of land along these critical wildlife corridors. The reforestation of these corridors and buffer zones with compatible native species of trees. The partnership with land owners in allowing the free movement of wildlife through their property.

Benefits
  • enhance the appeal of Langkawi as an eco destination;
  • increase the viability of wildlife to survive and endure on Langkawi;
  • it allows for ecosystem services to continue for the benefit man and wildlife;
  • to reconnect the human spirit with his/her natural world.