Urban Community Forest allows city folk to get closer to nature

(From left) Nor Akhiruddin, Goh, MNS former president Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor and Kuala Lumpur City Hall executive director (project management) Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah at the soft launch of the Urban Community Forest initiative in Federal Hill.

MALAYSIAN Nature Society (MNS) launched its Urban Community Forest (UCF) initiative to empower local communities to protect their green spaces.

It was held at the MNS headquarters in Jalan Kelantan, Kuala Lumpur, which is part of the 74.4ha Federal Hill, the last remaining green lung in the city centre and itself situated in a heritage building that once housed the National Science Centre.

MNS president Henry Goh said the UCF was a novel for the city centre.

“The lush secondary forest and low-density built-up can serve as a place for city dwellers to appreciate nature.

“It can be a place for people to recharge, enjoy the cool temperature and shady trees, or take short hikes along the trails,” hesaid.

There are numerous flora and fauna in the area including bats, six species of amphibians, 65 types of birds, 39 kinds of butterflies and moths, as well as two types of fireflies.

UCF’s facilities include a local forest plant nursery, four explorer trails, resource centre, vegetable patch for children as well as a garden shed and rain-water harvesting system.

“There are plenty to see and enjoy,” Goh said.

The UCF was launched by Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia director-general Datuk Nor Akhiruddin Mahmud who represented the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

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