THE Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) is partnering with an environmental protection organisation to create an award to recognise public and organisational efforts towards cleaning up and beautifying Sungai Klang.
“A lot has been spent on cleaning up and beautifying Sungai Klang and its tributaries. However, the efforts would be in vain without public and organisational support,” said DID River Basin Management Division director Md Khairi Selamat.
He said the award was to recognise the role played by various public groups and organisations, while raising awareness and encouraging greater responsibility towards the river’s preservation.
Non-governmental organisation Global Environment Centre (GEC) is partnering with DID for the award.
The categories for the “River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 Award” cover local communities, educational institutions, companies, business operators as well as mass media and influencers helping to enhance and protect the River of Life (RoL) initiative.
The mass media category is for articles on RoL published from 2017 onwards.
The overall qualification criteria includes river preservation and restoration, river adoption and monitoring, water quality improvement, biodiversity conservation, education and best river management practices.
“The public must realise that rivers are an asset and not dumping sites for waste,” said Md Khairi, adding that the project launched eight years ago cost RM3bil and was almost complete.
GEC director Faizal Parish said it was appointed as consultant in December 2016 to attract key stakeholders to get involved in the river’s improvement and preservation efforts.
“We hope to improve the river’s water quality to Class 2B, a safe level for recreational use,” Faizal said.
The closing date for nominations is Aug 15, with evaluations scheduled from Aug 16 to Sept 15.
The awards ceremony will be held at the end of September in conjunction with World River Day.
Cash prizes totalling RM16,000, trophies and certificates are up for grabs.