Kuala Selangor Nature Park—A Conservation Effort in the Coastal Zoneby Muhammad Akhir Othman, Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Development Committee, Kuala Selangor, Malaysia,
Document Type: Proceeding Paper
Part of: Coastal Zone '91
Abstract: The Kuala Selangor Nature Park is a landmark in the history of conservation of Malaysia. It is the first time in this country, that a State Government, i.e. Selangor and the Malayan Nature Society, a NonGovernment Organization, jointly worked together in developing a nature park. The aim of this park is to conserve the flora and fauna in 240 hectares of mangroves, secondary forests, and mud flats. The park also aims to educate and raise the awareness of the public in the importance of conserving the natural resources in the coastal zone. Nature recreation is another important function of the park and facilities were provided in the park for the community to enjoy the park. The potential for toruism, through highlighting the wildlife in the park was explored. The park is being packaged as part of the tourism development efforts of the State Government. The joint efforts of the government and nongovernment organizations, made it possible to harness the strengths of the different organizations. The Selangor State Government, with its financial resources and machinery was able to provide the support to ensure the speedy development of the park. While the Malayan Nature Society, through its membership was able to provide the variety of expertise necessary for such a project. The Society, being people based, was also able to raise public awareness. Thus, the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, a model in the conservation and management of the coastal zone, was established.
Subject Headings: Parks | Coastal environment | Coastal management | State government | Resource management | Water conservation | Developing countries | Public participation | Malaysia | Asia
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