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Global Environment Centre – News24 – Upload Your Press Release Today! https://news24.supernewsroom.asia Get Your Story Out Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:08:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/cropped-pressrelease-supernewsroom-ico-1-32x32.jpg Global Environment Centre – News24 – Upload Your Press Release Today! https://news24.supernewsroom.asia 32 32 Saving Pulau Tanjung Surat’s Mangroves https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/saving-pulau-tanjung-surats-mangroves/ Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:54:35 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1622 250 volunteers from the local communities, government agencies, Saudi Aramco, PRefChem, and GEC joined hands to plant…

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250 volunteers from the local communities, government agencies, Saudi Aramco, PRefChem, and GEC joined hands to plant more than 1000 mangrove saplings to strengthen the island shoreline and conserve its mangrove forest

JOHOR: A group of 250 volunteers comprising of volunteers from the local communities, schools, Saudi Aramco, PRefChem and government agencies took part in the Aramco Mangrove Tree Planting programme to raise awareness on the importance of the mangrove ecosystem and its contribution towards local community social-economic development. Together, they planted a total of 1020 saplings that consist of 950 saplings of Rhizophora apiculata locally known as Bakau minyak, 50 saplings of Bruguiera sexangula (Tumu Putih), and 20 Xylocarpus granatum (Nyireh Bunga) at degraded mangrove areas in Pulau Tanjung Surat.

Held in conjunction with the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, this programme also included a public educational exhibition with booths set up by the government agencies, the Global Environment Centre (GEC) and Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest. Volunteers were seen relishing the opportunity to experience of mangrove planting, despite the mud and all!

Funded by Saudi Aramco and implemented by GEC with support from Johor State Forestry Department (JSFD), Limbongan Maju Sdn Bhd and Pengerang Local Authority, the event is part of a wider effort to conserve the Pulau Tanjung Surat’s intact mangrove forest by rehabilitating the river riparian with community participation under the Aramco-GEC Community-based Mangrove Conservation and Sustainable Livelihood Programme.

The event also included the launch of a community mangrove nursery and Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest (FTSMF). The Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest consist of four local villages, namely, Kampung Nyor, Kampung Tanjung Surat, Kampung Linting and Kampung Belungkor. They will be ‘eyes and ears’ of the local government and will work together to address any issues and will assist in the conservation of the mangrove forest.

Speaking to media representatives after officiating the event, Tuan Haji Jefri Abdul Rasid, Director of Johor State Forest Department (JFSD) said, “Establishment of Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest is a social and environmental initiative by GEC and Saudi Aramco since the beginning of this year to engage and empower the local community to be actively involved in the rehabilitation and conservation of mangrove forest at Pulau Tanjung Surat. JSFD is proud to announce that the Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest is the first community-based organisation to be established in Johor that is able to assist in undertaking the role of rehabilitation and conservation as well as protection of mangroves in Pulau Tanjung Surat in partnership with GEC, JSFD and other related government agencies.”

Nader Al-Arfaj, Managing Director of Aramco Asia Singapore, said, “Promoting and protecting biodiversity through educational programmes and positive interventions is a key focus of Saudi Aramco’s commitment to the environment. In Malaysia, we are very privileged to work with like-minded partners such as the GEC, Johor government agencies and the local communities to protect and conserve the mangrove forest in Johor, which is part of Johor’s vital coastal ecosystem, for future generations.”

Meanwhile, Director of GEC, Faizal Parish said, “Effective community involvement and local ownership of the project are two important factors in achieving a sustainable impact. Support from the Johor State Forestry Department and Saudi Aramco has enabled us to build community awareness on the importance of protecting mangrove, establishing the community nursery to support replanting activities and initiate alternative livelihood options to reduce pressure on mangrove resources. When the community understands the importance of mangroves to protect their coastal homes and improve their livelihood, they will be empowered to spearhead their own conservation efforts in the long run.”

He added that in the future, this project will be used as a model to demonstrate an effective and sustainable approach in mangrove rehabilitation and conservation, and as a sustainable livelihood programme enabled by successful group-led actions, and empowering local communities in other areas within the Johor state.

Chair of Friends of Tanjung Surat Mangrove Forest, Hafidah Binti Mohd Dali expressed her thanks to Saudi Aramco and the stakeholders for their involvement and looked forward to the continuous support to restore and conserve the mangrove forest.

The volunteers also learnt about the importance of the riverine tidal mangrove ecosystem to its surrounding areas and its link to issues such as climate change. This awareness is crucial to change, and events like these are an important avenue to educate the masses about biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

For more information on this or to partner with the Global Environment Centre, please visit www.gec.org.my 

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Communities, wholesale market workers partake in a clean-up activity to reduce Sungai Jinjang pollution https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/communities-wholesale-market-workers-partake-in-a-clean-up-activity-to-reduce-sungai-jinjang-pollution/ Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:40:08 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1554 KUALA LUMPUR: About 150 immigrant workers from Kuala Lumpur wholesale market together with local communities partake in…

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KUALA LUMPUR: About 150 immigrant workers from Kuala Lumpur wholesale market together with local communities partake in a clean-up activity at KL Wholesale Market, organised under the River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 (ROLPOP5). Being held for the first time with the immigrant workers, the event aims to educate them on the best management practices to reduce water quality pollution of Sungai Jinjang. The event is supported by DID Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), SW Corp and Alam Flora.

Participants were seen cleaning clogged drains and sorting waste, conducting pollution mapping and visiting to Waste Water Treatment Plant.

“The Public Outreach Programme of RoL does not only targets the public, but also food establishments, wet markets, and food stalls; industry, corporation and developer; local communities and educational institutions. In this event, our target group is the foreign worker as they are involved in the daily activities of the market. The main problem of this wholesale market is the management of organic waste and styrofoam packaging. Even though facilities such as waste bins are adequately provided by DBKL, but, low civic awareness among these foreign workers from the wholesale market and the surrounding area is the cause of rubbish dumping in Sungai Jinjang.

By illuminating them on the impact of drain and river cleanliness to their health, and promoting best management practices such as recycling that generate additional income; we hope that they will spread this awareness among their communities. In addition, local traders in the wholesale market also need to ensure their employees throw rubbish and waste in the proper place and do not take the easy way by throwing into the river”, said Md Khairi Selamat, Director of River Basin Management Division, Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia who was present to officiate the event.

He said the Government through DID, is currently spending RM500, 000 per month just to collect rubbish at the rubbish traps in the rivers and certain drains within the River of Life project area.

Commence in 2012, the River of Life Public Outreach Programme aims to foster partnerships and to improve attitudes and behaviours of target groups to reduce pollution. The programme promotes a sense of ownership towards the river and initiates long term and sustainable change in behaviours towards protecting the river.

Sungai Jinjang is a part of Sungai Klang river basin. It passes through areas such as Selayang, Batu Caves and Taman Wahyu and categorised as Class III which is considered polluted and not suitable for recreational purposes.

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River Open Classroom at Urban Community Forest allows city folk to get closer to urban rivers https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/river-open-classroom-at-urban-community-forest-allows-city-folk-to-get-closer-to-urban-rivers/ Thu, 04 Oct 2018 01:51:48 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1542 KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia has established an outdoor environmental learning center…

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia has established an outdoor environmental learning center focusing on river conservation called the River Open Classroom for city folk to learn about importance of local waterways and empower them to protect the waterways from pollution. The open classroom is at Sungai Bras-Bras located in the vicinity of Urban Community Forest in the Malaysia Nature Society (MNS) headquarters, which is part of the 74.4ha Federal Hill, the last remaining green lung in the city center.

The establishment of the open classroom is part of wider efforts to raise public awareness on the Klang River under the River of Life Project and to celebrate World Habitat Day 2018.

Md Khairi Selamat, Director of River Basin Management Division, DID Malaysia who was present to launched the River Open Classroom said the area is designed to be an engaging, interactive and educational classroom for people of ages. He hoped the open classroom will create learning experience to help public to become river care society, acquire strong environmental values and move towards sustainable direction.

DID Malaysia through the River of Life project has been supporting the restoration of 1km of Sungai Bras-Bras back to its natural living river setting. The Global Environment Centre (GEC) in partnership with MNS will be facilitating the open classroom activities. Among the activities conducted at the open classroom are river water quality and biological monitoring, zero waste management programme as well as community empowerment trainings.

Those interested organise an environment activities at the open classroom can contact Global Environment Centre at 037957 2007 or e-mail at outreach@gec.org.my

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River of Life: Mini River Carnival attracts more than 200 city folks https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/river-of-life-mini-river-carnival-attracts-more-than-200-city-folks/ Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:35:16 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1513 Mini River Carnival – a signature event by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia and…

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Mini River Carnival – a signature event by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Malaysia and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) has attracted more than 200 city folks to partake in the River of Life educational activities. The event is organised as part of wider efforts to raise public awareness on the Klang River under the River of Life Project and also to celebrate World Rivers Day 2018.

The World Rivers Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Sunday of September which began in 1989 in British Columbia, Canada. World Rivers Day is a day to raise public awareness and promote the preservation and conservation of rivers around the world.

One of the most popular activities amongst the attendees was the River Quest, an explore-race type of activity which required the participants to explore the confluence of Klang and Gombak River by completing the tasks and answering the questions correctly to proceed to the next checkpoint. Meanwhile, the Young River Scientist Programme became the choice of many parents to expose their children to the importance of rivers through a fun-learning outdoor classroom. Children aged 5 to 12 years were engaged with interesting mini-experiments to measure good and bad river water and had fun in playing environmental themed games such as fishing for litter and completing jigsaw puzzles.

 

The carnival was also a zero waste event to enlighten the public and participants to reduce waste and adopt a zero waste lifestyle.  Interestingly, the participants brought their own bags, food and drinks container and cutleries to collect food and drinks.

DID River Basin Management Division Senior Principal Assistant Director Wan Marhafidz Shah Wan Mohd Omar said “The majority of Malaysians do not know that 97% of our drinking water sources are from the rivers. Our drinking water supply will be affected if our rivers are badly polluted. Under the River of Life project, the implementation of clearing and upgrading of the Klang River’s water quality has reached over 80% but the culture of using rivers and drainage as dumpsites can affect this initiative. Thus, implementing a public outreach programme such as the Mini River Carnival is hoped to raise public awareness on the importance of the river and change the public’s perception that rivers are not dumpsites but an asset to the country.”

“The government, through DID, is currently spending RM500, 000 per month just to collect rubbish at the rubbish traps that we have installed in the rivers and certain drains within the River of Life project area. If everyone is aware and does not throw rubbish into rivers, such provisions can be better allocated,” he added.

The carnival also saw the launch of Friends of Klang River Basin – a group of community network located within the Klang River basin who are committed towards the conservation of Klang River and it’s river banks. These communities are also actively involved in river monitoring and adoption of Klang River and its tributaries.

The carnival is also supported by DID Kuala Lumpur and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. It is estimated that millions of people around 60-80 countries including Malaysia are joining this year’s World Rivers Day celebration.

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100 volunteers celebrate 61st Merdeka Day Celebration by planting 1000 mangrove trees https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/100-volunteers-celebrate-61st-merdeka-day-celebration-by-planting-1000-mangrove-trees/ Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:41:16 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1491 LEKIR SITIAWAN: About 100 volunteers comprising of local community, school students, non-governmental organisation and government officials were…

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LEKIR SITIAWAN: About 100 volunteers comprising of local community, school students, non-governmental organisation and government officials were treated to a mangrove tree planting event with a difference over the weekend. The event was organised to raise awareness on importance of mangrove forest and is a part of an effort to restore and conserve 100 hectare degraded mangrove forest located in Lekir Forest Reserve. A total of 1000 mangrove saplings (Rhizophora apiculata) were planted in the degraded area. The day also saw participants relished the opportunity to experience hands-on mangrove planting..

Spearheaded by Friends of Lekir Sitiawan Mangrove Forest in partnership with Perak State Forestry Department and Global Environment Centre (GEC), the event is a part of Restoration and Conservation of Mangrove Programme which began in 2014. The event was also organised in conjunction with 61st Merdeka Day Celebration, themed “Sayangi Malaysiaku” and funded by Vale Minerals Malaysia.

“Mangrove forests in Malaysia not only provide benefit to local community and support livelihood but also support wide range of ecosystem services. Therefore, it is the civic duty of every citizen to play a part in conserving and protecting our priceless natural resources” said A Hadi Kamil Ismail, Chairman of Friends of Lekir Sitiawan Mangrove Forest.

Participants also learnt about the importance of the mangrove forest ecosystem to its surrounding areas and its link to issues such as climate change. The awareness is crucial to change, and events like these are an important avenue to educate the masses about biodiversity and sustainable development. The goal of the event is to raise awareness among the stakeholders and show them that they can contribute to mangrove protection and sustainability through simple actions in their daily lives.

“Many people are unaware of the key role mangrove forests may play in supporting biodiversity and slowing down climate change. We hope that through this event, a fuller understanding of this ecosystem service and its value in both social and economic terms will assist the local community and stakeholders to protect and sustainably managed the forest”, said Yang Berhormat Yahya Bin Mad Nor, ADUN Pasir Panjang who officiated the event.

A Hadi Kamil Ismail expressed his thanks to the sponsor and the stakeholders for their involvement and looked forward for continuous support from many parties to restore and conserve the mangrove forest.

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GEC’s Peatland Forest Ranger Camp gives students hands-on lessons on peat conservation https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/gecs-peatland-forest-ranger-camp-gives-students-hands-on-lessons-on-peat-conservation/ Mon, 13 Aug 2018 02:10:04 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1426 BESTARI JAYA: A total of 95 students from 12 primary schools in Kuala Selangor District participated in…

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BESTARI JAYA: A total of 95 students from 12 primary schools in Kuala Selangor District participated in an environmental camp entitled Junior Peatland Forest Ranger Programme (JPFR), an environmental education programme that aims to instil environmental awareness and educate younger generations on the importance of conserving and protecting peat swamp forest.

The 3 days 2 nights camp held from August 1 until 3, was organised by Global Environment Center (GEC), Selangor State Forestry Department (SSFD) and Friends of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest; in partnership with Selangor State Education Department and Kuala Selangor District Education Office; and funded by Yayasan Sime Darby. The schools that took part in this JPFR Camp were SK Bukit Belimbing, SK Berjaya, SK Sungai Sireh, SK Seri Gambut, SK Sawah Sempadan, SK Jalan Raja Musa, SK Rantau Panjang, SK Jaya Setia, SK Batu 9 Jalan Bomba, SK Bestari Jaya, SK Sungai Burung, and SJK (T) Ladang Raja Musa. This camp was carried out successfully at Pusat Kokurikulum Kem Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Gambut.

The students ranging from 10 to 12 years of age had a chance to listen to different lectures related to peat swamp forest in Malaysia, participated in hands-on rehabilitation activities at Peat Swamp Forest Interpretative Trail in Forest Compartment 126 of Raja Musa Forest Reserve and visited Selangor Fruit Valley Park.

GEC Forest and Coastal Programme Manager, Nagarajan Rengasamy said “The environmental camp is intended for young generations to enhance their knowledge and raise awareness on the importance of peat swamp forest through open classroom activities. For many of these students, the Raja Musa peat swamp forest is their home. We hope that they will be able to gain the scientific knowledge learned through this camp and integrate with their local knowledge to protect the peat swamp forest”.

“At Yayasan Sime Darby, not only are we committed towards protecting and preserving the environment but also enriching the surrounding communities with knowledge of conservation. This camp enables the students and teachers to understand how their decisions and actions will affect the environment. It builds their knowledge and necessary skills to address complex environmental issues while providing feasible solutions to keep the environment healthy and sustainable for the future”, said Tunku Putri Afifah Tunku Anor, Head of Projects, Environment, Sports, Arts and Culture of Yayasan Sime Darby who was present to officiate the opening ceremony of the camp.
The Junior Peatland Forest Ranger camp is one of many activities implemented under the Rehabilitation Programme of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest that is currently spearheaded by GEC in partnership with Selangor State Forestry Department. Since commencement of the rehabilitation programme in 2010, GEC and SSFD have raise awareness and built capacity of 95 students and 24 school teachers from 12 schools on peat swamp forest in Malaysia.

GEC and SSFD are anticipated to organise two more peat-eco camp targeting secondary students in Kuala Selangor District and indegenious students in Kuala Langat District.

 

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Reducing drain pollution – 100 residents and wet market workers organise a drain clean-up to keep Sg Jinjang clean https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/reducing-drain-pollution-100-residents-and-wet-market-workers-organise-a-drain-clean-up-to-keep-sg-jinjang-clean/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:47:35 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1415 KUALA LUMPUR: One hundred residents of Kampung Selayang Lama and immigrant workers of Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur…

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KUALA LUMPUR: One hundred residents of Kampung Selayang Lama and immigrant workers of Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur partake in a one-kilometer drain clean-up as part of their effort to keep Sungai Jinjang clean. The event was organised by the Persatuan Penduduk Kampung Selayang Lama, Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Global Environment Centre (GEC) a under River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phase 5 (ROLPOP 5).

The event begun with a briefing on the importance of clean drains to rivers by GEC, followed by participants cleaning up clogged drains that causing stagnant water and inhibiting water flow to Sungai Jinjang. The event aimed to build capacity and raise awareness among the public on the importance of drains and how by having a clean drains help to reduce pollution of Sungai Jinjang and creating cleaner environment.

“Lack of awareness on the importance of having a clean drain is a fundamental cause of river pollution. Drain is a part of our river basin. Many people do not know that our drain is only meant for stormwater and it leads to river. Anything other than stormwater is potential contaminant that may deteriorates our river water quality”, said Dr K. Kalithasan, GEC’s river and waste management expert.

Stormwater is described as water generated from rain events that does not get absorbed into the ground, and flows into a drainage system which eventually leads to the nearest stream or river. It is one of the causes of river pollution when pollution enters a drain or stormwater carries pollutions without receiving any treatment or filtration before it discharges into the waterway. In Malaysia, stormdrain pollution is a major problem and it is affecting majority of the urban rivers, like the Sungai Klang.

As many as 180 rubbish bags filled with rubbish, sediments and sludge were collected during the event.

The event also saw Yang Berhormat P. Prabakaran, Member of Parliament, Batu joining the participants to clean- up the drains. He pledged further action will be taken to reduced drain pollution in the area and river pollution in Sungai Jinjang.

Sungai Jinjang is a part of Sungai Klang river basin. It passes through areas such as Selayang, Batu Caves and Taman Wahyu and categorised as Class III which is considered polluted and not suitable for recreational purposes.

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GEC in collaboration with Recycle for Life launch Zero Waste Programme benefiting 40,000 students from 80 schools in Klang Valley, funded by Coca-Cola Foundation https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/gec-in-collaboration-with-recycle-for-life-launch-zero-waste-programme-benefiting-40000-students-from-80-schools-in-klang-valley-funded-by-coca-cola-foundation/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 03:10:58 +0000 https://news24.supernewsroom.asia/?p=1262 KUALA LUMPUR: The Global Environment Centre (GEC) in collaboration with Recycle for Life (RFL) by Cenviro (a…

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Global Environment Centre (GEC) in collaboration with Recycle for Life (RFL) by Cenviro (a recycling programme that rewards cash through the use of a smart card) has launched its S.M.A.R.T (Start Managing All Resources Today) Ranger Programme in 80 Klang Valley schools, where the zero-waste programme that is funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation is expected to benefit some 40,000 students.

The two-year project that ends in March 2020 is designed to address the issue of sustainable waste management – an area in which Malaysia is still lagging behind significantly – particularly in the area of recycling due to lack of an effective recycling collection system.

In 2017, the average per capita generation of municipal waste in Malaysia was about 0.85 kg/person/day depending on the economic and geographical status of an area. In Kuala Lumpur, it is estimated that the generation of waste is about 1.5 kg/person/day while it is estimated that about an average of 20,000 tonnes of rubbish is collected annually from the Klang River including plastic bottles, cans and other form of domestic waste that can be recycled.

The school programme that is estimated to reach about 40,000 students will encourage the participants to recycle using a buyback system where selected recyclables such as steel, paper, plastic, aluminium and electronic waste are purchased with cash based on the recyclable market price.

GEC’s SMART Rangers will focus on the Zero Waste Concept through the 4R2C Approach (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Composting and Closing the loop) while the RFL component will see the schools and students being rewarded with cash through a smart card for their recycling activities.

In each school, SMART Ranger training will be conducted for selected teachers and up to 15 core SMART Ranger students to provide the students with a feeling of ownership and responsibility towards the project, which will help to ensure its sustainability.

The buyback system via the RFL initiative is a self-sustaining activity for schools, where funds can be raised from the sale of recyclables (through) that in turn can be used to fund school’s activities or as well as an avenue for schools to develop key entrepreneurial skills.

Through RFL collection, the recyclables will be weighed and a cash value will be credited into the RFL smart card based on the current market price. The RFL smart card can be used for purchase of goods at participating school’s canteen, bookshop, hypermarkets, and merchant partner outlets. The RFL smart card is an electronic wallet approved by Bank Negara Malaysia.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Foundation for supporting us and we are excited to be partnering up with Recycle for Life not only to implement zero waste concept at schools but to set up an inclusive buy-back recycling systems that is currently lacking in Malaysia. This system will definitely motivate and engage the students to lead local recycling efforts and become a champion in their communities,” said GEC’s RIVER Care coordinator Dr Kalithasan Kailasam.

GEC is a Malaysian non-profit organisation established in 1998 to address key environmental issues, with a mission is to support the protection of environmental and sustainable use of natural resources to meet local, regional and global needs through smart partnership with communities and like-minded organisation.

It is nationally recognized for its work in educating the community and schools on Solid Waste Management (SWM) through its SMART Ranger Programme that emphasizes the solid waste issues in Malaysia and how to deal with waste responsibly.

“Impact is only possible through collective action, hence we are excited with this collaboration in providing the opportunity for more school children in Klang Valley to rethink the way they deal with trash. We hope to pique environmental awareness and to cultivate the entrepreneurship spirit in participating school children as they turn their trash into cash through the Recycle for Life by Cenviro program,” said Managing Director of Cenviro Sdn Bhd Mr. Khalid Bahsoon

Recycle for Life by Cenviro (RFL) is a recycling programme that rewards cash through a smart card. The concept was initiated by Cenviro Sdn Bhd together with MyKasih Foundation to enhance the public’s practice in recycling activities as well as to support the Malaysian Government’s Separation at Source initiatives.

“Coca-Cola has announced in our World Without Waste pledge to recycle used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. This is a massive global ambition and we are very glad to be able to also support other recycling initiatives, especially where the leaders of the future are also taught about it as well as how to spread the necessary awareness and encourage it,” said CEO of Coca-Cola’s Bottling Investments Group Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei Mr. Gareth McGeown.

Also present at the event today was Federal Territory Kuala Lumpur deputy education department director Hj Ismail Musa.

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