River Open Classroom at Urban Community Forest allows city folk to get closer to urban rivers

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