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Calling for Volunteers – Capacity Building and Empowerment of Orang Asli (OA) Gombak in Transforming the Illegal Dumping Site for Sustainable Community Use

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  • Community resilience
  • Sustainable land use

Wetlands International and our partner, Jungle School Gombak Malaysia are helping the Orang Asli (OA) community at Kampung Batu 12 and Kampung Batu 16 to find alternative yet sustainable activities that could generate income or extra income for them during this challenging pandemic time.

Our plan is to share knowledge on innovative reuse and recycling methods from items found at the illegal dumping sites nearby these kampungs as a source of income. The illegal dumping sites will also be transformed to their near original state which is a pristine forest with a clean river through replanting of non-timber forest products. The OA will be trained on how to collect seeds and germinate them in nurseries.  They can earn from this by selling the seedlings for replanting activities. The trees will provide food for the wildlife, provide resource to the OA to preserve their handicraft heritage, and also provide fresh and beautiful sceneries to visitors and cyclists. By training the OA to guard and patrol the area, the OA will be instilled with a sense of ownership and responsibility to discourage the area from becoming dumping sites again.

Come and join us for cleaning events and planting trees to revitalize the area.

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