A Lush Highland Hideaway
Rising 1,200m above sea level on the Titiwangsa Range, straddling the Pahang-Selangor border, Fraser’s Hill encompasses pristine highland forests on steep terrain. It provides important ecological functions including as a major water catchment area, being the source of two large river systems: Sungai Pahang and Sungai Selangor. Based on Dr. Ruth Kiew’s 1998 survey, Fraser’s Hill boasts of 36 flora species endemic to Fraser’s Hill; 12 of which are possibly extinct, not having been seen for more than 60 years. In addition, Fraser’s Hill is home to as many as 52 mammal, 275 bird, 27 reptile and 26 amphibian species.
It has often been taken for granted that Fraser’s Hill and its surrounding forests will remain intact and continue to harbour the rich biological diversity. However, this biological diversity is being threatened by illegal collection of plants and invertebrates such as orchids and spiders, pollution, climate change and unsustainable tourism activities.
To tackle these issues, establishing a state or national park at Fraser’s Hill, encompassing a significant area of forest in the area, will allow for the streamlining and improvement in the management effectiveness of the area.
Once the state or national park is gazetted, it should be managed by an appropriate authority with clear management objectives and guided by a management plan. Our current work involves providing technical inputs and assistance to the Pahang State Government who has indicated its commitment in establishing the park in the planning processes such as boundary demarcation, determining the legislation to be used for gazettement and the development of a management plan.
WWF-Malaysia is also currently building capacity of the local community in Fraser’s Hill with training programmes on the sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity monitoring and empowering them in the participation in the establishment of a State or National Park at Fraser’s Hill.
With a proposed area of about 78,000ha, this area, which is adjacent to the Selangor State Park, will be a part of a contiguous protected area for the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of vital ecosystem services such as regulation of water and climate.
Department of Wildlife and National Parks Pahang
Fraser’s Hill Development Corporation
F.R.E.S.H (Fraser’s Hill Environmentally Sustainable Habitat)
Pahang State Forestry Department
Raub District Council