Conserve Natural Green Lungs in The City, WWF-Malaysia Urges DBKL
“This is very important for a city like Kuala Lumpur as natural green lungs not only act as carbon sinks but they also filter pollution, have soothing aesthetic value, and function as much needed recreational spots for urban dwellers,” WWF-Malaysia’s Conservation Director, Dr Sundari Ramakrishna, said at a recent event to announce the partnership between DBKL and the conservation trust on Earth Hour 2013.
WWF-Malaysia hopes that the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 to conserve residual forests and maintain a sustainable variety and population of wildlife within the City boundaries would be translated into reality in the implementation of development plans in the City.
“We appreciate that DBKL has a challenging task of ensuring that planning and implementation of development plans in the City strike a balance between physical, economic, social and environmental development,” Dr Sundari said.
“However, we believe that DBKL is able to achieve the balance through the Local Agenda 21 that it has established with local communities and residents’ associations to maintain and conserve green lungs within the City,” she added.
WWF-Malaysia acknowledged that over the years, DBKL has implemented several environmental initiatives such as recycling programmes, green building initiatives, tree planting activities and improvement in public transportation to reduce emission as part of efforts to mitigate climate change.
“More need to be done, particularly in ensuring that small patches of forests and green lungs that still exist within the City be conserved, and not lost due to development,” she said.
WWF-Malaysia is pleased that this year, DBKL has decided to adopt and drive greater awareness on Earth Hour among KL-ites and tourists in the city on that day and beyond.
Earth Hour, a global environmental initiative, will be celebrated on 23 March this year from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
“All of us need to work together -- government, local councils and authorities, non-governmental organisations, private and public sectors, and the general public. Everyone has a role to play and should be concerned about climate change and take ownership of ways to arrest the situation from further deteriorating,” Dr Sundari said.
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WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), the national conservation trust, currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection work. Since 1972, WWF-Malaysia has worked on important conservation projects, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. We also undertake environmental education and advocacy work to achieve conservation goals. By conserving our natural resources, WWF-Malaysia is helping to protect our livelihoods, food and water supply, thus securing our good quality of life and our children’s bright future. We thank our supporters and members of the Media, whose contributions and support enable our conservation work. If you would like to donate to WWF-Malaysia or learn more about our projects, please call: +603-78033772 or visit: wwf.org.my or www.facebook.com/wwfmy
About Earth Hour
Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to switch off their lights for one hour on Saturday, 23 March 2013 at 8:30pm to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. In 2013, Earth Hour’s I Will If You Will concept invites individuals and organisations to challenge others to an ongoing environmental commitment beyond the hour. Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and by 2012 took place in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries across every continent, receiving reports as ‘the world’s largest campaign for the planet’.
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