HULU SELANGOR, Sept 23 — A RM100,000 allocation was provided to carry out a biodiversity research program in Sungai Chiling, Hulu Selangor Forest Reserve, said the state executive councillor for the environment Jamaliah Jamaluddin.
The funds by the state government to the Selangor Forestry Department are aimed at conserving the ecosystem and biological life, thereby ensuring the sustainability of forest heritage for the future.
“The idea for this programme began after the department conducted a briefing on the Royal State Heritage Forest Development Master Plan to the Sultan of Selangor in March.
“The programme is crucial for identifying forest areas with high biological value, which are to be preserved as conservation areas and as natural treasures.
“A total of 50 researchers from public higher education institutions and local agencies were involved in the programme from September 18 to September 22. The data obtained will assist the department in continuing to is preservation efforts,” she said.
Jamaliah was speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme at Sungai Chiling in the Hulu Selangor Forest Reserve yesterday.
She added the state government, in collaboration with the department, is constantly working to protect forested areas.
“One such effort was the Royal Scientific Biodiversity Expedition in Bukit Fraser State Park, which conducted scientific research on medicinal plants in 2019.
“This has continued with the Scientific Biodiversity Expedition in Sungai Chiling, Hulu Selangor Forest Reserve, which concluded today,” Jamaliah said.