Do­ing their bit for Mother Na­ture

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A GROUP of 50 UniKL In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy (UniKL Mestech) staff mem­bers and stu­dents worked hand in hand with the Kuala Se­lan­gor Na­ture Park in an ef­fort to con­serve and at the same time, ed­u­cate stu­dents on the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing the man­grove for­est.

The Na­ture D is­cov­ery Pro­gramme 2017 was or­gan­ised to re­ha­bil­i­tate the park’s man­grove for­est as it has known to be­come a sanc­tu­ary for var­i­ous species of flora and fauna.

A se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties were con­ducted dur­ing this pro­gramme in re­al­is­ing the ef­fort to en­sure the pro­longed ex­is­tence of man­grove for­est. The highlights in­clude man­grove saplings plant­ing and man­grove clean-up, fol­lowed by team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties con­ducted by the stu­dents.

The main ob­jec­tive of this pro­gramme was to in­cul­cate stu­dents’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards na­ture. It was in­tended to in­stil greater aware­ness to­wards the man­grove re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Se­lan­gor’s eroded coast­line.

The Na­ture D is­cov­ery Pro­gramme 2017 was of­fi­ci­ated by UniKL Mestech dean

D r Reezal Ishak, who em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing and con­serv­ing the man­grove for­est in main­tain­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal sta­bil­ity in his speech.

D r Reezal also men­tioned that more sim­i­lar pro­grammes should be or­gan­ised to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own learn­ing, thus im­prov­ing the qual­ity of their ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences.

“This can be achieved through ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing, which was the un­der­ly­ing ob­jec­tive of this pro­gramme,” he said.

Serv­ing as a plat­form to ed­u­cate and re­in­force the man­grove con­ser­va­tion ef­fort, ap­prox­i­mately 80 man­grove saplings were planted dur­ing this pro­gramme.

Bakau Ku­rap, also known as the rhi­zophora mu­cronata species, was planted for its fast-grow­ing na­ture and abil­ity to flower within its first year of plant­ing.

The Kuala Se­lan­gor Na­ture Park’s man­grove for­est em­bod­ies part of a com­plex coastal wet­land sys­tem, which pro­vides an im­por­tant in­ter­me­di­ate stage be­tween the land and aquatic en­vi­ron­ment.

It pro­vides pro­tec­tive breed­ing ground for var­i­ous ma­rine in­ver­te­brates such as crabs and prawns, which in turn sup­port the va­ri­ety of birds and mam­mals.

The stu­dents gained knowl­edge­able and mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence in this pro­gramme as they took on an ac­tive role in the stew­ard­ship of the en­vi­ron­ment.

This is aligned with the UniKL Care mis­sion un­der the Univer­sity So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity (USR) ini­tia­tive in fos­ter­ing the cul­ture of vol­un­teerism among UniKL com­mu­nity and to give back to the so­ci­ety.

UniKL Mestech, lo­cated in Ka­jang, Se­lan­gor is of­fer­ing diploma and bach­e­lor pro­grammes in Med­i­cal Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy.

In ful­fill­ing the de­mands of both gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor for bio­med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gist, UniKL Mestech as­pires to be­come the premier in­sti­tu­tion in pro­vid­ing knowl­edge and skills in bio­med­i­cal lab­o­ra­tory sci­ence and en­vi­ron­men­tal health sci­ence.

■ For de­tails on UniKL Mestech, log on to www.unikl.edu.my or call 03-8739 5894.

Fifty UniKL Mestech staff mem­bers and stu­dents worked with the Kuala Se­lan­gor Na­ture Park to con­serve the man­grove for­est.

UniKL Mestech dean Dr Reezal Ishak of­fi­ci­ated the Na­ture Dis­cov­ery Pro­gramme 2017 by plant­ing the first man­grove sapling.

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