In Malaysia, more than 90% of our water supply comes from rivers. Unfortunately, almost half of our rivers are polluted due to urbanisation and irresponsible behaviour.

Our award winning Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation (W.A.T.E.R) Project started in 2007, in partnership with the Global Environment Center (GEC), to focus on rivers for the first time in Malaysia. With this community based programme, we aim to raise awareness on water conservation.

Our award winning Working Actively Through Education and Rehabilitation (W.A.T.E.R) Project started in 2007, in partnership with the Global Environment Center (GEC), to focus on rivers for the first time in Malaysia. With this community based programme, we aim to raise awareness on water conservation.

OUR APPROACH

Through the W.A.T.E.R PROJECT, we want to change mindsets and empower Malaysians to take greater ownership of our rivers.

EDUCATE & MOBILISE

With education outreach campaigns that mobilise and reconnect these communities with the rivers that flow through their neighbourhoods

ACTIVE COLLABORATION

By engaging key stakeholders to work hand in hand to address the problems that threaten and pollute our rivers

THE WAY FORWARD

Creating smart partnerships between local communities, government agencies and special interest groups

OUR IMPACT

RM7M

INVESTMENT

In driving W.A.T.E.R Project outreach campaigns

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RIVERS ADOPTED

Sungei Way, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong, Sungai Kledang

30,000+

Malaysians

engaged in river rehabilitation

OUR IMPACT

RM7M

INVESTMENT

In driving W.A.T.E.R Project outreach campaigns

5

RIVERS ADOPTED

Sungei Way, Sungai Penchala, Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong, Sungai Kledang

30,000+

Malaysians

engaged in river rehabilitation

ROAD MAP

In the last ten years, we have successfully collaborated on river education outreach campaigns and activities in Selangor and Perak.

W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor launched in Sungei Way

2007

2009

Water quality in Sungei Way improved from Class IV-V (extremely polluted) to Class III (suitable for living organisms)

Extended W.A.T.E.R Project to Perak in Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong, Sungai Kledang

2013

2015/16

Extended W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor to Sungai Penchala

ROAD MAP

2007

W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor launched in Sungei Way

2009

Water quality in Sungei Way improved from Class IV-V (extremely polluted) to Class III (suitable for living organisms)

2013

Extended W.A.T.E.R Project to Perak in Sungai Senam, Sungai Buntong, Sungai Kledang

2015/16

Extended W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor to Sungai Penchala

WHAT OUR PARTNERS AND BENEFICIARIES SAY


The W.A.T.E.R. Project has been quite successful and rivers are now cleaner than before. This is first time in the country that an organisation has been involved extensively in river rehabilitation.


Dr K. Kalithasan
River Care Co-ordinator,
Global Environment Centre Malaysia (GEC)


We volunteered to participate in the project as we wanted to help rehabilitate the river and make the project a success.


Muhammad Zaini bin Abdullah Thani
Volunteer

WHAT OUR PARTNERS AND BENEFICIARIES SAY


The W.A.T.E.R. Project has been quite successful and rivers are now cleaner than before. This is first time in the country that an organisation has been involved extensively in river rehabilitation.


Dr K. Kalithasan
River Care Co-ordinator,
Global Environment Centre Malaysia (GEC)


We volunteered to participate in the project as we wanted to help rehabilitate the river and make the project a success.


Muhammad Zaini bin Abdullah Thani
Volunteer

VOLUNTEER OR PARTNER WITH US

RIVER CARE EDUCATION CENTRE

The River Care Education Centre (RCEC) complements our W.A.T.E.R Project.

It contains reference materials on river management and a mini lab equipped with test kits that can be used to conduct water quality testing. It also serves as a collection point for used cooking oil from the local community.

Our second RCEC located at Block 3, Desa Mentari, Selangor is now maintained by trained communities. Our second RCEC located near Sungai Penchala is open to public, while our third centre is located in Buntong, Perak.

RIVER CARE EDUCATION CENTRE

The River Care Education Centre (RCEC) complements our W.A.T.E.R Project.

It contains reference materials on river management and a mini lab equipped with test kits that can be used to conduct water quality testing. It also serves as a collection point for used cooking oil from the local community.

Our second RCEC located at Block 3, Desa Mentari, Selangor is now maintained by trained communities. Our second RCEC located near Sungai Penchala is open to public, while our third centre is located in Buntong, Perak.

MOBILE RIVER CARE UNIT (MRCU)

The Moblie River Care Unit (MRCU) is an interactive education centre on wheels.

It visits schools, community centres and also public venues to train members of the community on how they can play their part in protecting our rivers.

The MRCU complements the government’s “River of Life” public outreach programme.

MOBILE RIVER CARE UNIT (MRCU)

The Moblie River Care Unit (MRCU) is an interactive education centre on wheels.

It visits schools, community centres and also public venues to train members of the community on how they can play their part in protecting our rivers.

The MRCU complements the government’s “River of Life” public outreach programme.

HANDBOOK ON URBAN RIVER MANAGEMENT

Published in April 2011, the River Rehabilitation Handbook is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia.

It highlights successes, key learnings and best practices gained from our W.A.T.E.R Project initiatives at Sungei Way. It aims to equip more people with the knowledge required to rehabilitate urban rivers with community engagement as a key focus.

The book was also used to train officials from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage nationwide.

The handbook is distributed for free and can also be downloaded here.

HANDBOOK ON URBAN RIVER MANAGEMENT

Published in April 2011, the River Rehabilitation Handbook is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia.

It highlights successes, key learnings and best practices gained from our W.A.T.E.R Project initiatives at Sungei Way. It aims to equip more people with the knowledge required to rehabilitate urban rivers with community engagement as a key focus.

The book was also used to train officials from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage nationwide.

The handbook is distributed for free and can also be downloaded here.

RIVER FORUM

Organised in September 2012 by the Foundation in collaboration with JPS Malaysia, the Global Enviroment Centre (GEC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

This one-day forum, themed “Sustainable River Management”, was attended by more than 200 participants and brought together local and foreign experts to dialogue and share best practices from Malaysia, Singapore, UK, Japan, Australia and Vietnam.

RIVER FORUM

Organised in September 2012 by the Foundation in collaboration with JPS Malaysia, the Global Enviroment Centre (GEC) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

This one-day forum, themed “Sustainable River Management”, was attended by more than 200 participants and brought together local and foreign experts to dialogue and share best practices from Malaysia, Singapore, UK, Japan, Australia and Vietnam.

WASTE AUDIT

Effective 2015, waste audits were introduced as a new component to the W.A.T.E.R Project. Food court operators are the primary target audience.

A pre- and post-waste audit is conducted to assess the effectiveness of the programme following implementation.


In addition, a Train the Trainer programme is conducted to educate operators on waste segregation, organic composting and the installation of grease traps. Other follow-up activities include the distribution of equipment like segregation bins.

WASTE AUDIT

Effective 2015, waste audits were introduced as a new component to the W.A.T.E.R Project. Food court operators are the primary target audience.

A pre- and post-waste audit is conducted to assess the effectiveness of the programme following implementation.


In addition, a Train the Trainer programme is conducted to educate operators on waste segregation, organic composting and the installation of grease traps. Other follow-up activities include the distribution of equipment like segregation bins.

RUBBISH TRAPS

Local government agencies partnered with the working committee from W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor to install rubbish traps and to manage cleanliness of the rivers within its vicinity.

RUBBISH TRAPS

Local government agencies partnered with the working committee from W.A.T.E.R Project Selangor to install rubbish traps and to manage cleanliness of the rivers within its vicinity.

TRAIN THE TRAINERS PROGRAMME

Train the Trainers module by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) is designed to directly engage with communities residing along the river basin at project sites.

Trainees are taught to understand natural water sources, how to measure water quality and brought to sites where communities have actively worked to rehabilitate their river basin.

These trainees are provided seed funding to run their own community projects related to environmental conservation such as rainwater harvesting, urban gardening, recycling and composting.

TRAIN THE TRAINERS PROGRAMME

Train the Trainers module by the Global Environment Centre (GEC) is designed to directly engage with communities residing along the river basin at project sites.

Trainees are taught to understand natural water sources, how to measure water quality and brought to sites where communities have actively worked to rehabilitate their river basin.

These trainees are provided seed funding to run their own community projects related to environmental conservation such as rainwater harvesting, urban gardening, recycling and composting.

BUSINESS COMMUNITY TRAINING PROGRAMME

The Business Community Training Programme aims to educate business owners on sustainable resource management with a focus on water conservation. Dwindling water supplies pose a great risk to businesses, so changing mindsets is key.

The secondary objective of this training programme is to get businesses along river basins actively involved on river rehabilitation.

BUSINESS COMMUNITY TRAINING PROGRAMME

The Business Community Training Programme aims to educate business owners on sustainable resource management with a focus on water conservation. Dwindling water supplies pose a great risk to businesses, so changing mindsets is key.

The secondary objective of this training programme is to get businesses along river basins actively involved on river rehabilitation.

RIVER CARNIVAL

This public education outreach event aims to engage the community and educate them on the importance of river conservation in a fun way. Since 2009, we have organised a total of 4 River Carnivals, in both Selangor and Perak, which attracted approximately 5,500 people.

RIVER CARNIVAL

This public education outreach event aims to engage the community and educate them on the importance of river conservation in a fun way. Since 2009, we have organised a total of 4 River Carnivals, in both Selangor and Perak, which attracted approximately 5,500 people.

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