By Nur Aiman Nur Najiha Azman
Improving water quality of Sg. Klang and its tributaries has been the aim of the River of Life (ROL), a Public Outreach Programme (POP), which participated in booth exhibitions in IIUM recently in conjunction with IIUM Takrim Day 2019.
This project is set to bring the community ‘back’ to the river through a 100 percent transformation into a vibrant waterfront with high economic and commercial value, rejuvenating the city’s river and reconnecting it to the surrounding urban fabric.
Michelle, a representative of River of Life for Asia Pacific environmental consultants, explained that there are three major components of this project: River Cleaning (led by Department of Irrigation & Drainage (DID), River Beautification (led Kuala Lumpur City Hall) and Commercialisation and Tourism (led by the Ministry of Federal Territory).
Besides promoting a sense of ownership towards the river, ROL also highlighted its initiative on a long term and sustainable change in behaviour and attitude of public towards conserving the river.
They are targeting local communities, educational institutions, hawkers, wet market and automobile workshops as well as industries, corporations and developers.
According to Firdaus Amir, a ROL-POP representative, they are collaborating with the Kulliyyah of Engineering to spread awareness and seek engagement with Gombak community. They are focusing on cleaning of Gombak river, Batu river, Keroh river and Jinjang river.
Among activities held with IIUM community are Amazing Race, River-trekking in Campus, river cleaning and Training of Trainer River Ranger.
Thus, Friends of Sg. Pusu River of Life, Kulliyyah of Engineering, IIUM won the Most Participative Flagship Award at the IIUM Takrim Day 2019.
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