About the Campaign
To complete a tree audit in the Pulai Trail. The data from the audit is incredibly valuable in seeking to permanently protect and preserve the 13 acre urban forest site.
The environment and community are the ultimate beneficiaries of this project:
● The strengthening of nature-based solutions for resilience is a key climate solution and solution for our rapidly diminishing biodiversity.
● Protection of green spaces that act as sponges to mitigate against the intense rainfall and floods associated with climate change.
● Creating a livable city includes access to healthy green spaces.
Funds’ Utilisation Plan
To engage external consultant subject matter expert Dr Ang Lai Ho, FRIM Inc to conduct the tree audit.
Risk & Challenges
The audit will be based on the tree tagging process currently being conducted by FTS together with volunteer public participation. The tagging process is halfway complete with 467 trees tagged thus far. Delays to the tagging process that will lengthen the time before the audit can be carried out.
Risk of unforeseen development to the site which requires monitoring visits to the Planning Dept (Pejabat Pengarah Tanah dan Galian) for land enquires and status checks.
Campaign Description/Rational of the campaign
The Pulai Trail is one of five trails that were built to enable public access and enjoyment of a little known urban forest gem in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, comprising 18 hectares of remnant primary and fragmented secondary forest.
Zoned as Kawasan Hijau in the 2030 KL Master Plan, the area’s status remains uncertain in the 2040 KL Draft Master Plan. Massive real estate projects proposed for the surrounding area places this biodiverse natural asset under threat. Heeding the science that the most effective way to sequester atmospheric carbon is to first protect existing forests and to keep their ecosystems intact FTS endeavors to conserve and help secure permanent protection of the Pulai Trail.
To aid this conservation goal, a tree audit of the Pulai Trail is necessary to determine tree species, quantities, carbon stock (which has the potential to be included as one of KL’s Nationally Determined Contribution adaptation actions) and further sequestration potentials, and confirm any endangered or endemic trees within. This inventory will direct our restoration and management plans, as well as inform stories to help pique community interest and continued participation. More importantly, it will enable FTS to present the full value of the Pulai Trail to the relevant authorities as we seek protection for it as permanent public green space.
Part of this work will be led by Dr Ang Lai Hoe, a lead reforestation expert with FRIM, who we will engage to carry out this critical tree audit.
Pulai Trail project is a leading example of community based excellence in conservation and restoration.