Petaling Jaya: Gamuda Parks is entering a Memorandum of Understanding between Universiti Malaya (UM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) to improve the overall water quality at Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands (PIDW). A Memorandum of Collaboration will also be signed with Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) to improve efficiency of waste management across 3 core Gamuda Land townships.
Khariza Abd Khalid, Executive Director of Gamuda Land says, “We want to commit in areas where we can make the biggest impact when it comes to climate action. As a town maker, mindful master planning and good designs are where we can make a difference for the community and working hand-in-hand with nature and not against it. In order to do so, we cannot do it alone, and we are pleased to have like-minded institutions who share our green agenda to work hand-in-hand with us.”
The collaboration between UM and UKM will see an investigation to the current water quality in PIDW, adjacent to Gamuda Cove in Dengkil, Selangor. A water quality benchmark study will then be established to be further used by UM as a basis for Gamuda Park’s upcoming biodiversity audit.
Taking these steps with UM and UKM to improve the water quality in PIDW will in turn improve the overall health of the wetlands. With better water quality, trees in the area will flourish to provide more food source to the animals. Fishes will also propagate more, which means more food for water and migratory birds.
This is in line with the Gamuda Green Plan (GGP), a comprehensive framework that charts tangible targets driven on environmental, social and governance (ESG) dimensions. The goal is to reduce direct and indirect corporate greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 30% in 2025 and by 45% in 2030.
Enhancing Waste Management
Biodiversity enhancement has been the main focus of Gamuda Parks’ initiatives, emphasizing on flora, fauna and waterscapes. Another key aspect of Gamuda Parks’ agenda is to advocate better waste and material management.
The collaboration between Gamuda Parks and UniKL will concentrate on the current waste management methodologies and how it can be further improved in Gamuda Land developments. Soil samples, food waste and garden waste will be collected from Gamuda Cove, Gamuda Gardens and twentyfive.7 for experiments and scientific researches.
“The results of this study will provide a clear guideline for our maintenance team to better manage overall waste management in our townships. Additionally, improvements in food wastage compost management will improve the overall landscaping at Gamuda Land developments as we use the compost material as bio-fertilizers to boost the growth of plants and trees that adorn our township.
“This effort helps us minimize landfill waste whilst providing the plants within our township with an organic form of nutrient supplements. Eventually the carbon footprint of each township will reduce by diverting compostables from landfills,” Khariza adds.
About Gamuda Parks
Gamuda Land, through Gamuda Parks, has progressively delivered its pledge for biodiversity conservation through ongoing biodiversity audits and data compilation exercises in several Gamuda Land townships, as well as the formulation and publication of the Gamuda Parks Biodiversity Policy.
Khariza mentions, “To date we have completed 7 biodiversity audits with 3 in progress to assess the overall health of the natural environments of our developments in Malaysia. These audits are jointly conducted with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and have recorded significant increase in the number of species in our townships which includes migratory and IUCN’s red list bird species.”
Gamuda Parks is a self-driven initiative by Gamuda Land, with the mandate to implement holistic management and consistency to biodiversity enrichment, conservation, nature education and township design and maintenance efforts across its townships.