Freshwater is becoming one of the most critical natural resource issues facing the planet. Human beings can survive for only a few days without freshwater. We currently have 7 billion people on the planet,
has nearly 30 million people. Yet there is no more freshwater on earth now than there was 2,000 years ago. Malaysia
To add to this crisis, we are now in the age of climate change - rising sea levels, flooding of coastal areas, increased drought and intense storms, decreases in agriculture yields, and the possibility of salt water intrusion into underground aquifers and farmland.
Climate change will lead to changes in rainfall patterns. Some areas may experience more serious drought, others may experience more intense typhoons and rainstorms. According to Met Office Hadley Centre, population increases, combined with changes in river run-off as a result of changes in rainfall patterns and increased temperatures, could mean that by 2080 there will be significantly less water available to people living under water stress.
Are we living in an area of water stress? Since 2000, there have been cries of a water crisis in the
. Yet neither the Federal nor the Klang Valley governments have taken any measurable action to avert this “crisis” - except await the construction of the RM11 billion Kelau dam and inter-state water transfer project. Selangor State
Now both the Federal and State government want to build an expressway through 2 water catchment forests in the Selangor State Park, namely the Hulu Gombak (Klang Gates reservoir) and the Ampang Forest Reserves. The KLORR is yet another addition to the growing list of concerns we have for the sustainable management of
’s freshwater. Malaysia
A six lane expressway will not just “have some impact on nature,” as stated by the Selangor State Government. The highway, together with the pending impacts of climate change and further misuse of our water resources, will impact the entire population of
and residents of Ampang – about 2 million people. Kuala Lumpur
International studies have demonstrated that major cities should focus efforts and funds on conserving forests that naturally purify their drinking water. Doing so has been proven to save cities billions of dollars on water treatment facilities. And the rivers in the Hulu Gombak and Ampang forest areas of the
are extremely clean. Selangor State Park
Environmental specialists from the World Bank have stated that "For many cities, time is running out. Protecting forests around water catchment areas is no longer a luxury but a necessity."
According a paper in 2007 by Equilibrium Research, the presence of forest on Mount Kenya saved
’s economy more than US$20 million by protecting the catchment for two of the country’s main river systems, the Tana and the Ewaso Ngiro. Kenya
So why are both our Federal and Selangor State Government so unwilling to see the value in protecting our existing water catchment areas? Residents and NGO have been protesting against the KLORR since it first appeared in the Draft Structure Plans back in 1998, to no avail.
We cannot think that just because we spoil our water supply in one location, we can then look to another location for new supply. We cannot keep looking at new development and construction as the cure-all for our nation’s problems. This is not sustainable, realistic nor economically sound. Add to this, our water supply and natural forests are finite. Once we’ve destroyed them it will be nearly impossible to get them back.
Most people are concerned about the traffic on the MRR2. However, building more roads encourages more traffic which requires more road building thus resulting in a vicious cycle of ever increasing roads and traffic. The Malaysian public desires better, smarter solutions than this.
While building another expressway to solve the traffic woes of Jalan Ulu Kelang may be good for the next election, building an 6 lane expressway through our water catchment is clearly not a good investment in the long term. As true leaders of this country, the Federal and State governments need to make hard decisions that will lead us down a sustainable path, that will ensure both current and future generations will have all the resources they need to survive and succeed.
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2012 Met Office Hadley Centre together with the Britian’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office:
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2007 by Equilibrium Research:
of Public Health, Population Information Program Study: Johns Hopkins School