Initiative of CIC’s Danish Member Organisation DHA
People & Nature: A Fishing Village in Malaysia
“In Malaysia there are several big cities but also lots of villages. This book takes you on a trip to the village of Kuala Gula, where you’ll meet the Chinese boy Key Kang and the Malay girl Haleeda. […] Most of the inhabitants of the village are fishermen. In the village, the people of Chinese and Malay descent stick to themselves. There are Malay and Chinese schools, there are Malay and Chinese restaurants, and the Malay and the Chinese inhabitants each live in their own end of the village. And each group speaks its own language. But they have one thing in common: A beautiful and rich landscape with rivers, mangrove forests and oil palms. And the wildlife in the area is in a class of its own. Here you’ll find storks, herons and animals that are unique to Kuala Gula Wetlands.[…]”
Since 2001 the CIC Member Danish Hunters Association has been collaborating with Wetlands International in Malaysia in order to help Kuala Gula. They have set up a project with the dual aim of preserving the nature in the area and helping the inhabitants find other ways to secure an income apart from fishing.
You can learn more about this by reading about the families in Kuala Gula in this book.
The project is financed by Danida, the Danish organization for development assistance, which helps developing countries or poor inhabitants of developing countries build a better life. Danida also helps countries - like Malaysia - improve and protect the environment.
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