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Arboreal Crossing, Tanjung Bungah, Penang

Location: Tanjung Bungah, Penang, Malaysia

Case contact person: Dr. Jo Leen Yap, Project leader, Langur Project Penang (LPP)

Case study conducted by: LAr, Dr. Mohd Sallehuddin bin Mat Noor (Landscape Architecture Department, Faculty of Design and Architecture, University Putra Malaysia); Yoon Ai Chin (National Institute of Public Administration)

Time span: 3 years

Green SDGs: SDG 11, SDG 13, SDG 15

Partners: The Habitat Group, Langur Project Penang, CIMB Bank

Data sources available: Interviews, documents, observations, mini survey

Decorative image illustrating Penang Hill.
Image by Fidelia Zheng via Unsplash

The Langur Project Penang (LPP) is a community science-based outreach and conservation project in Malaysia, established in January 2016. It operates in collaboration with governmental bodies, educational institutions, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) within Malaysia and international communities. LPP aims to foster coexistence among humans and urban wildlife through citizen science-based fieldwork capacity building, environmental education, and conservation efforts. The first project spans for at least 3 years which was planned to reestablish the natural ecosystem infrastructure and services. In February 2019, LPP built the first artificial road canopy bridge also known as arboreal crossing in Malaysia in Teluk Bahang, Penang. The project was to built an arboreal crossing to assist arboreal wildlife to safely move between habitat fragments that were previously disconnected by road and other infrastructure. The pilot bridge has been remarkably successful, with no new mammal roadkills reported since its completion. Over the period from March 2019 to May 2021, a total of 2,128 animal crossings involving three mammal species were documented. Presently, the LPP team is in the process of analyzing over 5,000 new crossing events captured by camera traps. The project was piloted at between natural area of Penang Biosphere Reserve but now had switched to more urbanized area. Located at Tanjung Bungah, the arboreal crossing spans out over 1,000-meter connecting from community parks, moderate density residential area to Pearl Hill Park, reestablishing linkages through fragmented green spaces to reserved forest within the vicinity. The project is expected to be plan and construct for the next few years, with public engagement shall shape the definition of problem and solution in proposing the arboreal crossing design, construction, and maintenance of an optimum wildlife infrastructure.

The project funded by CIMB Islamic, with additional funding provided by the supporters and clients of Langur Project Penang Hub.

In GOGREEN, we define the green SDGs as the following SDGs: SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 13, SDG 14, SDG 15

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