Wetland Lake Restoration -
Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
is an exotic and noxious water weed in the waterways of
eastern Sabah Borneo. Reported to have been introduced in the early 1990s,
this invasive water fern is presently engulfing the wetlands of the Lower
Kinabatangan, choking critical wetland habitats, turning once pristine lakes,
freshwater swamps and tributaries into festering sludge pits.
Floods of 2001 introduced Salvinia into the Tungog Lake. Tears of dismay
and anger were the only thing to describe the MESCOT teams initial
realisation as one of their village’s traditional fishing grounds were engulfed.
Within a short 16 months this 18ha oxbow lake was completely covered. In
2005 when MESCOT team members attempted to remove the Salvinia more
than 1m of Salvinia sludge already lined the bottom of this endangered
aquatic habitat. Today the lake remains only 4-5m deep.
Through the funding support of
Alexander Abraham Foundation (NY)
MESCOT team piloted the removal of Salvinia in late 2005. It took 14 months
of grueling hard labour to finally removal the surface cover of Salvinia.
Today the MESCOT team cleans the lake on a monthly basis supported by
funds raised through tourism and volunteer support.
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against this water weed...
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