The Training of Trainers on Integrated Urban River Basin Management was successfully completed on 24 April 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Organised by the Malaysian Capacity Development Network for Sustainable Water Management (MyCDNet) and the River of Life Public Outreach Programme Phases 3B & 4 , this 2-day event took on a field-based approach to training by first bringing the 30 participants and facilitators on a full-day site visit on 23 April 2019 with five observation stops along the Batu River. The field study began with the first stop at Batu Dam, the upstream of Batu River. As we journeyed downstream, we saw how the urbanisation of the Sg Batu Basin through commercial, residential, industrial, recreational development, and the development of services, amenities and infrastructure that has made this river basin, the type of urban basin it is today. This real-time perspective drew on the experiences, challenges, trials, and tribulations in implementing the River of Life Public Outreach Programme today in the 21st century. The field visit ended at the confluence where Batu River joins up with Gombak River.
On the second day, with all that was observed indelibly etched on their minds, the participants could better grasp the theory on the overall concept of Integrated Urban River Basin Management, could better visualise the role and challenges of the local councils, and were more inspired to do their parts in the rehabilitation of our rivers – which is one of the main objectives of the River of Life Public Outreach Programme.
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