The RIVER Ranger Programme covers 5 training modules, usually a full-day theory and hands-on practical field training at the nearest river with an interactive river walk focusing on physical, chemical and biological monitoring.
This module gives an introduction to what is a river and a river basin, and to rekindle the relationship between humans and rivers, which is water.
This module gives an overview on the current status of rivers in Malaysia and Malaysia’s water quality ranking at a global level. It also highlights the main sources of pollution here in Malaysia - industrial, agricultural and residential, and the effect and impact on humans especially on our drinking water and health. Finally, the pollution phenomenon: algae blooms and alien fish domination
Teaches students about the Integrated River Basin Management Concept, which is how to look after rivers by considering the whole river basin rather than just the river. What is the proper way and integrated approach to managing our rivers? It needs the involvement of all parties: the government, private sector and public. How we can make a difference? The way forward is civic science - awareness, knowledge and skill for the general public, which will lead to action.
This module gives important information on how to actually audit and monitor rivers in the field, and what equipment and safety procedures are needed. It also briefs students on the different parameters that need to be measured and what they represent in terms of water quality.
Participants will learn how to develop and establish their own blog/websites on which they will publish their activities and results to share and outreach the general public.
On-site Practical Field Training
Participants will be taken to the river and carry out river mapping and river health check activities to assess the health of the river. This involves mapping out the area of the river basin and noting down all the different land uses and activities going on identifying pollution sources in the process. They are also asked to do a physical observation assessment of the river’s environment. Chemical and biological monitoring is also trained to assess the river water quality by using simple chemical testing kit. Biological monitoring is an important assessment as it shows people that there are living organisms inside the river that depend on the river for its survival – that the river is a living entity, and not merely a path for water to flow.