CREATING A COMMUNITY-BASED MONITORING AND WATCHDOG PROGRAM FOR LANDSLIDES
Executive Summary
This project aims to teach laymen residents how to detect signs of landslides, know
what to do when such signs are observed, take action on mitigation measures and know
what to do when landslides strike. It combines disaster risk reduction with overtones of
environmental awareness, as one of the key messages calls for residents to regularly
scan natural and built environment for any changes in their surroundings.
Activities. The main activities that the project shall engage in are:
? Community talks and presentations (awareness and education)
? Training workshops on starting a community?based monitoring program
(capacity building)
? Setting up of monitoring programs (implementation)
? Case reports (end results)
Target Audience. The target audience is homeowners and residents living in hillside
communities or near urban development. Key messages to be conveyed to the target
audience are categorized according to topics. One of them is to avoid deforestation, as
rainfall on exposed earth causes rivulets, gullies and eventually soil erosion to occur.
This is one of the activities under the category of Land Degradation, which is one of the
GEF focal areas.
Engagement of Communities. Residents will be directly engaged in this project as
they are expected to start up and sustain a community?based monitoring program
within their communities. The communities that have been selected for this project are
those that have reported problems before, but were not able to resolve them due to lack
of capacity and capability. Starting up and maintaining a monitoring program by
residents does not require much capital, but it does require a layman’s understanding of geotechnical concepts and a good set of SOPs. This is what SlopeWatch intends to impart in this project.
Benefits to Communities. The benefits of the project are that residents are not only safer in their environment, but they will have also learned about joint problem solving.
Many of the residents have the mindset that since they pay ‘cukai pintu’, the Government should take care of slope maintenance and problems. This attitude leads to apathy and inaction on part of the residents. One of the lessons to be taught in this project is that residents should also be responsible for their own safety and vigilant of any changes in the environment around them.

The objective of the proposed project is to teach residents on how to set up a community?based early warning system and work with local authorities on follow?up mitigation works and measures. This is done through public awareness, education and capacity building.

Project Activities:
This program involves four main activities:
? Awareness and talks to the communities on signs of landslides and what causes
them
? Capacity building to sustain the program through training workshops
? Set?up of a local monitoring program at the community level (setting up a
community?based monitoring system)
? Case management
The last activity, performance review, ensures that the program is carried out properly
by the residents. It is a form of quality assurance of the process.

Expected Outputs:
The performance of the program shall be measured through the number of monitoring
programs set up at the residents association within the communities and the number of
case reports that are filed.
 

Project Snapshot

Grantee: PERSATUAN KOMUNITI SLOPEWATCH BUKIT ANTARABANGSA SELANGOR
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Land Degradation
Operational Phase: Phase 5
Grant Amount: US$ 25,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 3,000.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 12,520.00
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/LD/12/23
Start Date: 11/2012
End Date: 1/2014
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Capacity building on the issue related to landslide were conducted through a series of community talks, workshops involving residents associations, school talk, advertorial on newspaper and also a seminar on slope safety.
Notable Community Participation
Notable community participation of this project include resident representatives of housing community that was facing the threat of landslide, local council members and local authorities. Together, all stakeholders involved from identifying landslide to taking action to mitigate it were mobilised and brought together.
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