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Site Visit: Scoping Assessment at Sungai Linggi, Melaka

Sungai Linggi is historically known as the main trade route between Melaka and Sungai Ujung in 16th century, and later for tin trade in the 18th century. Bordering Melaka and Negeri Sembilan, the river presents an interesting view of mangroves, nypa trees, and a variety of flora and fauna along the river. These features provide for a rich ecotourism potential to nature-loving tourists.

The existing attractions in the area are small-scale ecotourism activities that include a 15km boat ride along the river, where tourists can stop at destinations like Sabak Arang (translates to House of Coal), and Taman Lokan. The latter is an initiative that provides a camping site and rest area that serves a local delicacy of marsh clams, or lokan. Other tourist attractions in the area include the reptiles that coexist peacefully with the locals (mainly crocodiles), a firefly sanctuary, and a Dutch old town.

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MIMA officers on a boat ride along Sungai Linggi to survey the social, natural, and ecological aspects of the area

The visit focused on a pre-assessment of the local environmental, resource, and ecological challenges towards ensuring sustainability, as well as community wellbeing in the area. Interactions with the local community and WWF-Malaysia (Melaka) revealed challenges such as depleting fish stock, species declination i.e., river terrapins, and several other issues caused by coastal development and human activity.

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Some of the major social, natural and ecological characteristics observed along Sungai Linggi

Overall, the scoping assessment revealed important issues and challenges that must be addressed to ensure sustainability in the area. Further analysis will be conducted by MIMA researchers to provide recommendations on the ways forward for Sungai Linggi.  

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