NewsTESSA in the Central Forest Spine: Basic Field Skills Training

February 3, 2022

Our first basic field training for non-foresters was held from the 14-15th December 2021. This training was conducted with the aim of providing Central Forest Spine (CFS) stakeholders the opportunity to gain technical field skills and knowledge needed to conduct their ecosystem service assessments using the TESSA approach and method

Basic Field Skill Training for TESSA – Group Picture.
Photo credit – Steven Wong

We were fortunate to have the support of the Shah Alam Community Forest committee in particular Ms Alicia Teoh and Mr Steven Wong, together with SEARRP’s field team who joined us all the way from Sabah, leading a series of training for our enthusiastic participants from Universiti Kebangansaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn¬†Malaysia¬†and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. Through the two day field training, participants were given hands-on experience on how to collect water samples, evaluate the water quality of the streams, measure the girth (DBH) of tropical trees and how to mark their own sampling plots for vegetation surveys and for carbon monitoring

Measuring DBH

Setting up a plot



Water Sampling
Photo credit Steven Wong

It was a great opportunity for the participants to learn from people who work in the field and to exchange ideas from local experts. During the training we also had the chance to catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife including a species of Agamid lizard, Green Whip snake and a Silver-leaf langur! Luckily we were able to escape the massive floods which struck our training venue the day after our event ended.