Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor, over 108,000 hectares in size, is the third largest park in Peninsular Malaysia. Gazetted as a state park in 2007 under the National Forestry Act Enactment 2005 of Selangor, and managed by the Forestry Department of Selangor, this natural forested area protects some of Selangor’s most vital resources.
The immense value of conserving and sustainably managing the area as a state park includes protecting Selangor’s vast fauna and flora biodiversity, water supply, safeguarding against upstream erosion of steep terrain and reducing downstream flooding while serving the downstream commercial activities in the State plus the key role it plays in maintaining the clean air we breathe.
The Park, part of the Central Forest Spine that acts as the “backbone” for Peninsular Malaysia, houses among the oldest Dipterocarp tropical forests in the region. Straddling three districts, the Park consists of largely contiguous forest stretching from Hulu Selangor at the northern tip of Selangor State, through Gombak, down to Hulu Langat in the south.
The Park is also home to wildlife such as bats that are key pollinators and seed dispersers of important agricultural interest to fruit farms located outside the Park. Hydrologically, the forests of Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor are the main source of water supply for Selangor and the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya.
The Park incorporates much of the forest and mountain ecosystems of Selangor that crucially connect with the state’s coastal, marine and freshwater ecosystems through a network of five main rivers and their tributaries. These diverse and interconnected ecosystems provide Selangor and the Federal Territories with life- and industry-supporting services and with resources such as food and water.
The Park’s importance as a water catchment area for the Klang Valley and as a hotbed of biological diversity cannot be overstated. The Park is the origin of all major rivers in Selangor feeding the five reservoirs that provide 98% of the water supply to Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. The wealth of the biodiversity of the Park also contributes to Malaysia’s classification as a mega-diverse country.