Environmental change and vulnerability: GIS application in Langat basin, Malaysia

Environmental change and vulnerability: GIS application in Langat basin, Malaysia

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Shaharudin Idrus
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
UKM, Mala
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Abdul Hadi Harman Shah
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
UKM, Mala

Ahmad Fariz Mohamed
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
UKM, Mala

Abdul Samad Hadi
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI)
UKM, Mala

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the question of vulnerability that results from rapid environmental change experienced in the Langat Basin, Malaysia. The Langat Basin, the region adjacent to central development hub of Klang Valley in Malaysia, has experienced tremendous economic growth in the past few years. Rapid growth has often been linked to vulnerability, and thus unsustainability. An understanding about vulnerability is a beginning towards paving the sustainability development path currently seeked upon by many countries. The research, focused on socio-economic development, the environment and the relationship with the vulnerability of those residing in the Langat Basin. The study attempted to analyse the sustainability of development efforts in the basin and increased vulnerability is always a possibility in the face of rapid development. Vulnerability is deemed to require a critical realist approach, being a condition layered by effects at several scales by various agents. Thus findings in this study, not only look at those directly impacted – the people, but also the drivers of development, the industries, as well as the support mechanisms, that of the commercial sector. GIS application has been used to see the environmental change as well as the region of vulnerability.