Landscape Malaysia Plants 32,367 Trees Nationwide

Posted on December 1, 2011. Filed under: Forestry/Wetlands |

(Bernama) — A total of 32,367 trees has been planted nationwide so far through the ‘My Forest’ programme organised by Landscape Malaysia since it was launched at Bukit Kiara Park in February 2009.

Landscape Malaysia chairman Tun Jeanne Abdullah said the organisation would continue with its tree planting effort to ensure the trees could benefit future generations.

“This effort is important as most places including urban parks, schools, hospitals and degraded areas do not have many trees anymore,” she said at a “My Forest’ programme organised by Landscape Malaysia and Exxonmobil in Kampung Balak, Pasir Panjang, here, Thursday.

Through this programme, 1,000 mangrove saplings will be planted along the village coastline.

Jeanne said Malaysians were fortunate as they could still breathe fresh air, enjoy clean water supply and use natural resources for a living, but these would not be permanent without efforts to conserve them.

“We should learn lessons from the tsunami that also hit our country in 2004, as it had an impact on our country and people. As such, our mangrove forests must be preserved as wave breakers to protect our shores.

“Peninsular Malaysia has 106,104 hectares of mangrove but only 1.8 per cent are in their original state.

“The natural environment is a gift from God for humans who are entrusted to safeguard it from harm,” she said.

Esso Malaysia Retail Business director Faridah Ali said the company hoped to contribute to improving the ecosystem along the country’s coastline through the mangrove planting programme.

“We also hope that the beauty and cleanliness of our coastal areas can be preserved through cooperation and monitoring by the relevant agencies, as well as the public’s civic-consciousness,” she said.

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