There will be an attempt by 2,000 people to plant 20,200 mangrove seedlings within three hours in Langkawi.
The feat is being organised by the Institute of Foresters Malaysia (IRIM) together with Ship for South-East Asian Youth Programme (SSEAYP) with a view to entering the Malaysia Book of Records. They hope to break the previous record of 11,111 mangrove seedlings planted in Perlis in 2011.
An estimated 300 participants from the Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Japan and Malaysia involved in SSEAYP will take part. SSEAYP is in its 40th year, and is a programme between Japan and Asean countries to promote understanding among youths while sailing on board a cruise ship.
The planting of the mangrove seedlings is being held together with the SSEAYP International General Assembly which is being held at Resort World Awana Porto Malai in Langkawi from yesterday to April 28. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will present the keynote address.
The general assembly, with the theme “Touch of Nature”, is held annually in different countries.
Foresters, local communities, police trainees and VIPs will be present for the mangrove seedling planting event.
A representative from the Japanese and Malaysian governments, together with more than half a dozen envoys from Asean countries in Malaysia, are expected to be present.
Also supporting the event are the Peninsular Forestry Department, Sarawak Forestry Department, Sabah Forestry Department and the Kedah Forestry Department.
Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Dawos Mamit launched the event together with IRIM president Haron Abu Hasan at Berjaya Hotel and Resorts Kuala Lumpur last Wednesday.
IRIM honorary secretary Mohd Yussainy Md Yusop received sponsorship totalling RM400,000 for the event including from Oleon Sdn Bhd, Hana Gold and Tradewinds Corporation.
Oleon Sdn Bhd, sponsored RM100,000 and Oleon NV CEO Moussa Naciri and Oleon Sdn Bhd managing director James De Caluwe were present.
De Caluwe said that Oleon NV is Europe’s largest oleochemical group. “Since we are investing in Malaysia, it is only right to give back.”
Source: Stuart, M. (2014, April 26). Multiplying Mangrove. TheStar. Retrieved from http://www.thestar.com.my