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MALAYSIA 26 MILLION TREES CAMPAIGN IN 2014

By • Apr 24th, 2010 • Category: ! Product News
MALAYSIA 26 MILLION TREES CAMPAIGN IN 2014
 
MALAYSIA 26 MILLION TREES CAMPAIGN IN 2014
 
Inconjuction with Earth Day, Natural Resources and Environment had launched a campaign to plant saplings around the country and target for 26 million trees in 4 years. Green the Earth: one citizen one tree, is the theme for the campaign hopefully could absorb carbon footprint to the year 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
Nationwide campaign to nurture 26 million saplings by 2014
 
PUTRAJAYA: A nationwide campaign to plant 26 million trees by 2014 has been launched to commemorate Earth Day.
 
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas launched the campaign themed “Green the Earth: One Citizen, One Tree” here.
 
The 26 million trees is said to represent the estimated population of the country.
 
Some 16,200 saplings were planted during the launch, with 500 planted at a site in Precinct 5 opposite the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here.
 
The other trees were planted at selected sites in Alor Setar (Kedah), Kangar (Perlis), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Seri Iskandar (Perak), Bachok (Kelantan), Kema-man (Terengganu), Pulau Melaka (Malacca), Seremban (Negri Sembi-lan), Kulai (Johor), Temerloh (Pahang), Esplanade (Penang), Hulu Selangor (Selangor), Kota Kinabalu (Sabah) and Petra Jaya (Sarawak).
 
The types of tree planted included cengal, cempaka, keruing, balau and kalumpang.
 
Uggah said the trees would be planted in stages and the process would be monitored by the relevant departments and agencies under the ministry.
 
“It is estimated that 38,470ha of denuded and logged forests, coastal areas and urban centres would be planted by 2014,” he said at the event that was also attended by Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
 
Uggah said the campaign was in line with the Government’s efforts to ensure that at least 50% of the country had forest cover in accordance with Malaysia’s commitment made at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
 
The forest cover currently was 56.4%, but if agricultural areas are taken into account, the acreage would rise to 75% of the total land area, he said.
 
Uggah said it was estimated that at the end of the campaign, in 2014, some 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide would have been absorbed due to the trees planted.
 
In KANGAR, Perlis State Secretary Datuk Mohd Zabidi Zainal represented Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Md Isa Sabu in leading the people to plant karas saplings in Sungai Batu Pahat near the state capital.
 
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