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Back to listSep 19, 2010

1,800 Mangrove Trees Planted in Malaysia

100919x_sgm_mangrove_trees_planting(2).jpgIn the Kuala Selangor Nature Park's mangrove forest

On September 19, close to 200 Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) Selangor members of all ages planted more than 1,800 mangrove tree saplings in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park's mangrove forest. The event was part of the Beautiful Earth Campaign 2010 organized by Estée Lauder Companies. SGM Selangor co-organized the tree planting.

Managing Director of Estée Lauder Malaysia (ELM) Loo Kai Nan said, "The Beautiful Earth Campaign is a global program organized by Estée Lauder to help Mother Nature. SGM Selangor was chosen to support this event because SGM is an organization that cares for the environment besides actively promoting peace, education and culture."

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According to Mr. Loo, 3,500 mangrove tree saplings were donated by the general public as well as ELM employees and family members. Half of the saplings were planted earlier in the month by ELM employees. A Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) representative briefed the volunteers on how to correctly plant the trees to ensure their survival.

This campaign, in its second year, offers SGM Selangor members an opportunity to contribute to environmental protection and also builds awareness of the importance of mangrove forests. Mr. Loo expressed his hope that the tree planting would continue on a yearly basis and that SGM would support again in the future.

The Kuala Selangor Nature Park was established by the MNS in 1987 as a sanctuary for migratory birds and endangered species such as the Silvered Leaf Monkey, and as a breeding ground for fireflies.

Esther Angel from MNS mentioned that SGM was the first Buddhist association to support the nature park's tree planting and that they looked forward to future collaboration with SGM.

[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]