Friday, December 28, 2012

Fujitsu helps regenerate rainforest in Sabah

Borneo Rainforest

 SHAH ALAM:  Japanese technology firm Fujitsu have planted 1,000 trees at the Eco-Forest Park at Kinarut, Sabah, this year with the help of other groups in an effort to regenerate the tropical rainforest in Borneo.

Individuals from Fujitsu Group as well as the  Japanese embassy,  Kinabalu Japanese School, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Sabah Forestry Development Authority planted the saplings from Nov 23-Dec 2.

Fujitsu Malaysia marketing director Michele Lum said the forest regeneration project focuses on replanting a specific indigenous rainforest species known as the Dipterocarp, which grows slowly but is being cut down rapidly for the manufacture of plywood.

Since 2002, Fujitsu has planted 37,500 Dipterocarp saplings at the 150-hectare Eco-Forest Park with the assistance of Sabah Forestry Development Authority and the Japan International Forestry Promotion and Corporation Center.

“The survival rate of nursery trees we planted is 48% as of June 2012. Our continual efforts can increase the survival rate by planting new seedings in the areas where trees have died,” said Lum.

She said the  project is part of Fujitsu’s long term corporate social responsibility commitment in Malaysia to preserve the environment and its rich biodiversity.

Lum added that Fujitsu has also started surveying the wildlife in the area periodically to assess the degree of biodiversity in the Eco-Forest Park as it regenerates.

The Sabah Forestry Development Authority is attempting to revitalise the rainforest with tree-planting technologies and technical support provided by the Japan International Forestry Promotion and Corporation Centre.

Source: Selangor Times


Anonymous said...

The public can now do their part in conserving a key Sabah rainforest by contributing as little as RM15.

Anonymous said...

The money will go towards rehabilitating some 50sq m area within the 34,000ha Malua forest reserve that is critical for the long-term survival of orang utan, pygmy elephants, sun bears and other threatened wildlife species.

Anonymous said...

Alternatively, they can contribute RM300 to conserve some 1,000sq m of the forest reserve which borders the pristine Danum Valley in Sabah’s east coast.

Anonymous said...

The contribution can also be sent as a gift for birthdays and other special occasions via personalised online certificates featuring animals such as orang utan, sun bears, pygmy elephants, clouded leopards, rhinos and hornbills.

Anonymous said...

Malua BioBank manager Merril Halley said the Protect Malua site made it easy for everyone to contribute towards rainforest conservation.

Anonymous said...

“This has to be one of most cost-effective and enduring ways for individuals to contribute to the restoration and protection of prime rainforest,” said Halley.

Anonymous said...

Contributions will be used to restore the degraded forest which was logged before a ban was imposed in 2008 by the state government.

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