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30 million more trees to reach the target

Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022

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Joniston (fifth, left) receiving a souvenir from Dolly as fellow Rotarians and guests look on.

The state government has pledged to plant 36 million trees by 2025 as part of the national Greening Malaysia programme. Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said so far Sabah had planted around 4.5 million trees and hoped to move forward with more sustainability and green initiatives. He said this while launching the inaugural Environment Conference 2022 held at the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Ramsar Site, in conjunction with the celebration of World Environment Day in Kota Kinabalu on 3 June. His speech was read by his Deputy Minister Datuk Joniston Bangkuai.

Themed “Replanting our future,” Jafry said the conference becomes a necessary platform to engage in environmental discussions, raise awareness and highlight current issues. “Many of our Sabah attractions and destinations are also showing signs of damage from global warming and climate change. “As such, it is crucial that we establish platforms such as this conference that will help us produce sustainable solutions. to mitigate the impacts of climate change and restore the natural beauty of our flora and fauna,” said Jafry. Informing and educating the younger generation about the purpose of the conference is important as it will help us produce compassionate individuals for become agents of change for a better future, he said, “We must also help our future generations to make informed decisions to reduce environmental damage and find creative, effective and sustainable solutions to repair environmental damage” , did he declare.

With discussion topics ranging from air pollution, water security, mangrove and coral reef restoration, Jafry said the conference agenda is in line with the state government’s agenda on climate change, environmental conservation and restoration. The President of the Malaysia Nature Society, Professor Ahmad Ismail, highlighted the need to preserve and conserve biodiversity, with Malaysia ranked among the 12 most biodiverse countries in the world. “Together, these countries are home to 60-70% of the world’s recorded biodiversity,” he said. The conference was jointly organized by the Rotary Clubs of Luyang and Kuching. The next will be held in Kuching in 2024. The goal is, among other things, to have Rotarians lead by example through environmental discourse, awareness and action, as well as to identify key projects in the locality to be carried out in parallel with each conference.

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The public is invited to submit suggestions for environmental projects that could be organized by Rotary. Also present were Mary Malangking, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Dolly Yeap, Governor of Rotary International District 3310, and the Presidents of Rotary Clubs of Luyang and Kuching, Halim Egoh and Garett Sim.
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