Ong (fourth from top left) and volunteers proudly posing with the healthy batch of mangrove saplings planted by Ricoh back in 2011. The saplings are now over 6-feet tall
RICOH (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has continued its efforts to restore and preserve the mangrove eco-system at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) for the fourth year running.
The “Much About Mangroves” programme, initiated by the company, is in line with the vision set by the Ricoh Group to conserve the global environment, focusing particularly on forest eco-systems with rich biodiversity.
Ricoh (Malaysia) has been organising educational eco journeys for its employees and customers since its inaugural programme in 2011 by replanting mangrove saplings in selected areas within the park.
This year, the company that offers total office solutions revealed a greater purpose to its programme – to provide a macroscopic view by educating its employees and customers on the bigger picture of the mangrove eco-system that contributes to building a sustainable society, which is achievable through striking a balance between three crucial elements: Planet (environment), People (society), and Profit (economic activities).
“For the last three years Ricoh (Malaysia), in collaboration with Malaysia Nature Society (MNS), has contributed to planting 1,300 mangrove saplings in selected areas within KSNP through our ‘Much About Mangroves’ programme.
“Mangrove forests do not only provide a stable ecosystem for local wildlife, it also provides migratory birds with a safe resting haven. This is why we decided that this year, we should do more to allow people to understand and see the bigger picture of the mangrove eco-system; how it impacts the lives and habitats of millions of flora and fauna as well as our economy,” said Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd total quality management manager Ong Kian Seng.
This year, instead of planting mangrove saplings, 50 enthusiastic participants visited mangrove rejuvenation sites to review the growth of the mangrove saplings that were planted by Ricoh volunteers in the last three years.
Participants were also taken on an educational experience visiting a corn plantation and were then whisked away on a boat ride to visit an important bird area along the Kuala Selangor coast to show Ricoh’s efforts in mangrove replanting in the past that spurred rich biodiversity in sustaining the lives and habitats of a multitude of bird species along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.
“Excessive pollution and the relentless development along Malaysia’s coast lines have caused coastal mangroves to dwindle. More than 14% of our mangrove forests have depleted in the last 24 years.
This is highly alarming as our mangrove forests are very rich in biodiversity and provide a tremendous amount of resources for the birds and animals that depend on it. Hence, we highly commend Ricoh’s efforts in not only conserving but also educating its stakeholders on the importance and richness of our mangroves,” said Maichal Isthyben, Park Manager of Kuala Selangor Nature Park.