Landscape department surpasses target of 20 million trees planted nationwide

(From second left) Rotina and Rosida planting a tree while Nor Hisham looks on. — Photos: LOW LAY PHON/The Star

THE 22nd National Landscape Day is an important milestone for the National Tree-Planting Campaign that was launched in 1997.

With a target to plant 20 million trees nationwide, the National Landscape Department surpassed it when 21.6 million were planted in Malaysia within 23 years.

“We have surpassed the target and this was achieved mainly from the combined efforts of local authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGO), private companies and the public.

“The main objective is not only to exceed this target but increase the number of green areas in the country as well as address global warming and ‘urban heat island’ in cities, ” said Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Rosida Jaafar in her speech during the launch of National Landscape Day.

“I hope the national landscape development, which is in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, can be enhanced to involve the younger generation in making Malaysia a country with the most number of beautiful parks, ” she added.

(From fourth left) Rotina, Rosida and Nor Hisham presenting the first prize to Johor Baru City Council for the Most Beautiful Park National Initiative.(From fourth left) Rotina, Rosida and Nor Hisham presenting the first prize to Johor Baru City Council for the Most Beautiful Park National Initiative.

With the theme “Young Generation Shapes the National Landscape, ” National Landscape Day was celebrated at Taman Botani Perdana, Kuala Lumpur.

Several activities were lined up during the three-day affair, including a run, horticultural talks, mural painting as well as buskers’ performance.

The National Community Initiative winners were awarded by the National Landscape Department including residents associations and clubs that managed their parks well.

In the Most Beautiful Park National Initiative, Johor Baru City Council emerged champion followed by Shah Alam City Council and Ipoh City Council.

The councils took home RM1mil, RM500,000 and RM300,000 respectively.

Also present were KL mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan as well as National Landscape Department director-general Rotina Mohd Daik.

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