YOU can now adopt a tree and be part of the rehabilitation effort at Pantai Eco Park in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.
The Adopt A Tree campaign is one of the initiatives under a social collaboration between Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).
“Foster parents” can adopt the trees at RM140 per plant with three options - donate for MNS to plant and care for the trees; plant your own tree and appoint MNS to care (with a minimum of 20 trees); or volunteer to care for the trees.
Through this three-year partnership, IWK will provide the facilities, materials, managerial and industry technical skills to support MNS to spruce up the growth of the urban forest known as Khazanah Rimba, targeting a total of 500 trees to be planted by end of this year.
Aimed at giving shelter to urban fauna species and to transform the park into a community and educational park, the effort will see a variety of trees including herbs, forest trees and wild fruit trees planted using biosolids.
Produced at the highest quality post-wastewater treatment from IWK’s sewage treatment plants, the biosolids serve as a soil conditioner for ornamental plants.
IWK chief executive officer Narendran Maniam said the collaboration between IWK and MNS would serve as an excellent platform for both industry and NGOs to explore the many areas of cooperation.
“In pursuing our vision, we also welcome the participation of all parties to come on-board and explore the many socio-economic growth potential.
“MNS being one of the well-known NGOs with expertise in conservation and protection of Malaysia’s natural heritage, I foresee a great synergy with MNS in the social development of sewerage industry and reuse of sewage treatment by-products.
“Riding on this, I also envisage the research and development and their initiatives will progress from just fundamental research to applied research gearing towards educational programmes and eventually commercialisation, ” he said.
The inking of the three-year agreement between Narendran and MNS president Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail was held at the Pantai 2 Sewage Treatment Plant.
“We have always remained true to our vision and steered towards protecting and conserving our environment, ” said Prof Ahmad.
“And we are glad that together with IWK, we have a shared vision materialised in the expansion of Khazanah Rimba.
“Many issues plague our environment and if we are not careful, we can lose this invaluable gift inadvertently.
“We hope to draw on this important realisation and impress upon other parties through this initiative, ” he added.