About 100 trees from a “Adopt a Tree” campaign have been planted in an urban forest known as Khazanah Rimba in Pantai Eco Park, Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.
The green space is located within the recreational park managed by Indah Water Konsortium (IWK) Sdn Bhd, while the trees were donated by individuals, groups and companies through a crowd-funding exercise.
The tree-planting activity was also held in conjunction with this year’s International Day of Forests and World Water Day that were observed on March 21 and 22 respectively.
The initiative was a joint effort between IWK and Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), where the latter planted and nurtured the trees using one of the by-products of waste — biosolids.
Biosolids are produced at the highest quality post-wastewater treatment from IWK’s sewerage treatment plants and act as soil conditioners or fertiliser to improve soil condition as well as enhance plant growth for non-food crops.
MNS used approximately 500kg of biosolids blended with soil for these trees.
Among the forest trees planted at Khazanah Rimba were terap, sentol, merawan bunga, kapur, kekatong, tampoi, kekabu, keruing bulu, giam lintah bukit, melaka, ipoh, merawan kanching, merbau, keruing naram and belimbing gunung.
IWK had signed a memorandum of understanding with MNS in July 2020 to expand the urban forest.
This initiative was a direct response to the government’s efforts in preserving the forest and making the city greener.
IWK provided the facilities, materials, managerial as well as industry technical skills to support MNS’ effort to grow the urban forest for the communities around it.
The project also aims to give shelter to urban fauna species and transform Khazanah Rimba into a community and educational hub.
The collaboration between IWK and MNS aims to revitalise Pantai Eco Park and increase its green cover within the next two years.
Planting trees is the first step to rehabilitate the park.
IWK and MNS are encouraging more participants to contribute to ongoing efforts for the urban forest.
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