Four million trees to be planted in state by end of 2025

JOHOR government is committed to achieving its target of planting four million trees by end of 2025.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said Malaysia began a tree planting programme in 2010 during the 10th Malaysia Plan period.It targeted 26 million trees, but in fact, 72.16 million trees were planted between 2010 and 2014.

“As part of the continuation of the 26 million trees campaign, another programme was launched on Jan 5 this year, which is the Malaysia green programme that targets the planting of 100 million trees nationwide.

“It involves all states, with Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad launching the Johor-level programme on the same day,” he said during the state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri. He was replying to S. Gopalakrishnan (PH-Tiram) and Tan Hong Pin (PH-Skudai) who asked about actions taken by the government to plant more trees.

Vidyananthan said that up to October this year, 256,510 trees were planted statewide involving various agencies and individuals.

He said the implementation of such programmes did not only involve the government but also local councils, corporate bodies, non-governmental organisations, community associations, higher education institutions, schools and individuals.

“The state government is committed to this programme by targeting to plant four million trees by the end of 2025 or 800,000 per year in Johor.”

He said the programme was important as it would help maintain green areas throughout the country, in addition to preserving and conserving forests.

Vidyananthan said it would help raise awareness on the importance of trees and forest areas as well as cultivate a love for nature.

“The commitment to maintain forested areas and trees over at least 50% of the country’s land can be achieved through the participation of everyone in this programme,” he said.He added that the programme would also help realise the Malaysian Greening Agenda to address climate and environmental changes as well as improve people’s quality of life.

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