JOHOR plans to plant four million trees by 2025 in line with Malaysia’s commitment to become a carbon-neutral nation by 2050.
State tourism, environment, heritage and culture committee chairman K. Raven Kumar said more than 400,000 trees had been planted throughout Johor since early this year.
This, he added, was part of the 100 Million Tree Planting Campaign implemented by the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry through the cooperation of the Forestry Department.
Raven Kumar said the state government aimed to strike a balance between development and environmental sustainability.
“We cannot rule out development projects which will involve the felling of trees to make way for residences, for example.
“But through this programme, we will rope in various parties, including the private sector, to plant more trees which will indirectly have a positive impact on the environment,” he said.
On June 6 during World Environment Day at Taman Tugu in Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Malaysia was committed to its target of becoming a carbon-neutral nation as early as 2050.
He said he had stated this in his keynote address during the Nikkei Conference in Japan, and that the Malaysian government would enact climate change-related legislation to meet this target.
Ismail Sabri also said that Malaysia was committed to preserving its natural forests that cover over 50% of the country’s total land mass.
The government would implement solutions to reduce long-term impacts on the environment, including through planting trees, he added.