Health, beauty retailer gives RM20,000 for Tioman marine conservation

Divers deploying reef restoration blocks as part of activities during the coral rehabilitation and cultivation sustainability programme on Tioman Island.

A Health and beauty retailer has launched a series of initiatives aimed at marine conservation.

Watsons donated RM20,000 to support marine conservation in Pulau Tioman, furthering efforts to protect and restore marine ecosystems.

The donation, generated from sales of the Watsons calendars nationwide, directly benefits non-governmental organisation Reef Check Malaysia and indirectly supports 80 members of Tioman Marine Conservation Group as well as the Tioman community.

The initiative aims to build capacity among islanders to manage marine resources and actively participate in conservation work, fostering sustainable practices for future generations.

As part of the effort, Watsons organised a three-day coral rehabilitation and cultivation sustainability programme at a resort on the island.

The programme included activities such as deploying reef restoration blocks, building reef restoration blocks using recycled glass waste, and snorkelling to raise awareness about marine conservation.

Coral reefs are invaluable ecosystems, playing a pivotal role both ecologically and economically.

They serve as vital habitats for 33% of all known fish species, contributing significantly to marine biodiversity.

Beyond their ecological importance, coral reefs are the habitat for the marine life that is a crucial food source for millions of people worldwide and particularly in coastal communities reliant on fishing.

Moreover, these ecosystems act as natural barriers, safeguarding 20% of the world’s coasts from the erosive forces of waves.

Thus, the preservation of coral reefs is not only essential for the health of marine life but also for the well-being of coastal communities and economies.

Watsons Malaysia managing director and Watsons International exclusives director Caryn Loh said, “We are committed to safeguarding our marine resources and contributing to conservation efforts.

“We hope to inspire others to join us in protecting our oceans and marine life.”

The expedition coincided with the launch of the special-edition Naturals by Watsons Algae range, highlighting Watsons’ dedication to sustainable practices.

A sustainable DIY workshop was also conducted, showcasing recyclable bottle packaging and promoting recycling awareness.

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