Staying rooted to the green mission

TEMERLOH: A total of 1.48 million trees will be planted statewide over a period of five years to support the Earth Day and World Biodiversity Day initiatives.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the move was also in line with the country’s green campaign to plant 26 million trees nationwide.

“The trees will help to absorb about 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“People will enjoy cleaner air and a healthier environment.

“The state Forestry Department has been entrusted with the task of realising the Government’s campaign themed ‘Green the Earth: One Citizen, One Tree’,” he said in his speech during the state-level tree-planting programme in Kemasul forest reserve near here.

His speech was read out by state financial officer Datuk Norzan Ahmad, who represented him at the launch.

Also present were state Forestry director Datuk Mohd Paiz Kamarulzaman, Temerloh district officer Datuk Dr Sallehuddin Ishak and Temerloh Municipal Council president Datuk Zulkifli Yaacob.

Some 1,000 civil servants and 500 secondary school students took part in the programme by planting a tree each.

Adnan said forest reserves were important in ensuring the stability of the environment, water catchment areas and conservation of bioversity, flora and fauna.

He said that in Pahang, about 55% of its land or approximately two million hectares were still covered in forests.

“Of the total, 1.5 million hectares have been gazetted as permanent forest reserves under the National Forestry Act 1984 (amendment 1993).

“Another 0.9mil hectares are left untouched to ensure environmental stability and as water catchment areas to sustain a continuous supply of raw water,” he stressed.

Adnan said protecting its forests was top on the state’s agenda to safeguard the wildlife and biodiversity as national heritage.

“Malaysia is working closely with the rest of the world in addressing climate change with the implementation of programmes such as tree-planting, energy conservation and a better management of water supply.

“We hope to create an awareness among the people on the importance of conservation and reduction of toxic waste,” he said.

He said other green measures adopted by Pahang included gazetting of Tasik Chini as a biosphere reserve, marine parks, implementation of the pioneer voluntary carbon offset scheme in Pekan and forest conservation initiatives in Taman Negara, Endau Rompin and Kenong.

He hoped such initiatives would help to instill a sense of love for the environment for the benefit of future generations.

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