On Thursday, 30 December 2021, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MHB) initiated its Mangrove Planting programme on the coastal of Kg. Perigi Acheh, Pasir Gudang, Johor. The programme, which is part of the MHB Go Green environmental project, was conducted in collaboration with the South Johor District Forestry Office, Johor State Forestry Department (Jabatan Perhutanan Negeri Johor), and aligns with MHB’s environmental sustainability efforts, starting with the coastal areas.
It is an effort to conserve the country’s biodiversity whilst also improving the quality of the natural environment and rivers. This effort is also conducted in support of the Greening Malaysia Programme ‘The 100 million Tree-Planting Campaign’ that was launched in January this year.
20 volunteers from MHB worked alongside a team from Johor State Forestry Department and the supportive village committee members of Kg. Perigi Acheh to plant the mangrove saplings along Kg. Perigi Acheh’s coastal area. The nature of the programme presented the volunteers with the opportunity to learn more about the mangrove ecosystem.
During the programme, an awareness talk was also conducted to enhance the participants’ knowledge on how mangroves can help reduce shoreline erosion and protect coastal communities against coastal flooding, high winds and waves. Mangroves are tropical trees that thrive in conditions most timber could never tolerate – salty, coastal waters and the interminable ebb flow of the tide. With their ability to store vast amounts of carbon, mangrove forests are the key weapons in the fight against climate change.
Recognising the urgency to address climate change in ensuring a sustainable future, MHB intends to continue their sustainability efforts with more biodiversity programmes which not only involve employees and the surrounding communities, but also the youth through intensive environmental programmes.