Tree planting effort by MPOGCF continues

by FAYYADH JAAFAR

THE Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF), a government agency under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), has continued its efforts on reforestation projects in line with the national agenda through the Greening Malaysia Program 2021–2025.

The aim of this initiative is to encourage and support reforestation programmes in line with the national agenda through the Greening Malaysia Program 2021–2025, which was launched to address climate change and improve people’s quality of life, aligning with the theme of the celebration, “Forests for Community Livelihood.”

As a government agency under the MPIC, MPOGCF is committed to its objective of encouraging and supporting reforestation programmes in line with the national agenda and further promoting the sustainability of the country’s forest resources.

“To achieve the objectives of our reforestation efforts, we have been working closely with various partners and experts in forestry over the years, to ramp up these efforts while we help put a spotlight on preserving and conserving our national forests and increasing the planting of trees across the country,” said Zamakhshari Muhamad, General Manager of MPOGCF.

“We are making significant strides in the forest areas identified as degraded in Lower Kawag, Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserve in Sabah with 29,044 trees planted so far as part of the planting of another 80,000 seedlings within 200 hectares which is expected to be completed in early April.”

“This endeavour is a part of our 1-Million Forest-Tree Planting Program, one of our ongoing and high-volume programs to date,” added Zamakhshari.

The 10-year project, which was initiated in collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department, aims to plant and grow indigenous forest species and native fruit trees in order to enrich forest biodiversity in the selected areas, as they serve as important wildlife corridors in the long run.

MPOGCF is also currently focused on another high-volume program, the Reforestation of Ecological Linkage Central Forest Spine (CFS) in Kelantan, a collaboration with the Kelantan State Forestry Department to convert and link fragmented forests in Peninsular Malaysia.

With an estimated RM 25 million from MPOGCF, the programme expects to plant 625,000 seedlings in 1,000 hectares in July.