International Day of Forests: National Reforestation Initiatives Continue as MPOGCF Amplifies its Efforts in Green Conservation

MPOGCF is committed in its objective to encourage and support reforestation programmes in line with the Greening Malaysia Programme 2021-2025

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General Manager of MPOGCF, Zamakhshari Muhamad planting the Seraya tree, as part of the 1-Million Forest-Tree Planting Programme at Lower Kawag, Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserve, a 10-year project in collaboration with Sabah Forestry Department

The celebration of International Day of Forests was made more meaningful to the Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF) this year as it amplifies its green conservation efforts, in line with the national agenda through the Greening Malaysia Programme with the implementation of the 100-Million Tree Planting Campaign in 2021 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 Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), MPOGCF initiates, collaborates and supports environmental conservation initiatives as well as sustainable practices related to and within the Malaysian palm oil industry, in order to reflect the industry’s commitment to green conservation 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 Programme, one of our ongoing and high-volume programmes to date,” added Zamakhshari.

International Day of Forests: National Reforestation Initiatives Continue as MPOGCF Amplifies its Efforts in Green Conservation
General Manager of Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF), Zamakhshari Muhamad made a field inspection of the 1-Million Forest-Tree Planting Programme site at Lower Kawag, Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserve in Sabah, with its Conservation team accompanied by its project partner, Sabah Forestry Department, led by its Senior Assistant Chief Conservator of Forests, Indra Purwandita Herry Sunjoto

With RM 28 million estimated investment, the 1-Million Forest-Tree Planting Programme is a 10-year project in collaboration with Sabah Forestry Department. The programme focuses on planting and growing 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.

Among its many programmes, MPOGCF is also currently focused on another high-volume programme, the Reforestation of Ecological Linkage Central Forest Spine (CFS) in Kelantan, a collaboration with Kelantan State Forestry Department to convert and link fragmented forests in Peninsular Malaysia. With RM25 million estimated funding allocated by MPOGCF, the programme expects the planting of 625,000 seedlings within 1,000 hectares to take place in July.

For more information on MPOGCF’s reforestation initiatives as well as other conservation programs, visit www.mpogcf.org/our-projects.