We are supporting a programme by Global Environment Centre to protect and preserve mangrove forests with local communities in Sungai Johor, Malaysia.
Global Environment Centre is known for its pioneering biodiversity conservation work on rivers, mangroves, peat swamps and hill forests in Malaysia.
Established in 1998 as a non-profit organisation, Global Environment Centre promotes the protection, restoration and sustainable use of natural resources through partnership working and community involvement.
Over the years, Global Environment Centre has introduced innovative programmes that involve and educate local communities on environmental issues and stewardship. By focusing on an ecological approach and long-term sustainability, these programmes are helping communities in rural areas to understand why and how they can be part of the solution.
Protecting the coastal ecosystems
Mangrove forests are important to coastal ecosystems as they provide habitats for a variety of flora and fauna and are essential breeding grounds for aquatic and marine life.
They also serve as natural barriers that protect coastlines from erosion, strong winds and high tides, and absorb excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
For local communities, mangrove forests provide valuable natural resources such as food, fuel and medicinal herbs, and are therefore a vital source of their livelihoods.
Helping the local economy and the environment
Since 2018, we have been supporting Global Environment Centre’s programme to promote mangrove conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the estuary of Sungai Johor, Malaysia, a river where four forest reserves are located.
So far, the mangrove conservation programme has completed these community-based initiatives:
- an education and awareness programme that reached more than 500 people, including students, teachers and officers from the education and forestry departments
- a tree-planting programme to rehabilitate degraded mangrove forests, where 2,500 mangrove trees have been replanted by more than 600 volunteers from local communities, schools and agencies
- training for 60 people from surrounding villages on their role in caring for the environment so that it can continue to provide them with natural resources for their livelihoods
- a mangrove assessment fieldwork and report on the Belungkor forest reserve and Tanjung Surat areas