Malaysia ‘Merdeka’ - Aramco and GEC collaborate to plant 500 mangrove trees with support from local communities

In the spirit of the Malaysia National ‘Merdeka’ month and as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, Aramco Malaysia, and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) organized a mangrove planting program. The initiative was made possible with the support and volunteer participation of Aramco, PRefChem, GEC, Friends of Tanjung Surat Island Mangrove (SHBPTS), and local communities.

The mangrove planting program, which took place on 5th August 2023, aimed to promote the importance of environmental conservation, and contribute to the greening campaign initiated by the Ministry of National Resources, Environment, and Climate Change (NRECC); to plant 100 million trees across the country by 2025. The event highlighted the organizations' dedication to nurturing the environment.

A total of 60 volunteers came together to plant 500 mangrove trees at Tanjung Surat Island degraded area. These efforts demonstrated the significance of community engagement and giving back to nature to foster sustainable ecosystems. This initiative marks another significant step towards achieving Aramco's environmental goals. Since 2022, a total of 4,500 trees have been planted in Tanjung Surat Island, Pengerang, as part of this program. The target is to plant 9,000 trees by 2024, with a vision to create a thriving ecosystem in symbiosis with the local community.

Engaging with local communities not only promotes environmental awareness, but also provides an opportunity for individuals to actively contribute to the restoration of their surroundings. Aramco, in collaboration with GEC is proud to have enabled the communities for this noble cause.

"The mangrove planting program serves as a testament to our commitment to environmental stewardship which is deeply integral to our approach. By involving local communities, we create a sense of ownership among citizens, fostering a deep connection between our people and the ecosystems in which they reside," said Ayman M. Hoho, Managing Director of Aramco Malaysia.