Kuala Selangor, 1 July 2014 - Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with Malaysia Nature Society (MNS), continued its efforts to restore and preserve the mangrove eco-system at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) for the fourth year running.
The “Much About Mangroves” programme initiated by the leader in total office solutions, Ricoh (Malaysia), is in line with the vision set by the Ricoh Group to conserve the global environment, focusing particularly on forest ecosystems with rich biodiversity.
Realising this vision, Ricoh (Malaysia) has been organising educational eco journeys for its employees and customers since the inaugural programme in 2011 by replanting mangrove saplings in selected areas within the park. This year, Ricoh (Malaysia) revealed a greater purpose to its programme – to provide a macroscopic view by educating its employees and customers on the bigger picture of the mangrove eco-system that contributes to building a sustainable society, which is achievable through striking a balance between three crucial elements: Planet (environment), People (society), and Profit (economic activities).
“For the last 3 years, Ricoh (Malaysia) in collaboration with Malaysia Nature Society, has contributed to planting 1,300 mangrove saplings in selected areas within KSNP through our ‘Much About Mangroves' programme. In line with the Ricoh Group Biodiversity Conservation Policy, our partnership with NGOs such as MNS, is part of a grand vision to create a sustainable society through promoting the protection of the precious global ecosystems and of the biodiversity of countries and regions where we conduct business.
Our environment, society and economy are all interdependent on one another. Mangrove forests do not only provide a stable ecosystem for local wildlife, it also provides migratory birds with a safe resting haven during their migration. This is why we decided that this year, we should do more to allow people to understand and see the bigger picture of the mangrove eco-system; how it impacts the lives and habitats of millions of flora and fauna as well as our economy,” said Mr. Ong Kian Seng, Total Quality Management Manager of Ricoh (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
This year, instead of planting mangrove saplings, 50 enthusiastic participants began their eco-journey with a visit to the mangrove rejuvenation sites to review the growth of the mangrove saplings that were planted by Ricoh volunteers in the last three years. Participants were also taken on an educational experience visiting a corn plantation and were then whisked away on a boat ride to visit an important bird area along the Kuala Selangor coast in order to best educate how Ricoh's efforts in mangrove replanting in the past, contributes to a greater role in spurring rich biodiversity and in sustaining the lives and habitats of a multitude of bird species along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, which stretches across the North Central Selangor Coast.
Recognised as one of the world's great flyways, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway passes through 22 countries with approximately 55 migratory species travelling along it, equating to about 5 million birds. It is regarded especially important for the millions of migratory waders or shorebirds that breed in north Asia and Alaska, and spend the non-breeding season in Southeast Asia and Australasia.
“Excessive pollution and the relentless development along Malaysia's coast lines have caused coastal mangroves to dwindle. More than 14% of our mangrove forests have depleted in the last 24 years. This is highly alarming as our mangrove forests are very rich in biodiversity and provide a tremendous amount of resources for the birds and animals that depend on it. Hence, we highly commend Ricoh's efforts in not only conserving but also educating its stakeholders on the importance and richness of our mangroves,” said Maichal Isthyben, Park Manager of Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
Visiting from Singapore, Ms. Wong Yee Thing, Assistant Manager of Ricoh Regional Environmental Management Group said that, “Recognising that our businesses depend on the global ecosystem and that biodiversity plays an indispensable role in its health, the Ricoh Group has engaged in various biodiversity conservation activities on a global scale. In fact, in conjunction with World Environment Day which falls on June 5, the month of June marks ‘Ricoh Global Eco Action Month' where all members and stakeholders of the Ricoh Group participate in a variety of planned environmental activities, sharing their common commitment to the environment and implementing Group-wide educational initiatives to enhance recognition for the importance of biodiversity among the people.”
Ricoh constantly works towards harmonising its business plans with the environment around us, and to minimize the eco-footprint of its customers. Ricoh takes pride in knowing that when customers use its products and services, they are also supporting the cause of sustaining a healthy environment for the future.