Kuala Selangor, 10 July 2013 - RICOH Malaysia along with their customers and Ricoh staff joined forces to keep their mangrove promise very much alive. Working together with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), RICOH Malaysia is determined to make their mangrove rehabilitation programme, “Much About Mangroves”, a success.
“We are incredibly excited to make it back to Kuala Selangor Nature Park (KSNP) for the third visit to check on the progress of the saplings we planted last year. Living in a metropolitan city, it is so easy for us to neglect our mangrove forests. In light of our nation’s recent run in with the haze, our passion to spread the word on the importance of the mangrove forests and the role it plays in the environment has catapulted to a whole new level. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see the fruit of our labour from previous years and we look forward to continuing this tradition of keeping our mangrove forests in healthy shape,” said Peter Wee, Chief Operating Officer of RICOH Malaysia.
Following their first planting of saplings, the outcome is now visible such as the mangrove saplings have grown to an average of 30cm high. Though some saplings face difficulty during the growing progress, majority are in a healthy state and with the constant monitoring from the experts, the mangrove saplings are well taken care of.
Today, 500 mangrove saplings were freshly planted in a different site which is in a muddier ground but will certainly encourage the well growth of mangrove saplings. The next steps following today’s activity will be ensuring the mangrove saplings continue to grow and to provide a habitat for local wildlife such as water birds.
Commonly found along the West Coast, Peninsular Malaysia mangrove forests are estimated to be worth about RM5.5 billion in economic value. Not only do mangroves provide a stable ecosystem for local wildlife, it provides migratory birds with a safe resting haven during their trans-continental migrations. On top of contributing heavily to the Malaysian economy by providing resources and products such as charcoal, paper pulp, timber and seafood, mangrove forests protect the shorelines from tsunamis and act as a natural filter to water-borne pollutants, rendering it a safe spot frequented by local tourists.
“Excessive pollution and the relentless development along Malaysia’s coast lines have caused coastal mangroves to dwindle. Over 24 years, more than 14% of our mangrove forests have depleted. This is highly alarming as our mangrove forests are very rich in biodiversity – depleting mangrove forests will negatively impact our natural heritage and our economy in the long run, inevitably,” said Shah Redza, Executive Director of MNS. With an initial investment of RM200, 000 for this programme, RICOH Malaysia has found a business partner, customer education programme, as well as mangrove restoration plan with MNS. Planting mangrove tree saplings is the first of many initiatives set to improve the condition and understanding of the native mangrove reserves.
“At RICOH, we recognise the importance of sustainability and how it impacts us as a business. From the amazing partnership with MNS over the last couple of years, we understand that restoring any ecosystem is not an overnight job hence a long lasting relationship with MNS is what we aim for. We consistently work to harmonise our business plans with the environment around us and strive to help minimise the eco-footprint of our customers. Furthermore, we strive to contribute to environmental protection causes through our products and services. We take pride in knowing that when our customers use RICOH’s products and services, they also support the cause of sustaining a healthy environment for the future,” said Wee.