Every year, on the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem we recognise the world’s mangroves which play many essential roles. These distinctive wetlands harbour rich biodiversity, nurture fisheries resources, and help safeguard local livelihoods. Mangroves sequester carbon and have a critical role to play as nature-based solutions to climate change.
In addition to promoting awareness of the need to protect all remaining mangrove forest in Malaysia, The Habitat Foundation is contributing to community-based mangrove restoration in both Penang and Pahang. If you would like to expand these efforts you can contribute to The Habitat Restoration Fund. All contributions received will go towards the purchase of saplings to be planted by local community and volunteer groups.
In Penang, members of the Penang Inshore Fishermen’s Welfare Association (PIFWA) have nurtured and planted more than 347,750 mangrove seedlings since 1997. As a result of their active protection, the mangroves in Nibong Tebal are thriving.
Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Pahang is also another committed NGO involved in mangrove restoration along the coast of Pahang. By engaging young people and community members in these activities, they also help raise awareness about the importance of mangroves and caring for the environment.
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