BANDAR SERI BENGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/ANN) - In conjuction with Earth Day 2017, members of the Beach Bunch - a non-government organisation (NGO) with a vision to have better beaches for all, including coastal wildlife - with the support of the Forestry Department planted some 300 trees at the beaches of Berakas Forest Reserve.
Starting at 7am, the Beach Bunch members made their way around half a kilometre to the spot where the trees were planted to reduce and prevent erosion.
This was not the first time that the Beach Bunch has organised a tree-planting activity at the Berakas Forest Reserve; the NGO also had a similar programme last year.
According to the group’s treasurer Dinah Ali, “The annual event is hoped to instil awareness about the conservation of our forest in the mind of participants, and to help in reducing erosion on the beach.”
Meanwhile, Md Zukrina bin Haji Daimun, Junior Forestry Assistant of the Forest Community Unit under the Forestry Department, said, “Today, we are planting Ru Laut, Penaga Laut and Baru Baru trees to reduce erosion on our beach.”
He also expressed gratitude to the Beach Bunch for organising the tree-planting activity, which also raised awareness on the importance of preserving nature and trees on the beach.
Md Zukrina added, “We welcome this kind of initiative and hope that more organisations will join the cause in the future.”