KUALA LUMPUR – In line with Lagenda’s township development principles that places sustainability at its core, the affordable housing and integrated township developer has recently partnered with an environmental NGO, Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (KUASA) to assist in restoring the Mangrove Forest along Changkat Keruing Riverbank Park in Perak.
Working together with the local community, Lagenda recently planted 1,000 mangrove trees to counter the damage caused by aquaculture fishing and deforestation over the years.
Mangrove forests are one of the most productive and bio-diverse wetland environments on earth producing 10 times the oxygen compared to tropical forests. Sadly, these unique coastal tropical forest environments are among the most threatened habitats. Apart from providing critical habitation for diverse marine and terrestrial flora and fauna, this ecosystem also reduces vulnerability to natural disasters and extreme climatic events and is a natural coastal defence system, especially for communities living around the area.
To ensure a healthy and thriving and ecosystem, Lagenda has invested in planting Rhizophora apiculata and Bruguiera cylindrica in Sg. Keruing mangrove forest, two species that are local to the area and known to be a good source of natural antioxidants for medicinal uses.
“The value of the mangrove forests in providing economic, social, and environmental benefits to the locals are extremely important. As a company that greatly prioritises sustainability and communities, we wanted to play our part in ensuring that afforestation efforts were quickly underway. We believe that volunteering on environmental conservation is a powerful way to become part of the solution as protecting our natural environment is key to the survival of fragile ecosystems, wildlife, and humankind,” commented Mohamad Ali bin Ariffin, a Director of Lagenda, who was also present at the mangrove replanting exercise.
In-line with the 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign 2021-2025, Lagenda is doing its part to ensure the success of the Greening Malaysia agenda. At its Bandar Baru Setia Awan Perdana development in Sitiawan, Perak, Lagenda planted over 18,000 plant life, some of which were Hopea odorata and Agathis borneensis, being vulnerable and endangered species respectively.
The company’s consistent aim is not limited to just improving biodiversity but maintaining natural environments that generate healthy and efficient ecosystems within its townships.
“At Lagenda, sustainable development is a way of creating homes and spaces that meet all the needs of our homeowners, while not compromising on the environment and the needs of future generations. Therefore, we carefully select land that requires minimal intervention of its environmental profile. This involves the assessment of long-term land productivity where
Lagenda only permits land conversion from the non-primary forest and unproductive land,” added Dato’ Jimmy Doh, Managing Director of Lagenda Properties.
Lagenda believes that conserving and improving environmental ecosystems will provide infinite value to society and the country’s biodiversity and food resources.
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