SASET plants 25,000 trees to revive Ramsar Bera site
Last Update: 12/02/2019
BERA, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- Encroachments into 35 hectares of Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) in this district several years ago to plant rubber trees had affected efforts to preserve the site.
However, a non-governmental organisation??????, the Sultan Ahmad Shah Enviromental Trust (SASET), which had previously been carrying out preservation efforts here returned today to replant several sapling species in the affected areas.
SASET chairman Tengku Arif Temenggong Pahang Tengku Abdul Fahd Mu'adzam Shah said the four-day programme which began on Feb 9 had set a target of 25,000 saplings to be planted.
"We plan to replant 25,000 trees in stages and will return to this area after six months to look at the condition of the trees and hopefully see positive results with 80 per cent success, “ he told reporters here today.
Tengku Fahd said 400 volunteers and students from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA) and the Kuantan Rangers Futsal team were involved in the programme.
He added that the forest conservation programme also had the cooperation of Felda Global Ventures (FGV), the Bera Land and District Office as well as the Pahang State Forestry Department.
Also present were the state Basic Amenities, Delivery System and Innovations Committee chairman Datuk Seri Norol Azali Sulaiman, and Kemayan state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Fadil Osman.
Meanwhile, Pahang Forestry Department deputy director (development) Datuk Samsu Anuar Nawi said the areas affected by illegal land clearing would take between five and 10 years to recover.