KUALA LUMPUR: In line with Lagenda Properties’ development principles that place sustainability at its core, the township developer has partnered with environmental non-governmental organisation Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam (Kuasa) to restore the mangrove forest along Changkat Keruing Riverbank Park in Perak.
Working together with the local community, Lagenda Properties 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. But 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 ecosystem, Lagenda Properties has invested in planting Rhizophora apiculata and Bruguiera cylindrica in Sg Keruing mangrove forest. These two species 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 is 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,” said Lagenda Properties director Mohamad Ali Ariffin.
In line with the 100 Million Tree-Planting Campaign 2021-2025, Lagenda Properties 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 Properties planted over 18,000 plants, 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 Properties, 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 Properties only permits land conversion from the non-primary forest and unproductive land,” added Lagenda Properties managing director Datuk Jimmy Doh.
Lagenda Properties believes that conserving and improving environmental ecosystems will provide infinite value to society and the country’s biodiversity and food resources.