Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Sabah mangrove rehabilitation supported by Japan NGO

SANDAKAN: The International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (ISME), led by its executive director Professor Shigeyuki Baba, with a staff and five students from Chiba University of Japan, visited Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) from August 25 to 29.

The purpose of their visit was to enhance their collaboration and cooperation with SFD on mangrove rehabilitation, as well as to promote awareness on the importance of mangroves to the younger generation.

Sabah Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan met the entourage at its headquarters in Sandakan on August 26.

He was very impressed with the profound continuing support from ISME on mangrove rehabilitation in Sabah.

During this courtesy visit, the Chiba University undergraduates presented a contribution of RM3,200 to the department for mangrove rehabilitation activities.

It is interesting to note that the students came on their own expenses to show their commitment on mangrove planting activities.

Sam also expressed his appreciation to ISME for its great hospitality during the department’s recent official visit to Okinawa in late July for the 10th Project Steering Committee meeting.

On the same occasion, the delegation from SFD met with the president of University of Ryukyus and with the corporate social responsibility manager of Tokio Marine in Tokyo.

ISME is a non-profit and non-governmental scientific society established in 1990, with its headquarters based in Okinawa, Japan.

With its membership of 40 institutions from 93 countries, ISME is world renowned for mangrove rehabilitation and promotes research and training on mangrove ecosystems.