Photo - Fujitsu Malaysia team members (from left) Zuliyana binti Zakaria; Saravana Kumar A/L Paramasivam; Michele Lum (Marketing Director of Fujitsu Malaysia); and R.Jeeva Raman A/L K.Raman.
Japanese IT solutions firm Fujitsu's corporate social responsibility programme included the planting of 1000 nursery trees at Malaysia Eco-Forest Park.
Fujitsu Malaysia marketing director Michele Lum said the company started its Fujitsu Tropical Rainforest Regeneration (FTRR) project 10 years ago as part of its commitment to biodiversity and environment preservation. "The FTRR project is a voluntary activity to revitalise 150 hectares of Fujitsu's Malaysia Eco-Forest Park located at Kinarut, Sabah on the Borneo Island, with the assistance of Sabah Forestry Development Authority ('SAFODA') and the Japan International Forestry Promotion and Corporation Center ('JIFC')."
Lum said Malaysian forests have been decimated by slash-burn agriculture, commercial deforestation and palm-oil plantations, therefore restoring the forest has become an urgent concern. "SAFODA has been trying to recover the original forest with the support of JIFC for the development of tree-planting technologies and the training of technicians."
"To be exact, the Fujitsu FTRR project advocates the growth of a specific indigenous rainforest species known as the 'Dipterocarp' - which is a slow-grow tree species and is decreasing drastically due to the large cut down volume for the manufacture of lauan plywood for export purposes," she said, adding that it is very difficult for the forest to regenerate by itself.
Lum said that this year alone, Fujitsu planted 1,000 Dipterocarp nurseries in an event that saw 163 individuals - from Fujitsu Group, SAFODA, University Sabah Malaysia, Embassy of Japan Malaysia and Kinabalu Japanese School, taking part in the tree planting project held from 23 November to 2 December 2012.
"The survival rate of nursery trees we planted is 48 percent as of June 2012. Our continuous effort can increase the survival rate by planting new seedings in the areas where trees have died," she said. "Fujitsu has planted a total of 37,500 Dipterocarp nurseries and maintains them with the operating fund gathered via the donation from more than 10,000 Fujitsu Group's employees."
"Moving towards achieving our vision of a Human Centric Intelligent Society, Fujitsu is stepping up its support to establish a green ecosystem network in local communities, and take initiatives to realise a greener future," Lum said.
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