Sultan Ismail Petra Airport participates in mangrove restoration activity in Kelantan’s Delta Tumpat
A dynamic and highly productive ecosystem, mangrove forests thrive in saline soil and brackish water. Mangrove trees survive harsh conditions thanks to its tough root systems, special bark and leaf structures and other unique adaptations and are nature’s way of protecting shorelines from erosion through damaging storms and waves.
It also serves as a fantastic nursery for various species with its nutrient-rich water and provides refuge from larger predatory species. It’s also an important resource for coastal communities. Unfortunately, over 35% of the world’s mangroves are now gone and it will continue to be wiped out unless necessary steps are taken to remedy it.
On 24 October 2019, Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Kota Bharu (KBR) collaborated with the Conservation of Biodiversity Centre from the Kelantan Forestry Department to organise a CSR programme in a bid to plant mangrove trees at Delta Tumpat, Kelantan. The programme saw 22 volunteers from KBR and 20 students from SMK Sains Machang coming together to apply positive impact on the environment and make a difference.
The volunteers had to cross the river, followed by a difficult and tiring trek through thick mud to reach the designated planting area. Although the mud-trek had drained much of their energy, the volunteers remained resolute in their goal of adding about 300 new mangrove saplings to the selected zone.
The commendable endeavour certainly piqued their interest in the conservation of mangrove forest and its importance, and would contribute to the wellbeing of the coastal communities and its surrounding environment; most importantly, it will provide a healthy and safe habitat for all the species in the ecosystem.