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Fragile ecosystem in danger
Mangrove forests are one of the primary coastal ecosystems in the tropical and subtropical region of the world. Their rich biological diversity has made them traditional food resources, firewood, charcoal, timber and other minor products to the local communities.

In recent years, the pressures of increasing population, and the resulting expansion of agricultural land, industrial and urban development, have caused a significant proportion of the world's mangrove resource to be destroyed. In addition, significant areas of mangrove swamps in Indonesia and other regions of Southeast Asia have been developed to create ponds for commercial production of fish and shrimps.

Based on the UN Food & Agricultural Organisation assessment report (1980-2005) recently released, about 20% of the global mangrove forests have disappeared due to changing land use. In Asia, 1.9 million hectares were destroyed since 1980 because of indiscriminate land clearing for aquaculture industry, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism, on top of pollution and natural disasters. Malaysia is cited as one of five countries to have increased its mangrove clearing and lost the most mangrove areas since 1990.

The Mangrove Forests of Kuala Selangor is the first Deep Green NOW project and considered to be the first of its kind for Malaysia, if not in the region. It's dedicated to promote the study, appreciation and conservation of these forests through the local communities with vested interests.

It is located in the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Selangor, and currently being run by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in collaboration with the Selangor State Government and the Forestry Department of Peninsula Malaysia.

The Silvered Leaf Monkey is usually found in small troops led by a dominant male.
Together with MNS, DiGi has planned the following activities in three
Engage Stage
Students and DiGi volunteers will be guided by the subject experts (MNS) on field trips to conduct reforestation and rehabilitation of the sensitive ecology of the mangroves along Kuala Selangor. This covers tree-planting; soil and water quality monitoring; and mapping and surveying the biodiversity indicators of the wildlife and flora
Activate Stage
Initial reports of the field trip findings will be generated to build awareness in schools, within targeted communities and relevant authority bodies. The students will help to develop communication toolkits that highlight the key driving factors behind the depleting mangrove forests and the impact on the livelihood of local industries.
Empower Stage
Student leader mentoring programmes will be put in place by establishing Environmental Clubs in the participating schools, sponsored by DiGi. The students will be empowered to approach local authorities to share their findings and hopefully, established a more sustainable solution to conserve and protect the mangrove forests.
To know more about it, read the
  • Fact Sheet
  • Press Release
  • Launch Event article, 10 Oct 2008
  • Students' Pledge for The Mangrove Treasures of Kuala