Sime Darby Plantation
RM 8 million
4 years (2008-2011)
Sime Darby’s “Plant A Tree” Programme – an initiative managed by the Plantation Division – is another example of YSD’s and Sime Darby Group’s commitment to the conservation of the environment and protection of ecosystems.
The main objective of the programme is to increase biodiversity values in Sime Darby’s plantations and to preserve the rare and endangered species of trees in Malaysia. This programme also seeks to enhance the natural habitats within Sime Darby’s care and increase the value of its land with these resources in years to come.
Currently being managed by Sime Darby Plantation’s RSPO unit, this programme is also in conformity with RSPO compliance guidelines in relation to Principle 5.2 – Management of HCV Habitats, whereby: “The status of rare, threatened or endangered species and high conservation value habitats, if any, that exist in the plantation or that could be affected by plantation or mill management, shall be identified and their conservation taken into account in management plans and operations.”
The programme has been under way since 2007, when Sime Draby engaged the services of its “Tree Man”, Mr. James Kingham, who for the past 10 years has taken on the laborious task of collecting and nurturing as many as indigenous species as possible to safeguard their survival and reintroduce them at various locations throughout Malaysia.
To date, Sime Darby as a Group has planted 215,562 trees in its estates and other areas. YSD, in support of the Group’s “Plant A Tree” Programme, contributed RM2 million for financial year 2009/2010.
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