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Title: Penang plans to safeguard mangrove swamps
Date: 24 October 2011
Source/Author: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2011/10/24/north/9758264&sec=North
Category: Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN: The Penang Government plans to declare 664ha of mangrove forests as permanent forest reserve. State executive councillor Phee Boon Poh said the state’s target was to declare at least 800ha of land as forest reserve to protect the mangroves in the state. “We hope to use the State Forestry Department to achieve this end,” Phee, who is Penang Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman, said after officiating at the state-level national tree planting awareness programme at Teluk Bahang here. About 250 people planted 300 casuarina trees along the Teluk Bahang coast during the event. Spotted among the green enthusiasts were gardener Hasrol Ismail and student Syahidah Zainol. Hasrol, 32, came together with his family to participate in the meaningful event. “I decided to expose my family to this event to encourage them to do their part for Mother Earth by planting the casuarina tree,” he said. Syahidah, 15, who has always been interested in the environment, said she volunteered to join the occasion. “I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the programme when informed by my school teacher,” said SMK Abdullah Munshi student.
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