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APEC CEO Summit 2020 - Forest Restoration

Updated: Dec 20, 2019

A systematic and collaborative way to capturing the carbon emission and reversing the negative impact of deforestation in Malaysia


It is scientifically found that beside reducing consumption, tree planting is the single best way to capture the carbon emission. The world’s forests have been responsible for half of carbon-capture. Since 1750, deforestation activity has been responsible for one-third of carbon emission.


Malaysia rainforest covers over 20-million-hectare area which is about two thirds (60%) of its land mass. It is one of the oldest forests in the world which is the habitat of the world’s tallest tree (Dipteropcarp) and the world’s largest flower (Rafflesia). It is the home of 2,000 tree species and is one of the most biodiverse area in the world.


Together with our local research and forest conservation partner, TRCRC (Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre), we are taking a leap forward in restoring Malaysia’s rich forests. TRCRC is an independent organization based in Malaysia led by young PhD graduate specializing in Forest Restoration. Their work is covered by respected international science publishers the likes of Science magazine and Journal of Botanic Gardens Conservative International.


Our undertaking will cover the forest restoration in government-gazetted area of Banun, Perak, with an area of 500 hectare. There is already restoration effort underway by TRCRC since 2014. We are poised to accelerate the project. The restoration begins with identification and cataloguing of mother trees to collect the seeds during fruiting season, the seeds will be transported to nursery for transplant and germination, all the baby trees (saplings) grown are hardened under special care until they are ready, once the saplings are at 2meter height (which takes 2-3 years), they are transported to gazetted area for planting and monitored to ensure survivability. TRCRC project not only gives life to the forest but also create employment to the local natives, thus enriching their lives.


APEC CEO Summit 2020 will provide forest restoration accessibility to the public via volunteer workshops and crowd-funding via tree planting pledge. We will also generate funding from corporate sponsors and APEC CEO Summit 2020’s delegates via gift-to-forest restoration conversion.


Look out for more information on our website and social media channels for updates and how you can contribute and participate in our programme.

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