Mangrove Conservation: Why It Matters
Sustainable Mangrove Management, A Medium to Protect the Ecosystem
Langkawi is home to one of the riches mangrove communities in Malaysia. Due to rising coastal development and other factors, the mangrove ecosystem in Langkawi is becoming increasingly threatened.
Mangroves are home and feeding grounds for thousands of unique fauna – from fish and mollusks to various types of reptiles, birds, mammals, and fish. The mangrove ecosystem in Langkawi plays an essential role in the local community in supporting the coastal economy by providing valuable fishery resources, helping mitigate climate change, and more. Despite their significance, mangrove ecosystems in Langkawi are under threat for various reasons, including rapid industrial and housing developments, reclamation of land for economic exploration, widespread waste pollution, and many more. The failure in preserving the mangrove ecosystems will invite risks of devastating natural disasters and affect the survival of coastal communities.
Mangrove Conservation: The Experience
Mangrove Forests: Preserve-Protect-Plant
The St. Regis Langkawi has joined hands with NAAM, a local organization to raise awareness of the protection and propagation of mangrove forests on the island through a mangrove conservation program.
Led by a naturalist, luminaries will have the opportunity to engage on an educational journey into the mangrove forests by a boat and experience an abundance of exotic plants and animal species that make up this special ecosystem around Langkawi. The naturalist will conduct educational demonstration on the rehabilitation and sustainable management of coastal and mangrove wetlands along the way. Highlighting the main focus of the journey, luminaries will get hands-on with the planting of mangrove seed while provided with gear and equipment for this session. A certification of participation and a memento depicting the activity will be given to luminaries.
Mangrove Conservation: The Impact
Protecting the Ecosystems with Mangrove Rehabilitation and Restoration
The mangrove conservation program offers Luminaries the need to care for and protect the mangroves while planting mangrove seeds provides key support to the local coastal communities.
Luminaries will gain newfound knowledge about the importance of the mangrove ecosystem in an engaging and interactive way.
The planting of new mangrove seeds will not only reduce shoreline erosion but will also protect the coastal communities against flooding, high wind, and strong waves. The growth of the mangrove forests will improve the wildlife habitat and improve the bio-diversified ecosystems in the surrounding areas.
This program is designed to educate the communities on the importance of mangrove ecosystems and at same time, raise the awareness of sustainable environmental practices that will benefit the mangrove forests as well as the local communities’ livelihoods.