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PROPERTY NEWS: Sime Darby Property is proud to announce the launching of Elmina Rainforest Knowledge Centre

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The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj, officially opened the 1.09-acre Elmina Rainforest Knowledge Centre (ERKC) in Sime Darby Property Bhd's City of Elmina township in Selangor on Monday (May 30).


Datuk Azmir Merican, managing director of Sime Darby Property Group, said in his address that the ERKC aspires to be a "portal to Malaysia's natural heritage."

"As an environmental research and conservation facility, the facility focuses on environmental education and conservation, research and development, promotion of eco-tourism and other green activities, as well as workshops and hands-on interactive classes for residents, students, and the general public to learn about tropical rainforests, wildlife, and tree planting," he added.

Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah, and Selangor state secretary Datuk Haris Kasim were also in attendance.

The ERKC is located adjacent to the 2,700-acre Bukit Cerakah Forest Reserve and within the township's 300-acre Elmina Central Park and is being developed in partnership with local non-profit NGO Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) since the signing of a memorandum of understanding in 2019.

The partnership includes the development of the Elmina Living Collection Nursery (ELCN), a 10-acre facility that serves as a genetic store for the production and conservation of native tree species, including those classified as endangered, rare, or threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

According to Azmir, the ERKC has managed to foster a total of 187 plant species since its launch in October 2020, including over 35,000 seeds sown and over 10,000 tree saplings stored in its holding space.

"In addition, the ERKC's seedlings are farmed out to other regions in Selangor for conservation initiatives, with approximately 1,000 trees grown in this facility planted near the Klang Gates Dam and along the Klang River."

The ERKC is unique in its conservation of endangered, unusual, and threatened tree species, according to Sime Darby Property deputy chief operating officer for township development Appollo Leong. "We're doing this because we had trouble identifying forest tree species when we first started planting." And we began this project so that we would have a steady supply of forest trees to plant in our townships.

"I'd want to point out that this center has been planned since the beginning, in 2012." During the press conference, he stated, "If you look at our initial masterplan, the knowledge center was already there."

The ERKC is unique in its conservation of endangered, unusual, and threatened tree species, according to Sime Darby Property deputy chief operating officer for township development Appollo Leong. "We're doing this because we had trouble identifying forest tree species when we first started planting." And we began this project so that we would have a steady supply of forest trees to plant in our townships.

"I'd want to point out that this center has been planned since the beginning, in 2012." During the press conference, he stated, "If you look at our initial masterplan, the knowledge center was already there."

"Before I close, it would be negligent of me not to express what we have learned from recent events," Azmir said in his closing remark. Never before has the world been able, if not forced, to take a step back from our daily routines and allow nature the breathing space it requires."

According to NASA, the 2020 lockdown resulted in a 17 percent reduction in global carbon emissions and a 20 percent reduction in nitrogen oxide levels. Animals were seen venturing into cities and villages all around the world as the waterways clear. Nature reestablished a healthy environment in the absence of humans. What is true is that, in the end, nature triumphs. The true threat is not to the planet's survival, but to humanity's survival. As a result, we must learn to deal with nature far more effectively than we have in the past," he stated.

"As a force for good, we hope that the ERKC will play a critical role in promoting working with nature and that it will one day become the nation's foremost knowledge center in conserving and preserving Malaysia's biodiversity, as well as a role model for international conservation efforts," he added.

Sime Darby Property has planted over 120,000 trees across its townships in an effort to help offset the effects of climate change, according to a news release. The corporation also vowed to plant 50,000 endangered trees red-listed by the IUCN by 2030, with more than 21,000 of these trees planted in its developments as of last year.


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