SIO 7 – Development, Climate & Resiliency Sustainable Activities

JANUARY 2019

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Green Activity:
Socio-education University Lab for Orang Asli

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Date:
23 January 2019

Place/Venue:
Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Layau, Kota Tinggi.

Participants:
More than 100 Orang Asli people involving the Kuala and Seletar tribes, UTHM Malaysian Student Training Group Scouts, Orang Asli Development Department (JAKOA), Johor Dessu Organization, Felcra, Precious Machines Research Center (PREMACH) Group of Investigators (ADDMAN) and Felcra Dynamic Woman Association (WADIRA) Sungai Layau.

Description:
A program sponsorship with a fund sponsored by Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA), through Iskandar’s grant Malaysia Empowerment Youth in efforts to introduce center knowledge to “Orang Asli” and giving the motivation to succeed. This program also included society’s socio-economic development through a fertigation chili project with a solar technology system, village community also has given guidance related to crop husbandry, technology, and marketing. Socio-education University Lab for Orang Asli involves several modules in self-development, technology, engineering, and the environment.

As a result, the people of the community have been motivated to succeed through a talk by the iconic Aboriginal icon. Also included, recreational activities conceptualize technology in a university setting to give participants the opportunity to experience the real world of university. As we know, the Orang Asli community is still somewhat behind and requires encouragement as a catalyst for public awareness. In the formation of a harmonious plural society, the value of togetherness needs to be enhanced without ignoring the low-income groups and special societies such as the Orang Asli and local communities The public involvement with the university could raise and tied the relationships which can sustain the most favorable situation.


FEBRUARY 2019

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Green Activity:
Program Libat Urus Menteri Pendidikan

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Date:
9 February 2019 until 10 February 2019

Place/Venue:
Labu Jaya, Negeri Sembilan

Participants:
A group of Vice-Chancellor from government universities of Malaysia

Description:
Prof Ts. Dr. Wahid bin Razzaly, UTHM Vice-Chancellor participated in the Program of Excellence with the Ministry of Education Joint Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice-Chancellor of the Public University: Public University Public Access Year 2019. The two-day program took place at the Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT). In the Minister of Education, Malaysia, YB Dr. Maszlee Malik recommended the importance of both IPTA and IPTS to work together to create a better educational environment. “Future trips, we need to work together and work together in a family, create cooperation,” he said. YB Dr. Maszlee is confident that if both the private and public sectors work together, the country can contribute to “better results.”

The program was attended by the Board of Directors and Vice-Chancellor of the Public University. Also present were Secretary-General of the Ministry of Education (MOE), YBhg Dato’ Dr. Mohd Gazali Abas and Director-General of Higher Education, YBhg Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir. KPM Deputy Secretary-General (Strategic), YBhg Dato ‘Kamel Mohamad; Deputy Secretary-General (Development), YBhg Dato ‘Azizan Mohamad Sidin and Deputy Secretary-General (Management), YBrs Mohamad Azhan Md Amir are also present.


S70219/02
Green Activity:
Imagine Cup Asia 2019 Innovation Highlight

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Date:
17 February 2019

Place/Venue:
Sydney ICC Centre, Australia.

Participants:
Students from the Faculty of Electric and Electronic (FKEE) and the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FSKTM), UTHM

Description:
Smart Urban Farming with Automated Environmental Controlled System (SUFECS) was developed to make urban farming easier and more accessible to both entrepreneurs and the common people. The SUFECS team was formed by four students from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) consist of Team leader & Data Scientist (Seah Choon Sen), Technology Developer (Tan Wei Yang), Operations (Mek Zi Cong), Web Developer (Muhammad Adam bin Mazlan). Throughout the competition, the team had achieved the People’s Choice Award which was held in Sydney ICC Centre, Australia.


S70219/03
Green Activity:
WWF Meeting with KANZU

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Date:
28 February 2019

Place/Venue:
KANZU Office

Participants:
WWF Committees and KANZU Founder

Description:
A meeting involving WWF Malaysia was regarding the ongoing project of Tiny Forest in UTHM. Briefing on the project was given to the WWF volunteers before they were taken for a site view.


MARCH 2019
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Green Activity:
Tiny Forest Project (3rd Cycle)

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Date:
6 March 2019

Place/Venue:
Hutan Kg. Gajah, Kahang and Kg Gajah Nursery, Kluang.

Participants:
Planeteers Club volunteers, Development and Maintenance Office Staff (P3P), Sustainable Campus Unit (SCU) and Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ) staffs.

Description:
27 students and 11 staff from Johor State Forestry Department voluntarily joined the third series for the taking of tree saplings and being care for by the nursery of Johor State Forestry Department. They went to Kg. Gajah Forest and the volunteers were divided into five groups and started to do the activities after been briefed about the right techniques taking the tree saplings. With the provided equipment for taking the tree saplings, they started the activity. A briefing by Sir Azamuddin bin Kassan, the forest ranger from JPNJ helps the volunteers to apply the best techniques to take the sustained tree saplings.

The participants then started digging the soil around a tree using the hoes, diggers, shovels. 10 tree saplings succeeded taken by them with different species. There were bintangor, gerutu-gerutu, balau, meranti rambai daun, pokok rambai, rambutan pacat, kulit kayu manis, melinjau, and keladan. They will plant the tree saplings in UTHM site project when they have scheduled the date later on. This ongoing activity is to realize the initiatives by Sustainable Campus Unit (SCU) towards a broad area with full of forest tree species in the main campus of UTHM. This activity was aimed to foster love with the environment along with the green elements. Nevertheless, this activity also helped to strengthen the relationship between staffs from PPP, SCU, JPNJ and the students.


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Green Activity:
A Collaboration Between Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) for Collecting of Flora and Fauna

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Date:
7 March 2019 until 10 March 2019

Place/Venue:
Johor National Park Endau Rompin

Participants:
Students and lecturers from UTHM and UTM

Description: A collaboration between Research Center for the Conservation and Use of Natural Resources (CoR-SUNR) Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for collecting and recording the specimens of flora and fauna in Johor Natural Park Endau Rompin (TNJER). The research activity is to make the MyDNAmark project: Nation-wide Genomic Sequencing Project for Malaysian Species involving 13 researchers and coordinated by Ts. Dr. Kamarul Rahim Kamarudin, a lecturer at the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST) and head of research for Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, CoR-SUNR.After collecting and recording specimens of this flora and fauna, the UTM represented by the Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Science, Dr. Faezah Mohd Salleh coordinates the process of tissue-taking from accumulated specimens for DNA analysis purposes.

The results of the DNA analysis are very important in establishing an informative database to be the reference genomic DNA of various species of flora and fauna found in Malaysia. Besides, related mobile applications are being developed to assist in the implementation of the National Biodiversity Policy (DKBK) 2016-2025. According to Dr. Kamarul Rahim, although this fieldwork has ended, the collaboration between CoR-SUR UTHM and UTM Skudai is still in progress until the stated objectives are achieved.” The CoR-SUR UTHM hopes such cooperation will continue in the years to come and will be one of the efforts to further strengthen the existing good relations between UTHM and UTM,” he said.


APRIL 2019
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Green Activity:
Launching Ceremony of Kuala Langat Pineapple Hub Development Program

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Date:
20 April 2019

Place/Venue:
Balai MPKK, Batu 10 Kebun Baharu, Selangor

Participants:
Few farmers from Kuala Langat, UPM and UTHM Vice-Chancellor and several UTHM researchers.

Description:
An Official Launching Ceremony for Pineapple Hub was officiated by YB Dr. Xavier Jayakumar a / l Arulanandam, Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources on 20 April 2019. This program is a pilot project that potentially increases the income of farmers and locals through the sale of fruits and other downstream products based on that tropical fruit. According to Kuala Langat Member of Parliament, Dr. A Xavier Jayakumar, the program, which started with the cooperation of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), allows residents to not only sell the fruit but they are also taught on how to produce other materials by using agricultural waste such as leaves and pineapple stems. He said that when he first came to this district last year before contesting as Member of Parliament, he saw that there were already farmers working on pineapple but the organizations involved in the company at the community level were messy.

As such, he urged the state government to jointly increase the income of the villagers through pineapple farming in the area. According to him, there is already a pineapple product that penetrates the market and now the price of pineapple outside can be said to be high. According to him, this industry can be developed if there is an overall program that can be followed by residents in the area, in collaboration with UPM and UTHM when officiating the Kuala Langat Pineapple Development Program at the New Garden. The Opening Ceremony was attended by UPM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris and UTHM Vice-Chancellor, Prof Dr. Wahid Razzaly and several UTHM researchers. Dr. Xavier, who is also Water and Natural Resources Minister, said he realized that without fund injection, it was difficult to carry out the project, so he would work with all the agencies to start the project as a pilot project. He said it included bringing investors from outside to start a small-scale project to ensure stockpiles were available to allow downstream pineapple products to continue.

The income of local residents has the potential to be increased if the pineapple hub results are diversified beyond the sale. Dr. Xavier said the collaboration and affiliation of all government agencies, especially those involving research and development (R & D) or new research studies were needed in challenging times. He said that once the pineapple was only eaten, nowadays many products could be produced using pineapple leaves as basic materials such as paper, handicrafts and other by-products. Meanwhile, Dr. Xavier said he planned to set up a cooperative in the area to help the pineapple planters to make the industry successful. He said the pilot project needed an estimated budget of RM50,000 and currently, he has received a small injection of funds through UPM.

The collaboration project between locals, UPM and UTHM, there were three villages namely Kampung Batu 9, Batu 10 and Jenjarom involved in planting and production of pineapple-based materials, with the introduction of machines, the results of both the public universities remove pineapple fiber from pineapple leaves. The pineapple fibers are then used to produce paper, handicrafts, animal feedstuffs and composite materials for high technology biotechnology applications for the automotive and aerospace industry including building a drone frame with the cooperation of Malaysia Unmanned Drone Activist Society (MUDAS).


S70419/02
Green Activity:
Tiny Forest (4th Cycle)

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Date:
23 April 2019

Place/Venue:
Hutan Lipur Gunung Berlumut, Kluang, Johor.

Participants:
Forest Ranger from Segamat, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students and lecturers from the Faculty of Technology Management and Business (FPTP) and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Environment (FKAAS), and staff from Sustainable Campus Unit (SCU).

Description:
There were 27 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 6 lecturers, 3 staffs from Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM) join this activity called Tiny Forest (4th Cycle) was held in Hutan Lipur Gunung Berlumut in Kluang. The objective of this activity is to make a tiny forest near the library of UTHM. The participants arrived in Kluang at 9 am and given a brief from the forest ranger on how to pick the suitable tree for this activity. They were divided into 4 groups and start to do stretching exercise to keep our energy maintained. The forest ranger gave few guidelines to each group on steps that they should do throughout the whole process. They started the activity at 9.40 am by digging the surrounding plant in a round shape. They keep digging until 7 feet deep.

After that, the students will sew the guns to cover and keep the shape of the plant. By noon, once they had removed the plant from the ground, the students carried the plants, one by one to the provided lorry. This process took a while due to the heaviness of the plants. Throughout the whole process, the students had 7 plants altogether. Once the plants put in the lorry, they had lunch there before heading back to the UTHM campus. By 6 pm, the students arrived in a plant nursery in UTHM to put the plants there. Throughout the activity, the students were very satisfied and proud of their achievements and they hope that the plants that they picked will keep alive and grow big to make this activity more success. The forest ranger himself was very proud of the students because the students followed his instructions carefully and accordingly. The students also understand the process of removing the plants.


S70419/03
Green Activity:
Collaboration between UTHM and Ningbo TVET Centre

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Date:
27 April 2019

Place/Venue:
Ningbo Polytechnic, China

Participants:
UTHM Vice-Chancellor and his team and a few representatives from Ningbo TVET Centre

Description:
On 27th April 2019, a collaboration has been made between Universiti Tun Hussien Onn Malaysia (UTHM) and Ningbo TVET Centre in Ningbo Polytechnic, China. UTHM continues to build a collaborative network of the international higher education institution to build partnerships to design strategic actions and plans among institution involved. The establishment of UTHM-Ningbo TVET Centre is the first in Asia region and will be the gateway to other institutions for both countries, especially in the field of TVET to collaborate in the future. In addition, this TVET Centre has good potential to become a TVET institution in Malaysia to attract international students, especially from China to further their studies in various fields in UTHM, including the Faculty of Technology Engineering (FTK) and the Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education (FPTV).


S70419/04
Green Activity:
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Glenville State College (GSC) and the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST)

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Date:
22 April 2019 until 26 April 2019

Place/Venue:
Glenville State College (GSC), West Virginia, USA

Participants:
A representative from FAST UTHM and Glenville State College (GSC), West Virginia, United States of America

Description:
The Faculty of Applied Science and Technology (FAST), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Glenville State College (GSC), West Virginia, the USA on April 26 to collaborate in academia and research for mutual benefits.

At the brief ceremony, UTHM was represented by Head of Department of Technology and Natural Resources, FAST, Associate Professor. Dr. Alona Cuevas Linatoc when she attended a five-day working visit at GSC from April 22 to 26. Cooperation between UTHM and GSC began in September 2016 when students began registering the Global Biodiversity and Environmental Change (BWJ30503) UTHM and Ecological Forest (NRMT 2010) GSC. The students are required to complete a full-time online semester through Online International Learning (COIL) organized by GSC. UTHM and GSC students are required to complete 11 online learning modules under the supervision of Dr. Rico M. Gazal from the college and followed by another COIL class in the second semester of 2016/2017. Under the MoU involving the five years, students and staff mobility between UTHM and GSC will also be implemented according to plans while online learning through the COIL class will continue on Semester 1 2019/2020, September 2019.

She also had the opportunity to present four talks involving the title “Forest Management in Malaysia,” “Capacity of Tropical Plants Carbon Absorption,” “Maintaining Biological Diversity and Conservation in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” and “Conservation in the Era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, “and” The Transition of Ecosystemology on Land-Consumption Change from Forest to Monotropic Plantation-Impact of Volatile Organic Emissions in Atmospheric Chemistry – Case Study in Southeast Asia.

She also followed several activities organized by GSC such as dendrology walk which identifies the trees in moderate forests, cutting trees under the Forest Technology Program, set fire (medium forest) and visiting the dam while assisting the locals. She was also appointed as a jury during the Pioneer Showcase program, the annual symposium organized by GSC, aimed at presenting students’ research and project outcomes.


SEPTEMBER 2019
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Green Activity:
Launching Event Of Earth Day@UTHM 2019
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Date:
19 September 2019

Place/Venue:
Banquet Hall, Level 5, Tunku Tun Aminah Library, UTHM

Participants:
Prof. Datuk Ts. Wahid bin Razzaly, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Datuk Haji Jeffri Bin Abd. Rasid (Director of Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ)), Encik Mohd Zain Bin Arris (Johor Regional Manager SWM Environment), Profesor Madya Dr. Noor Yasmin Binti Zainun (Director of SWIDWEB Solutions, Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Binti Sulaiman (Director of Sustainable Campus Office,  and Senior University Officer), Prof. Ir. Dr. Md Saidin bin Wahab (Pusat Kemajuan Kerjaya dan Alumni) Planeteers Club, SIO Members.

Description:
The opening ceremony of Earth Day@UTHM 2019 is the launch event of the Tiny Forest, UTHM-Coca Cola Recycling Centre and Earth Hour (Straw-Free UTHM Campaign and Bring Your Bottle (BYOB 2.0) which held at UTHM that has become one of the highlights of UTHM’s sustainability mission. This program was organized by the Sustainable Campus Office and attended by Prof. Datuk Ts. Wahid bin Razzaly, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Datuk Haji Jeffri Bin Abd. Rasid, Director of Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ), Encik Mohd Zain Bin Arris, Johor Regional Manager SWM Environment, Profesor Madya Dr. Noor Yasmin Binti Zainun, Director of SWIDWEB Solutions, Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Binti Sulaiman, Director of Sustainable Campus Office and Senior University Officer, Planeteers Club and SIO Members. Therefore, Earth Day @ UTHM 2019 program is a platform that serves as a key resource to support the activities of existing sustainability programs that actively working towards a more sustainable UTHM.

The Earth Day @ UTHM program aimed to build a strong UTHM community that passion for the environment. Besides, it educates the UTHM community on the importance of creating sustainability on campus. In addition, it provides great opportunities for the UTHM community to contribute to the environment through these sustainability activities that held along the program. Thus, this program helps and inspires UTHM community to work together on environmental recovery activities that eventually turned UTHM into a green and sustainable campus. Moreover, it helps to promote the research activities, education, and training in the field of sustainability for university community.


S70919/02
Green Activity:
Tiny Forest Project @UTHM Launch Event
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Date:
19 September 2019

Place/Venue:
Node 3 Site, UTHM

Participants:
Prof. Datuk Ts. Wahid bin Razzaly, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Datuk Haji Jeffri Bin Abd. Rasid (Director Johor State Forestry Department, (JPNJ)), Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Binti Sulaiman (Director of Sustainable Campus Office, and Senior University Officer), and Planeteers Club

Description:
The Tiny Forest Project @ UTHM launch event was successfully held on September 19, 2019, during the opening ceremony of Earth Day @ UTHM 2019. The “MyTreeVolution” program, organized by the Ministry of Education Malaysia & “National Forest Restoration Project”, organized by Johor State Forestry Department (JPNJ) have developed initiatives to this program in order to pursue green growth for sustainability and resilience. This program also aims to care for the environment through green initiatives by conducting tree planting activities. Therefore, it turns UTHM towards a green and sustainable campus. The “Tiny Forest Project @ UTHM” tree tagging session was also held at the Node 3 Site.

The program was attended by Prof. Datuk Ts. Wahid bin Razzaly, Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Datuk Haji Jeffri Bin Abd. Rasid (Director Johor State Forestry Department, (JPNJ)), Sr. Dr. Noralfishah Binti Sulaiman (Director of Sustainable Campus Office, and Senior University Officer), and Planeteers Club


OCTOBER 2019

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Green Activity:
Day 2 Program – Academia Day

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Date:
24 October 2019

Place/Venue:
Stadium, UTHM

Participants:
YBhg. Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Senior University Officers, Perkasa members, and academic staff.

Description:
The University-Level Academy Day Celebration organized by UTHM’s PERKASA (Lecturer and Lecturer Association) held for 2 days from October 23-24, 2019. The second-day celebration was followed by symbolic planting of trees and town hall sessions. The tree has become a remarkable symbolic for this program. Indirectly, it can increase the number of trees in UTHM. This will make the campus into a green and sustainable campus. Moreover, it makes create to a passionate UTHM community and loves the environment. In addition to providing exposure to UTHM community on the importance of sustainability on campus. The program was attended by YBhg. Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Senior University Officers, Perkasa members, and academic staff. After the planting session, a town hall session was held aimed at sharing ideas and opinions among academic’s staff with sustainable university management.

The Malaysian Academy Day which falls on October 5th is held for the first time at UTHM in honor of the contribution and celebration of the service and sacrifice of the academic staff.


DISEMBER 2019

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Green Activity:
Mangroves Planting, a Step Towards Ecosystem Conservation

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Date:
20 Disember 2019

Place/Venue:
Tanjung Labuh Senggarang Beach

Participants:
Lions Club, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Era Jaya Youth Club, Kampong Kelicap Village Community Management Council (MPKK), Batu Pahat High School, Dato Esa Secondary School and several volunteers on their own.

Description:
A joint environmental and community project by Lions Club of Batu Pahat, Lions Club of Kluang, Lions Club of Kluang Mandarin, Lions Club Of Kluang 4wd, Lions Club Of Yong Peng  and Lions Club Simpang Rengam together with the cooperation of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia UTHM (Fakulti Kejuruteraan Awam dan Alam Sekitar), Pusat Khidmat Adun Senggarang, Mpkk Kelicap, Persatuan Belia Era Jaya 4b Senggarang, Leo Clubs from High School Batu Pahat, SMK Dato Syed Esa, Omega and Southern Cross was held on 20th December 2019.

About 250 mangroves were planted at Tanjung Labuh Senggarang Beach, through Mangrove Tree Planting Program with towards green theme.  Among the species of mangroves grown are Rhizophora Apiculata of 100 trees and Rhizophora Mucronata of 150 trees.

All the participants are taught the method of planting and the importance of planting mangrove trees to protect our environment and help improves the ecosystem. Besides, the program is a step towards successful restoration of the ecosystem. The participants had a wonderful and tiring time treading through mud while enjoying the beautiful sight and mingling with new friends. Some of the participants even brough along their kids to learn more about this meaningful project.

According to Senggarang assemblyman Ir Khairuddin A Rahim, people including students and the public were involved in the program. “This program has received a great response as it educates the public on the importance of this green life as part of its sustainability,” he told JohorKini today. He said the activities were not just public awareness of the importance of green life but also in the program was taught how proper cultivation should be done. The method of planting the tree is taught to the participants and many of them have just tried it for the first time and before that there is no basis for planting the tree. Mangroves are generally known to be able to anchor seawater and are directly capable of keeping the beach environment from eroding. I am also impressed with the participants who want to pollinate themselves with mud in an effort to save the shoreline by planting mangroves and that should be commended,” he said.

Volunteers of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering UTHM have been appointed to oversee the growing process of the mangroves from time to time.