Swedish furniture retailer IKEA has completed a 20-year reforestation project in Luasong near Tawau, Eastern Sabah. The ambitious but little-known project to plant 3 million rainforest trees began in 1998, which aimed at restoring the natural ecology to a former logged and largely degraded area.
The rehabilitation project sponsored by IKEA involved partnership from Yayasan Sabah, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and local agencies. Scientists from Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Sweden and Australia also took opportunities to conduct research on the unique ecosystem there.
We laud the contributions by IKEA and the efforts by so many parties involved in this vital endeavour to rehabilitate what we have earlier destroyed. But moving forward, it is critical that the authorities and the public monitor closely the encroachment into our jungles to prevent further damage and destruction to our natural heritage.
In November 2018, the Wisdom Park Development Committee created a Subcommittee on Ecology, Horticulture and Landscaping. Nicknamed the “Green Warriors of Wisdom Park”, the group is tasked with greening the 39-acre campus and rehabilitating its environmental vitality. Efforts to reforest the campus with native flora started in April 2018. As of 1 December, 123 trees and 400 shrubs have been planted by volunteers in its spacious grounds.
We would like to invite you to sponsor the planting of local trees in Wisdom Park to help the restoration of its ecology. We envisage that in future, the campus will become a green, natural sanctuary of learning where many beings can rejuvenate their minds and spirits.
Sponsor the planting of trees in Wisdom Park at RM120 per tree. Donations can be made at Nalanda Centre Sri Serdang, or via bank transfer to:
For more information, kindly visit Wisdom Park website at www.wisdompark.org. Your support will greatly impact the creation of a holistic ecosystem there. Thank you!