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As the green lungs of our planet, forests are not only precious ecosystems that are home to rich biodiversity, but also act as carbon sinks to absorb more than two billion tonnes of carbon dioxide on an annual basis, which is critical in addressing climate change. In addition to this, forests are integral in supporting the livelihoods of communities across the world.
Recognising the importance of preserving this natural capital, our Forest Positive strategy is aimed at ending deforestation. A key part of this is our reforestation efforts to conserve and restore natural ecosystems.
Following the successful completion of the Kinabatangan RiLeaf Project in 2020 with one million trees planted, we embarked on Project RELeaf to continue scaling up our reforestation efforts with the planting of three million trees throughout the nation.Read More
In addition to the Kinabatangan Wetlands in Sabah, Project RELeaf encompasses plantations in Tawau and Beluran in Sabah, Bintulu in Sarawak as well as most of the states in Peninsular Malaysia. Project RELeaf is a collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, the Sabah Forestry Department, the Malaysian Nature Society as well as palm growers. Along with this, the project also contributes to the ‘Plant 100 Million Trees’ campaign under the Greening Malaysia Programme by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
Project RELeaf also supports local community livelihoods by providing opportunities to participate in community-based seedling production and tree planting operations, while also enhancing awareness on the importance of environmental preservation.
Aimed at protecting and renewing ecosystems, regenerative agriculture provides opportunities to improve soil health, restore water cycles and increase biodiversity, all of which are crucial components to sustainable food production and the achievement of our ambitious climate targets.
A healthier ecosystem also helps to mitigate the impact of climate change and enhance the livelihoods of our farming communities. Through our Farmer Connect programmes comprising Nestlé Chilli Club, Nestlé Paddy Club and NESCAFÉ Grown Respectfully, we work closely with local farmers to support them in adopting regenerative farming practices. Our support includes providing technical assistance and expertise as well as exploring suitable regenerative agriculture methods.
We practice intercropping coffee with other crops such as lemongrass and sugarcane at our mother plant nurseries in Sik, Kedah and Gua Musang, Kelantan. This regenerative agricultural practice subsequently helps our farmers to diversify their income while helping to boost biodiversity.
We encourage the practice of live mulching amongst our Nestlé Chili Club farmers, utilising peanut and Bambara nuts to replace plastic mulching for weed control.
In Kedah with our paddy farmers, we provide minerals and bio stimulators to bring the soil back to life, thereby also helping the farmers to reduce the burden of operational costs.