Carbon Sequestration Project
The carbon sequestration project is one of the first steps for Malaysia to incorporate digital planning of tree-planting in Malaysia.
MyTreeVolution, in collaboration with the Sepang Municipal Council, conducted a carbon sequestration project in Cyberjaya. The initial project that started in 2017 has managed to record more than 400 trees planted. The trees stretch along 16 acres of urban forest and are tagged with unique QR codes containing identification and carbon absorption rate. These information can be found in the MyTreeVolution application. Planters can track health status as well as the specific location of the trees via a map embedded into the app.
In Malaysia, this is the pioneering initiative in digital tree-planting to preserve biodiversity and create a 'tree inventory' to offset carbon emissions. The state of Selangor was given the Sustainable Cities and Communities Award for this project in conjunction with World Town Planning Day 2020.
The project in Cyberjaya is one of many projects MyTreeVolution launched; the organisation partnered with local universities such as Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) at Serdang, Selangor and Universiti Malaysia Pahang. The programme at UPM managed to plant 550 trees of Karas species. The Karas trees are native to the forests of Peninsular Malaysia. Due to its ability to produce agarwood - a highly sought after commodity - Karas trees are illegally logged in Malaysia by poachers, threatening local biodiversity.