Award-winning Connected Mangroves project in Kampung Dato Hormat, Sabak Bernam is now being featured as part of a BBC series called Age of Change: The Business of Survival.
Age of Change: The Business of Survival
The ‘Age of Change’ series on BBC shares aspirational stories of how businesses are addressing critical environmental challenges and repairing vulnerable ecosystems with innovative solutions. The documentary tells the story of how technology improves mangrove survival rates and the overall ecosystem in Kampung Dato Hormat, Sabak Bernam, Selangor.
Connected Mangroves Project Malaysia
Mangroves are a vital part of Malaysia’s ecosystem, protecting villages near coastlines and riverbanks from environmental risks and they are one of the most effective trees in the world for soaking up the carbon dioxide that leads to climate change. Furthermore, the mangroves also can hold up to 5 times more carbon per hectare than tropical rainforests.
The Connected Mangroves project was started by leading 5G networks provider Ericsson in 2015. Together with the partner volunteers, they have planted more than 4,000 trees and harnessed the power of mobile broadband, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud to help increase the survival rate of the mangrove saplings from 40% to 80%.
The community of Kampung Dato Hormat, situated in Sabak Bernam, Selangor, where the project is located, have noticed positive bioindicators, such as the presence of more crabs, and an increase in fish catch, as well as less wildlife intrusion into their village. The mangroves have also created a protective barrier that shields them from flooding.
The Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India, Sonia Aplin said:
Projects like these demonstrate how information and communication technologies can help combat climate change. At Ericsson, we’re committed to improving lives and pioneering a sustainable future with the use of technology. Our Connected Mangroves project in Malaysia is a live example of this commitment.Sonia Aplin, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson South East Asia, Oceania and India
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