Preserving and Regenerating Coral
Not many are aware that coral is not just pretty to look at but also serve important environmental and ecological functions by protecting coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms, as well as providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms.
Our interest in marine conservation has been inspired by the knowledge that the telecommunications industry may have affected the marine ecosystem via the laying of submarine cables. We selected Pulau Tinggi, Johor and Pulau Bidong, Terengganu for our marine projects to raise further awareness on marine
life conservation. In 2017 we became the first corporate organisation to support Yayasan Coral Malaysia (YCM)’s programme to protect and regenerate coral in Malaysian waters. The MyCoral: Marine Education Initiative focuses on getting divers to support efforts to propagate the marine organism while also engaging local communities and the public in awareness building.
MyCoral: Environmental Education Initiative 2017 was launched in Pulau Bidong, Terengganu, on 16 September. Other than plant new coral polyps, 20 TM ROVers were trained to serve as future facilitators in this initiative, by equipping them with the relevant knowledge as well as diving skills. Our long-term vision is to use learnings from Pulau Bidong to generate more coral rehabilitation programmes elsewhere in Malaysia. In the more immediate future, we hope to collaborate with local universities on coral research and to engage more members of local communities in the programme by introducing MyCoral as an agrotourism product.
Read more about Yayasan Coral Malaysia here