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Disaster Risk Reduction Through Tree Planting

Muslim Aid Indonesia (MAI) initiated a tree planting program in Yogyakarta, on February 28, 2016. Around 30,000 varieties of tree seedlings were planted and donated by the Center for Watershed Management Serayu Opak Progo - an organisation committed to disaster risk reduction. Both climate change and the recent effects of El Nino in 2016 has made several areas vulnerable to natural disasters.

This program was conducted in three villages, namely, Sitimulyo, Kangrejek and Tirohargo in Bantul. "We invite all levels of society and relevant agencies to work together to preserve the green environment, our actions should not stop here, but also actively caring, maintaining and preserving these trees to create a healthy and beautiful environment,” said the coordinator of Muslim Aid Yogyakarta, Suharti. "We gave the residents a chance to participate and also provided them with knowledge on farming and the dangers of global warming," concluded Suharti.

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