A hundred volunteers from the
An idyllic setting for a day or overnight trip for fishing and delicious seafood, the fishing village attracts its fair share of tourist yet a closer look will reveal the dirty truth behind the picturesque island.
Like many other coastal communities around the world, Pulau Ketam faces the problem where tonnes of rubbish are brought in by the daily tide, affecting their livelihood, sanitary health and homes.
Wipe Out Waste actively engages the community through a series of activities beginning in 2016.
“Mangrove forests are a vital part of estuary ecosystems and bring numerous benefits to the marine environment and surrounding communities. Not only does it benefit the fisheries and provide timber for construction materials and by products, mangrove forests also creates a buffer zone that offers protection from erosion, heavy winds and even typhoons. The dense root systems also act as a natural filter to trap marine debris,” said MNS Executive Director, I.S. Shanmugaraj
Community clean up
Trapping marine debris
A series of signage with friendly messages strategically placed around the island remind the local community and visitors alike to keep the island environment clean. The initial set of signs installed last year produced positive results from the local community who felt that it encouraged a change in people’s behaviour.