Watsons donated RM20,000 to support the Marine Conservation project at Tioman Island

WATSON Malaysia reaffirms its commitment to environmental sustainability with a series of initiatives aimed at marine conservation.

In collaboration with Reef Check Malaysia, Watsons has donated RM20,000 to support the Marine Conservation project at Tioman Island, furthering efforts to protect and restore precious marine ecosystems.

The donation, generated from sales of the 2024 Watsons calendar nationwide, directly benefits Reef Check Malaysia and indirectly supports 80 members of the Tioman Marine Conservation Group, as well as the community of Tioman Island.

This initiative aims to build capacity among local islanders to manage marine resources and actively participate in conservation work, fostering sustainable practices for future generations.

As part of the sustainability effort, Watsons organized a three-day Coral Rehabilitation & Cultivation Sustainability Program from the 15th to the 17th of May at Barat Tioman Island.

Inviting over 22 media and influencers, the program included activities such as deploying reef restoration blocks, building reef restoration blocks using recycled glass waste, and snorkeling to raise awareness about marine conservation.

Coral reefs are invaluable ecosystems, playing a pivotal role both ecologically and economically. They serve as vital habitats for an astonishing 33% of all known fish species, contributing significantly to marine biodiversity.

Beyond their ecological importance, coral reefs are a crucial food source for millions of people worldwide, particularly in coastal communities reliant on fishing. Moreover, these vibrant ecosystems act as natural barriers, safeguarding approximately 20% of the world's coasts from the erosive forces of waves.

Mr Danny Hoh, General Manager, Marketing and Customer Growth passed the mock cheque to Alvin Chelliah, Chief Programme Officer, of Reef Check Malaysia during the launch.
Divers deploying reef restoration blocks as a part of the activities during the Coral Rehabilitation & Cultivation Sustainability Program by Watsons Malaysia.

Thus, the preservation of coral reefs is not only essential for the health of marine life but also for the well-being of coastal communities and economies.

Caryn Loh, Managing Director of Watsons Malaysia and Exclusives Director of Watsons International, emphasized the importance of this initiative, stating,

“As Malaysia's leading health and beauty retailer, we are committed to safeguarding our marine resources and contributing to conservation efforts. We hope to inspire others to join us in protecting our oceans and marine life," he said.

The expedition coincided with the launch of the special edition Naturals by Watsons Algae range, highlighting Watsons' dedication to sustainable practices. A sustainable DIY workshop was also conducted, showcasing the recyclable bottle packaging and promoting recycling awareness among participants.

Mr Danny Hoh, General Manager, Marketing and Customer Growth of Watsons Malaysia with the Watsons Influencer Friends and media friends.

Reef Check Malaysia, a non-profit organization established in 2007, leads long-term community programs to promote coral reef conservation in Malaysia.

Through partnerships with organizations like Watsons Malaysia, Reef Check Malaysia works to train local islanders in conservation work and alternative livelihood training, contributing to the preservation of coral reefs and marine biodiversity.

For more information on Watsons Malaysia's CSR initiatives, visit www.watsons.com.my- 7KLIK

[PHOTO CREDIT: Watson Malaysia - Nurul Fazilah Kamal Bachah]

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