Bamboo and Biodiversity is our Biodiversity Statement which recognizes the Malaysian government commitment to the United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD). In 1998, Malaysia developed its first National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan (NBSAP) which is known as the National Policy on Biological Diversity (NPBD). This serves as a national blueprint for the overall biodiversity management in the country as well as to fulfil its obligations under the Convention (UNDP, 2014).
The current policy (2016-2025) seeks to conserve Malaysia’s biological diversity and to ensure that its components are utilized in a sustainable manner for the continued progress of the nation. Carbon Xchange seeks to work alongside our government objectives and policies by becoming a stakeholder in this vision through the nation’s 5 national goals and 17 national biodiversity targets to be implemented by the stakeholders, who would focus on biodiversity conservation to support the national development which aims to ensure that agriculture production are managed and harvested sustainably.
Our social mission focus on the nation’s 5 national goals, which is to bring along our registered bamboo members to focus on the goals to conserve biodiversity and at the same time work towards the reduction of direct and indirect pressures on biodiversity.
We will safeguard all our nations ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. We will also ensure that the benefits from the utilization of biodiversity are accrued equitable to all. All our bamboo planting programs will help to improve our members capacity, knowledge, and skills to conserve biodiversity.
We further pledge our commitment to the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative to become a stakeholder in documenting and monitoring the living soil biological activities. Namely the invertebrate’s activities like composting and burrowing earthworms. Soil organisms are usually microscopic and cannot be viewed with the naked eyes. Most of our members are not soil experts and would not be able to provide proper scientific data about soil ecology. However, we can identify earthworms and take pictures of its activities from the day of planting through the years as it grows on our land. It is our goal to document the process of living soil recycling dead biomass. We hope to bring attention to the living component of soil biodiversity.
Through the process of documenting our soil biodiversity we believe that it will lead to multiple benefits for human activities and can advance sustainable development of biodiversity targets. The amazing thing about earthworms and biodiversity is its ability to provide us with this holistic focus to allow our future generations to use it. Our youth can leverage on sequencing technologies to open the world of invertebrates which can describe for us genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
Hidden in plain sight is a world we know truly little about soil cryptic systems and microscopic life. We are just beginning to learn about interactions among species which form complex systems, like Soil Food Web.
At Carbon Xchange (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd., we are just scratching the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to soil and biodiversity. It is our sincere hope that through our social mission, we can bring along more people to participate in expanding our knowledge about our own country biodiversity assets.