TropicalMap RG researchers from the Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, UTM were invited by the myTREEvolution Integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (iCSR) team to conduct a training on the use of spatial based QR code identity tag system, namely Geotrees in tree planting. The training was held on the last 16-18 April 2018 and participated by a group of 110 primary school students from different schools in Kuala Lumpur, 12 school teachers and student-volunteers from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, headed by Dr Hafizal. The training was conducted in conjunction with the 3-day International Education Peace Camp, organised by Kelab Duta Rimba and Eco Volunteerism Program – River of Life Project (Sungai Nadi Kehidupan) under the Local Agenda 21 Kuala Lumpur (LA21 KL) initiatives where the participants were introduced a sense of care and respect for our planet’s resources and how to participate and move proactively towards green environment via planting a tree. Trees will become a necessary action by volunteers and students to sustain the connectivity of greening, improving biodiversity shelter and secure the forest species.
The president of Duta Rimba Kuala Lumpur, Mr Ganesan Sittrambaram stated the program aims to inculcate the awareness of green community behaviour on the environment through green education among primary school students. The Head of Secretariat for Tree Planting of myTREEvolution iCSR, Prof. Madya Ir Dr. Mohd Fadhil Md Din said ‘through the use of smartphones, we can make tree planting as rewarding activities as they can monitor the trees growth from time to time and updating the maintenance status, such as after watering the trees through the Geotrees mobile app’.
The climax of the event was on the 18th April where each student was given a task to planting and tagging a tree accompanied by US navy officers along the river bank of Sungai Bunus, Taman Setapak Jaya Kuala Lumpur. The event was launched by the Director of Education Department, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Education Malaysia Puan Rusni Binti Ab Jalil, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy, Mr Dean R. Thompson.
Dr Nurul Hawani Idris from Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate, UTM who led the training said the Geotrees mobile app is integrated with a QR code reader to reduce the costs to digitally record the paper-based data after conducting on-site tree inventory. Through the use of Geotrees, volunteers can instantly visualize the tree record that has been submitted via online website at http://geotrees.utmgeo.com and installed the free Geotrees app where it can be downloaded at Google Playstore. The project aims to continue the efforts and support any incoming volunteerism activity in the near future. Other team members who have been involved in this project were Prof. Madya Dr Kasturi Devi Kanniah, Dr Nurul Hazrina Idris, Dr Alvin Lau Meng Shin and Mr Mohd Farid bin Fauzi from Faculty of Geoinformation and Real Estate and Dr Mohamad Hafis Izran Ishak from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, UTM.