Forest and Biodiversity Programme
No.78, Second Floor
Petaling Jaya, Selangor 47300
“Sahabat Hutan Bakau” (SHB) or Friends of Mangroves was introduced in recognition of the need for the involvement of the local communities in the mangrove rehabilitation programme. The establishment of the SHB was equally spurred by the awareness and concern of the local communities on the degradation of the mangroves and its ecosystem. The alarming changes has increasingly altered the lifestyle of the local communities who have in the past been highly dependent on the mangroves for their livelihood, including fishing and gathering of produces from the mangroves for economic purposes. The continuous threat on the mangroves and its ecosystem has indeed caused adverse impacts on the local communities who have been dependent of these natural sources for quite sometime. It is against this backdrop that an initiative was formed and recommended by the Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Razali Ismail, a member of the Board of Directors, Global Environment Centre (GEC) to establish the SHB.