Save Our Shores (S.O.S), Scouts of the World Voluntary Service- Penang, Malaysia
In conjunction with the SW Voluntary Service which will be carried out with a series of activities with related to the conservation of shore / coastal line and mangrove swamp. These series of activities named “Save Our Shores” with abbreviation of “S.O.S.” to catch attention of public / local communities / private sector / with scouts to continuously contributes strongly towards a more sustainable environment through this action.
For west cost of Peninsular Malaysia, treat to tsunami from Indian Ocean, corrosion and sea water pollution remind us to keep in mind that to conserve our sea barrier along the shore including beautiful beaches and Mangrove Forest.
The changes in mangrove distribution reflect the result of coastal landform adjustments. The changes in sea level affect the landforms. The rise in sea level causes coastal erosion, whereas the fall in sea level is beneficial to coastal sediment accumulation. These factors influence the changes in mangrove distribution. The sea level may rise in response to climate changes and global warming (Land subsidence causes a relative rise in sea level). Based on the condition faced by the mangroves, they will adjust differently which will result in different outcomes.
Generally speaking, when there is a decrease in sea level or increase in sediment accumulation, the distribution of mangroves will gradually expand towards the sea. When the sea level rises or coastal erosion occurs, the distribution of mangroves will migrate landward. The presence of man-made structures, such as embankments, behind mangrove forests obstructs their course of retraction. With no available place for mangroves to migrate, they will eventually die out. Hence, the decline in coastal mangrove area due to sea level rise or environmental impact has become an important global issue, and methods to ensure the peaceful co-existence with mangroves should become the main focus of attention of all countries.