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Sustainable forest management needed

Sunday May 15, 2005

Sustainable forest management needed

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is standing firm that sustainable forest management (SFM) must be implemented regardless of whether international arrangements on forests (IAF) are legally binding. 

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry said it was a pre-requisite to assist developing countries implement SFM by mobilising financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building. 

The ministry said in a statement that financial resources, technical and institutional capacity in developing countries and national legislations must be applied to implement existing conventions. 

These are among some of the issues that would be highlighted by Malaysia's delegation, led by Minister Datuk Seri Adenan Satem, at the 5th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) meeting in New York, which started yesterday. 

The meeting, which ends on May 26, will also discuss the review on the effectiveness of the IAF and future actions, restoring world forests and forest law and governance for sustainability, among others. 

On its part, the ministry said Malaysia would give equal emphasis to promote conservation of its natural resources and adequate attention to social aspects while focussing on economic growth and development. 

“However, Malaysia’s commitment to achieve these aims required tremendous effort, including policy changes and effective implementation,” it said in a statement yesterday. 

The ministry noted that Malaysia managed to maintain 59.5% of its total landmass under natural forest covers.  

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