THE state has now some 42,232ha of mangrove swamps that have been gazetted as permanent forest reserves (PFR) as of September this year.
Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir (BN-Pangkor) said there ha been an increase in PFR land following the gazettement of several mangrove swamps in the past few years, including the 616ha Lekir forest reserve in February this year.
He said the state executive council has also approved two mangroves areas — the Kuala Sepetang Fireflies Forest Reserve (152ha) and Teluk Rubiah Forest Reserve (1,502ha) — as PFR in November 2013 and April last year, respectively.
In replying to Husin Din (PAS-Selinsing)’s written question, Zambry said there are 11,326ha of PFR in Kerian alone.
“Among the mangrove swamps in Kerian with PFR status included forest reserves in Pulau Gula, Cabai Malai, Sungai Sepetang, Jebong, Pulau Selinsing and Pulau Kelumpang,” he said.
To a supplementary question by Datuk Rashidi Ibrahim (BN-Pasir Panjang), Zambry said the necessary action would be taken against those who intrude and encroach into PFR.
“There were two cases this year. One involving logs that were taken from an unsanctioned area while another involved intrusion.
“Action is being taken against these people,” he said.
To another question by Chua Yee Ling (PKR-Kuala Sepetang), Zambry said the state is open to opinions and ideas to maintain its status as home to the best-managed mangrove swamps in the world.
Chua had earlier said that she has received an email from a Belgian scholar, noting that mangroves in the state are third in a list of mangrove swamps that are managed least satisfactorily.
“Our mangroves are among the best-managed in the world. I am not sure what criteria the scholar used to reach his conclusion,” Zambry said.
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