Call for help to sustain Tasik Bera Ramsar site

KUANTAN: The state government has called for cooperation from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) and related departments to enhance enforcement for the sustainability of Tasik Bera Ramsar site.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the 31,255ha site should be protected, considering the 77,380ha buffer zones surrounding the area.

“Therefore, the state government is emphasising the importance of enforcement which we hope can be taken up by Perhilitan, a federal government department under the Water, Land and Natural Resources Ministry (KATS).

“Perhilitan was also appointed to lead the Tasik Bera Ramsar site management unit with the assistance of federal and state departments such as the Forestry Department, Department of Environment, Fisheries Department, Department of Orang Asli Development and the Bukit Fraser Development Corporation or known as Tourism Pahang, ” he said.

Wan Rosdy was responding to news reports on Tasik Bera’s environmental condition, which was said to be deteriorating.

He said since the management unit was formed by the state executive council in 1999, all development planning in Tasik Bera must be guided by the Tasik Bera Integrated Management Plan as provided by Wetlands International Asia Pacific.“Last year, the Tasik Bera Ramsar Site Integrated Management Plan prepared by Perhilitan in collaboration with KATS and the state government was introduced to ensure sustainable development activities at the lake.

“In addition, the Special Area Plan on development management for the conservation of the Tasik Bera Ramsar site has also been prepared by the Bera District Council with cooperation from the state Town and Country Planning Department, or now known as PlanMalaysia@Pahang, ” said Wan Rosdy.

He added that the Special Area Plan, which was introduced last year, was aimed at strengthening the rehabilitation of the site and to ensure development in the surrounding area, especially the Orang Asli settlements, would not affect the site.

“With these initiatives in mind, there should not be any particular issues regarding environmental pollution at the Tasik Bera Ramsar site. However, there are still reports of encroachment and environmental destruction.

“This is still the case despite the 22 enforcement patrols carried out by Perhilitan with other actions such as identifying and acting on illegal forest encroachment and logging, destroying animal traps and poacher huts as well as stopping and questioning the public to know the purpose of their presence in the area, ” he said.

Wan Rosdy said it was hoped that enforcement could be strengthened while also calling on all parties to cooperate fully to achieve the goal of preserving the Tasik Bera Ramsar site.

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