KUCHING: The state Forest Department will engage the public to plant trees as part of its forest landscape restoration programme, says its director Datuk Hamden Mohammad.
He said the programme was in line with the state government’s aspirations for a greener Sarawak.
“The government wants to see a balance between development and conservation.
That is why we came up with this forest landscape restoration programme.
“This is not only by the department, but includes the participation from all parties, even from the rakyat, NGOs, politicians, schools and associations.
“We aim to work together to plant trees so that we can extend more forest areas in Sarawak, ” he said after launching the department’s ‘Majlis Aspirasi’ here.
Hamden said the department was also emphasising on research and development for reforestation and planted forests.
“Since most of the researchers from Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) are now with us, I would like them to focus on R&D on planted forests and forest restoration, ” he said.
In addition, Hamden said the department was in the process of strengthening state laws related to forestry, some of which dated back to the 1960s.
“Now is the time for us to revisit and review the laws we have on forestry so that we can better manage and conserve our forests for the future, ” he said.
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