KUANTAN: Taman Negeri Rompin is now officially reopened after four years of closure that facilitated the construction of the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).
The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) said the construction of the multipurpose hall and public facilities was to further enhance the state park’s position as an attractive and sustainable tourist destination as well as make a positive impact on the lives of local communities.
“Taman Negeri Rompin is a main component of ECERDC’s Rainforest To Reef ecotourism development concept.
“This state park is one of the oldest rainforests in the world, with unique geological features dating back over 200 million years.
“The rainforest has been identified as a biodiversity hub and an international ecotourism destination, ” ECERDC said in a statement.
The RDC houses a visitors’ complex, a multipurpose hall, exhibition area, research centre and suspension bridge.
It also features a 15m-high viewing tower.
Visitors will be able to walk across Endau River on a suspension bridge 80m above the river and enjoy the Mahkota, Ulu Kemampan and Padang Tujuh waterfalls, said ECERDC.
It added that the centre included a cafeteria as well as a souvenir shop, which would provide opportunities for locals to sell traditional handicrafts once it opened for business.
“While strengthening Taman Negeri Rompin as a premier destination for ecotourism, the RDC will be a platform for long-term conservation and preservation study, ” said ECERDC chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat.
“Tourists from all over the world can enjoy and learn more about our tropical rainforest.
“This centre will also enable the creation of new jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for the people, especially the Orang Asli community.
“They can become vendors selling local crafts and guided tours educating visitors on their culture during trips and excursions around Taman Negeri Rompin.”
ECERDC said the construction of RDC took into account the environmental sensitivities of the area.
“To ensure minimal impact on the surrounding rainforest, the centre’s new buildings were built on the same sites as the buildings that had been previously demolished.
The project, which commenced in August 2016, was completed and handed over to Pahang Forestry Department on Sept 19 last year.
Baidzawi said ECERDC firmly believed in developing the region in a holistic and inclusive manner.
“There is vast potential here in Taman Negeri Rompin and as such, we remain committed to ensuring that the people continuously reap the intended benefits from developments taking place.
“We want to ensure that the future generations get to enjoy this magnificent rainforest whilst no one gets left out of its socio-economic development, ” he said.
Present at the reopening ceremony were Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, state Forestry Department director Datuk Dr Mohd Hizamri Mohd Yassin and ECERDC project implementation general manager Arizan Arifin.
During the event, the state government also signed an agreement with Endau Rompin Park Resort Sdn Bhd who will be the park operator.
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