Massive protected area


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Dec 2015

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will have one of the nation’s single largest conservation area which is nearly 24 times the size of Penang island.

State Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan said the con­­servation area of nearly 700,000ha would encompass Da­­num Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon.

He said this was made possible after the state government upgraded more than 112,000ha of bio­diversity rich lowland forests to Class I protection forest reserves last month.

“We have what is arguably the biggest totally protected areas in one conservation block in Malaysia,” he said.

Mannan said this conservation block also included 70,000ha of the Kuamut Forest Reserve.

“That area is also being assessed for a carbon offset project,” he added.

The remaining portion of the Kuamut forest reserve totalling just over 47,000ha, where parts were undergoing reduced impact logging harvesting, would eventually be added to this conservation region.

Operations there would cease on Dec 31, 2018, and this area would then become part of the further enlarged protected area, he said.

Mannan said Sabah’s totally protected area was now nearly 1.8 million hectares or 24% of the state’s landmass.

“This is in compliance with the Government’s policy to have 30% of Sabah under its totally protected area by 2025,” he said.

He said Sabah’s conservation areas had increased significantly since 2003 when Datuk Seri Musa Aman took over as chief minister.

The exemplary actions of the state government, driven by the chief minister, would give Sabah a unique advantage in world tropical forest management, he added.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

News , bureaus

   

Did you find this article insightful?

Yes
No

Next In Nation

Over 1,300 cops to be deployed as liaison officers in Johor schools, says state police chief
Natural Resources Minister to meet Zoo Negara management to discuss improving ops
Man arrested for slapping supermarket cashier over packing misunderstanding
Dispatch rider killed after being dragged by car on KL-Seremban highway
Bernama editor-in-chief Mokhtar Hussain appointed as CEO
Dr M says difficult to support agriculture allocations without explanation on poverty eradication
Anwar: New Fama corporate office will not solve current issues faced by farmers, smallholders
Border shootout: Remand of four suspects extended
Retrospective serological study indicates polio vaccination among observed population (100%) produces specific humoral response with cross-reactivity against SARS-CoV-2
Freedom of info? Need to strike balance between public and private interest, says law minister

Stories You'll Enjoy