KUANTAN: The Pahang government has approved the proposed Green Border Initiative involving the state's borders with its neigbours Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johor.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the decision was made at the state executive council meeting on Nov 3, upholding the decree of Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah Ibni Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
"The state government will gazette the government land that has been identified in the border area along about 26.806km and with an area of 557.585ha, as a permanent forest reserve,” said Wan Rosdy.
"This gazetting is pursuant to Section 7 of the National Forestry Act 1984," he added in a statement on Friday (Nov 5).
He added that through the gazetting, the state government would reject all applications for government land to be developed in the Green Border Initiative area and said that this is in accordance with Rule 6 (e) or 31 (e) of the Pahang Land Rules 1992.
"For information, the gazetting of the latest permanent forest reserve is in addition to the existing areas bordering six states - Terengganu, Kelantan, Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Johor,” said Wan Rosdy.
He added that for owned land, any development covering the 500m range of the state border must be implemented sustainably based on the concept of Environmental, Social and Governance.
Wan Rosdy then said that the Local Government Division in the Office of the State Secretary has been designated to coordinate special conditions with the relevant local authorities on these decided matters.
"With another environmentally-friendly decision by the state government, it is hoped that environmental sustainability will continue to be guaranteed in the Pahang border areas with the states involved," he said.