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Need to speed up breakwater project

MIRI: The worsening erosion along the beach at Kampung Batu 1 Kuala Baram has fishermen operating there urging the authorities to expedite the project to construct a breakwater to prevent further erosion.

An early model of the breakwater that is planned for the project.

Awards acknowledge high level of compliance

SIBU: Sarawak Energy has introduced the Contractor Environ­mental Impact Assessment (EIA) Compliance Award 2017 to encourage environmental self-regulation in project implementation.

Sharbini (left) presenting the bronze award to Hock Peng Organisation chairman Datuk Toh Chiew Hock while deputy managing director Dr Francis Toh, (right) looks on.

Focus on self-regulation

KUCHING: The state government has entered into a tripartite agreement with Sarawak Timber Association (STA) and eight timber companies to participate in the Pilot Project for Environmental Compliance Audit.

Sarawak NREB environmental quality controller Peter Sawal (left) exchanging documents with STA honorary secretary Datuk Henry Lau while Len Talif (centre) looks on. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

Sarawak to enforce EIA approvals for conservation and protection

KUCHING: Environmental audits will be compulsory for all development projects that require the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) beginning this month.

Good response to cycling event in Kuching

KUCHING: About 300 cycling enthusiasts participated in a 30km Enviro Ride here on Saturday to raise environmental awareness in conjunction with the state-level National Environment Day 2017.

About 300 cyclists took part in the Enviro Ride last Saturday.

Sarawak set to kick off programme to supply water to rural areas

KUCHING: The state government will expedite the implementation of the Sarawak Alternative Rural Water Supply (Sawas) programme to provide safe and clean water to rural areas.

Dr Rundi (right) at the launh of the ministry’s new logo in Kuching.— ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / THE STAR

Report: Authorities slow to gazette water catchment areas

KUCHING: Water catchment areas in Sarawak should be gazetted as quickly as possible to prevent prohibited activities from being carried out there.

Drones can help combat forest fires

MIRI: Drones have been proven to be effective in test-runs carried out to deal with forest fires in Miri and Kuala Baram districts.

An aerial shot of a wildfire in northern Miri taken by a drone used by the Miri Fire and Rescue Department.

Sarawak schools invited to Serasi Award contest

KUCHING: The 2016/2017 Anugerah Sekolah Rakan Alam Sekitar (Serasi Award) is now open for entries, with the closing date on April 13.

Peatland projects face hurdles

KUCHING: Peatland development will pose serious environmental implications if not properly managed.