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October 11, 2017

CM: Sarawak to set up new department to manage protected areas

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

File picture shows the limestone pinnacles of Mount Api at Gunung Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak. — wiki picChief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today the state government is placing higher conservation priority of its protected areas and wildlife with the establishment of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.“The formation of the new department will lead to a more coordinated, focused and adequately manned to meet the challenges of managing Sarawak’s protected areas and its wildlife more effectively and efficiently,” he said in a speech

The speech was read at the opening of the regional forum on strengthening, diversifying and financing for protected areas, by his deputy Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

The chief minister said the state government has allocated RM43 million under the 11th Malaysia Plan for the development of national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, adding that the amount does not include the RM10 million annual operational expenditure.

Abang Johari said under the state’s land use policy, the state government has set a goal of one million hectares to be gazetted as national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries by 2020.

He added these totally-protected areas cover water bodies of ecological importance that are rich in biodiversity.

“Sarawak’s tremendous effort in protected areas conservation has received major international recognition, “ he said, citing Gunung Mulu National Park as an example of being Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage Site awarded in 2000.

He said the Kuching Wetland National Park, gazetted in 2002, was declared a Wetlands of International Importance, also called a Ramsar Site, in 2005.

Source : The Malay Mail online by SULOK TAWIE



1 Comment »

  1. Duplication and double-duplication = Waste of time and money

    Comment by tigeryka — October 12, 2017 @ 5:35 PM | Reply

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