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Forest and Ecological Conservation Efforts in Malaysia

M’sian Forestry Policy to be finalised next year
Published on: Thursday, July 25, 2019
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KUALA LUMPUR: The framework on the Malaysian Forestry Policy which is being reformulated is expected to be finalised by next year, the Dewan Negara was told Wednesday.

Deputy Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji said the framework would ensure that the interests of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak are maintained.

“At present, an agreement in has been reached between the three territories for a statement that is rational and meets the objectives of the Malaysian Forestry Policy.

“Strategies and action plans for the three territories are expected to be finalised by 2020,” he said during the oral question-and-answer session at the Dewan Rakyat today.

He was replying to a question from Senator Lee Tian Sing who wanted to know the status on the policy.

Replying to a supplementary question from Lee who wanted to know whether the government will accept the proposal of the Association for the Protection of Natural Heritage of Malaysia, which among others wants the National Forestry Act to be amended, Tengku Zulpuri Shah said it was already in process. – Bernama
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Sabah CM: UCSF can help spur state's green agenda
By Avila Geraldine
July 27, 2019 @ 3:07pm


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KOTA KINABALU: The government has given University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) the greenlight to utilise the state’s conservation areas to promote its green agenda.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the green university, which is owned by Yayasan Sabah, should fully leverage on these areas as world-class living labs for teaching and learning, research and potential sources of sustainable value-added products.

"It is my hope that this noble effort embarked upon by Yayasan Sabah and the state government will draw more attention and collaboration among various parties, including global players," he said at the UCSF's inaugural convocation here today.

The conservation areas in the state include the Danum Valley, Maliau Basin which is dubbed 'the lost world', Imbak Canyon, Silam Coast Conservation Area and Taliwas Forestry and Recreation Area.

Commending UCSF for its green agenda, Shafie said the varsity should incorporate its green philosophy and elements of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all its academic programmes.

"This way, UCSF can significantly create the much desired impact and contribute to a more balanced development of the state and nation, thereby driving towards achievement of the SDG targets by 2030.

"By doing so, UCSF could also become a centre of excellence in green initiatives and help pioneer, advocate and spur the green economic agenda of the state," he said.

Shafie stressed Yayasan Sabah and the state government is forward looking and moving in tandem with the global concern and commitment towards sustainability and green agenda.

He believed UCFS would be committed to make its vision and mission a reality, regardless of the challenges to fulfil its mission of becoming a new model of a green university that is relevant to the state.

Established in 2013, UCSF has produced 274 graduates in 10 programmes.

Over the years, its research work has been transformative, and one of its growing strength is the knowledge it generates from the ethnography research on the Pala’uh people or the sea gypsies.

"We take cognizance of USCF’s contribution in efforts to engage the Pala’uh people, an indigenous community, towards mainstream development.

"Similarly, the research on bats as an indicator of sustainable developments in rural agriculture is very encouraging.

"It is my hope that other IPTS in Sabah will follow this path of making research transformative, and thereby develop new knowledge which is relevant, practical and ecologically friendly to Sabah and the world," he said
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Malaysia working to tighten laws on forest protection, says minister
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KUALA LUMPUR (July 31): Malaysia is working on reforms to its decades-old forestry laws, and will consider suggestions from green activists on how to better protect its rainforests, a minister said on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, hundreds of environmentalists marched on Malaysia's parliament demanding changes to the constitution and laws to step up punishments for forest-clearing, corruption and pollution.

Organised by environmental group PEKA Malaysia, the demonstrators also called for forest management to be moved to central government control from state level.

Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji, Malaysia's deputy minister of water, land and natural resources, told local media this week that discussions on changing the laws had begun, and he hoped new bills would be presented to parliament by early next year.

"We have to take the suggested amendments to the attorney-general's office first," he was quoted as saying by the Free Malaysia Today news website, adding feedback would also be sought from green groups.

One proposed change would likely be for the federal government to request closer cooperation from states, he added. "If the states agree, then it is good for our forests," he said.

A ministry source, who asked not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the press, confirmed the media report.

The "biggest hurdle" was in convincing all states to back the changes, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Under Malaysia's constitution, forest management falls largely under state, not federal control. This has led to economic interests being prioritised over the environment and rights of indigenous people, green groups say.

States have the power to give permits for logging and other forest activities, whereas federal government is limited to making policy and monitoring, Tengku Zulpuri told local media.

"If any report on infringements is made, we can only take note and tell the state to act," he added.

Earlier this year, the Malaysian government said it would sue the Kelantan state authorities for failing to uphold the land rights of indigenous people.

The world lost 12 million hectares (30 million acres) of tropical tree cover in 2018 — the equivalent of 30 football pitches a minute — according to monitoring service Global Forest Watch.

Besides being a major producer of timber and wood products, the Southeast Asian nation is the second-largest grower of palm oil, the world's most widely used edible oil.

Palm plantations in both the Malaysian and Indonesian parts of Borneo have come under scrutiny over logging activities, forest-clearing, fires and labour abuses.

Laws to protect Malaysia's forests were last changed almost 30 years ago, according to PEKA Malaysia, whose push for reform is backed by an online petition that attracted more than 175,000 signatories.

But Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil, the group's president, said it was unlikely states would agree to hand over powers, given the revenue they collect from logging activities.

"If the federal (government) is not stern in this action, we can say goodbye to our forests and wildlife," she said.
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Wildlife sanctuary plan
Published on: Monday, August 12, 2019
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SEMPORNA: The Sabah government will identify an area suitable for wildlife habitat and breeding, especially for endangered animals.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said this move was in line with the Government’s intention to protect and ensure the survival of wildlife, which he said are “treasures” of the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew, who is also the state tourism, culture and environment minister, had been tasked with identifying this area.

“It will be something like the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa, where thousands of hectares of land have been reserved for wildlife,” he said when met by reporters after Aidiladha prayers, Sunday.

Shafie said this area would not only house wildlife and endangered animals but would be a tourist attraction.
Visitors could then see the efforts taken by the state to preserve and protect wildlife in Sabah.

He said they want to emulate Africa where the country sets aside some 1,000 acres of land for elephants to roam freely.

“This not only allows wildlife to breed freely, it also attracts tourists, “ Mohd Shafie said.

He said forests in Sabah should also be protected and preserved as they are sanctuaries for wildlife.

“Forests provide a food source for animals too,” said the Senallang assemblyman.

Due to the loss of their natural habitat, these wildlife will start to wander closer to the villages and resulting in human-animal conflicts, he added.

He said humans must try to protect animals as they are the creations of God as well.Shafie said Liew had gone to Jakarta to discuss the Sumatran rhino conservation programme with Indonesia’s Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation director-general Wiratno.

Shafie added that the move was in line with the state’s objective to protect its wildlife and endangered species.
“The only rhinoceros in Malaysia will not be able to breed and have offspring if it has no mates.

“That’s why I have asked Datuk Christina (Liew) to look into the possibility of a collaboration on the (conservation of the Sumatran rhinoceros and proposed breeding programme) matter.”

Malaysia is now left with one female Sumatran rhinoceros named Iman, which lives in a sanctuary in Sabah.
Tam, the only male rhinoceros, died in May.

Iman is said to be ill with uterine fibroids. Despite its condition, Iman is still producing eggs.

“Alhamdulillah, the Indonesian authorities have agreed and we are grateful for their cooperation in fulfilling the desire of the State Government to protect the animal from going extinct,” added the Chief Minister.

A memorandum of understanding on the matter is expected to be signed between the Indonesian government and Sabah next month
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Anti-poaching unit trained and ready
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Trainees with certificates and trainers on the last day of the special unit training at IPS. – Picture courtesy of DGFC


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KOTA KINABALU: Following the allocation by Sime Darby Foundation of a RM4 million grant to the Sabah Forestry Department to increase the capacity of its Protect Unit, a selection course involving 70 candidates from the public was followed by a special unit training for 30 of them.

The training was carried out at Institut Perhutanan Sabah (IPS) in Telupid.

“Early July, a two-day intensive selection course was organized in Ranau for 70 Sabahans (out of the 900) who applied for the Protect ranger positions,” said Datuk Mashor Bin Mohd Jaini, Chief Conservator of Forests.

He said the selectees were put through written, physical and mental aptitude testing, followed by an interview. That ensured that the best people for the demanding job of a Protect Unit member were selected and able to absorb the instruction and ultimately carry on the tasks assigned to the highest level.

A special unit training was then carried out for 21 days from 18th July to 8th August by Frontline Ltd, an organization based in Labuan and specialized in anti-poaching training.

Project partner Dr Benoit Goossens, Director of Danau Girang Field Centre and Professor at Cardiff University, said the idea was to train the participants to confidently and safely conduct counter-poaching patrolling in a tropical forest environment and to conduct, under supervision, basic intelligence gathering, investigations, raids and takedowns in both the forest and urban environment by foot and vehicle.

“This course was physically and mentally demanding for the 30 selected trainees and an additional four rangers from Sabah Parks and one ranger from Sabah Wildlife Department, specially selected, to enhance inter-agency cooperation,” he stressed.

Mashor added following the training in Telupid, 25 of the 30 trainees were selected to be part of the Protect Unit. They would be appointed as contract staff of Sabah Forestry Department, focus on anti-poaching and start operations on 1 September 2019.

“They will boost the enforcement capacity of the State Government to reduce the number of poaching cases in Sabah,” he said.

Goossens was present at IPS in Telupid when the trainees received their certificates and Protect badges following the special unit training, and he was very proud of these youths who will be the guardians of our forests and wildlife in Sabah.

“It makes me very happy to have played a little role in providing job opportunity for those young Sabahans and a fantastic boost to wildlife conservation in the State,” he said
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Safeguarding fishing sector
Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry is looking into introducing a Fisheries Enactment which enforces protection and conservation efforts on ocean habitats and marine life.

It would include stiffer action on fishbombers, who recently were suspected of causing three deaths in Semporna.

Its Minister, Datuk Junz Wong said they will look into this once the Sabah Agriculture Blueprint which is already at its final stage of implementation is done.

The Fisheries Enactment will be the Ministry’s second phase of undertakings which still needs a lot of studying and research on what needs to be protected.

Among list of things which will be looked into include the size of fishes that can be caught, the size of crabs that can be sold, the size of lobsters and whether sharks should be included in the Enactment, etc.

“We must have our laws because now we can only tell people not to catch but there is no law to enforce it,” he said after attending a meet-the-people session at SK Pulau Gaya, Tuesday.

On shark protection, he said a lot of hotels in Sabah are not really serving shark fin anymore and for people to be eating shark fin in the State is not an issue.

He said it goes back to the very fundamental issue which is Sabah don’t have its own Fisheries Enactment.

“It all goes to the Federal, the Federal Government is the one calling the shots, whether we should protect this 18 species or all the sharks. But since shark fin is not really served in Sabah, I don’t see any problems in Sabah supporting protection of the 18 shark species. Maybe now we are not looking into the species, but maybe later when the enactment comes we will then do more studies on the species and the Cabinet will decide,” he said.

He pointed out that the argument is actually on trawlers which will also be among matters which his Ministry will be looking into.

He said a lot of destruction on marine life and corals are caused by trawlers which do not comply with the stipulated netting size, etc.

He also said that they are in the process of introducing heavier penalties on fish bombers.

“We are considering what penalties for those who possess fish bombs as well, perhaps imposing criminal charges instead of just revoking their fishing licenses,” he said....
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Wildlife smuggling: Cops to recommend mandatory whipping for criminals
Published on: Wednesday, September 04, 2019
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BIDOR: The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will recommend mandatory whipping for criminals involved in smuggling of wildlife.

Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador said he would send the recommendation to the Legal Affairs Division for tougher penalties against such offenders as an initiative to combat the issue of poaching and wildlife trafficking in the country.

“The police will also mobilise elements under the Internal Security and Public Order Department (KDNKA), including the air branch and marine police through the Op Bersepadu Khazanah to assist the Wildlife and National Parks Department to combat wildlife crime in the jungle, air and sea.

“The operations, previously coordinated by the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (JPJKK), is also boosted by the expertise of the Elite Senoi Praaq Team of Battalion 3 and the General Operations Force, from Battalion 18, which is under KDNKA, comprising the Orang Asli who are highly skilled and capable of tracking down enemies in the forest," he said.

Abdul Hamid said this at a press conference at the opening of Op Bersepadu Khazanah at the 3rd Battalion, General Operations Force, Bidor, here Tuesday.

Also present was Wildlife director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

Abdul Hamid said 13 routes that were believed often used by smugglers of wildlife and forest resources throughout the country have been identified, including in Sabah and Sarawak, Padang Besar in Perlis, Bukit Kayu Hitam in Kedah, Pangkalan Hulu in Perak, Rantau Panjang and Bukit Bunga in Kelantan, Sungai Besi Southern Integrated Terminal in the federal capital and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

He said the first phase of Op Bersepadu Khazanah, involving a strength of 57 personnel comprising the Senoi Praaq, Marine Police and 22 personnel from the Wildlife Department, would focus on the country’s northern zone, involving areas in Ulu Muda, Bintang Hijau, Tasik Banding, Temenggor, Belum and Bintang Hijau Belum.

Meanwhile, Abdul Hamid said PDRM would tighten the conditions for the issuance of firearms license and hunting permits in the country to protect endangered wildlife as there were also locals among the illegal hunters who were caught.

“A total of 7,400 of the nearly 30,000 who obtained firearms licences were given hunting permit, so we will tighten the terms and conditions of issuing the permit by revoking the permits of those who are no longer relevant to prevent them from being used to hunt animals in the forest.

“The hunting permit is issued not to give freedom to the people to carry out hunting activities freely in the jungle, but it has to meet the conditions set by Wildlife Department,” he said.

Abdul Hamid said since 2017, 154 arrests have been made for cases involving exotic animals and flora involving locals and foreigners, who included from China, Indonesia and the Philippines.

He said the total value of the seizures during the same period was over RM51 million, and the seizures included sea sand, timber, mangrove logs, Orang Utan, civet, white-rumped shama and turtle shells, as well as vehicles used in the smuggling activities. – Bernama
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Mangrove saplings, crabs
Published on: Thursday, September 12, 2019



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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) jointly with the International Society for Mangrove Ecosystems (Isme) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), embarked on efforts to conserve Sabah’s mangrove ecosystem by planting seedlings in Sulaman and Weston, and releasing mangrove crablets in Sulaman Bay Forest Reserve. Some 60 personnel and volunteers from the three organisations took part.

Approximately 1,200 mangrove propagules (seedlings)/of species Rhizophora apiculata, supplied by the Sulaman Wetland Sanctuary, were planted.

“Bangkita”, as this species of mangrove plant is locally known, is a native species throughout the Indo-West Pacific region. A mature tree grows to a height of 30 metres, with a characteristic system of stilt roots arching out from the trunk.
The species is listed as Least Concern in the IUCN Red List, despite a decrease in the population trend of the number of mature trees being recorded from its range distribution.

At the same event, 500 juvenile mangrove crabs or crablets supplied by the Borneo Marine Research Institute (BMRI), UMS, were released. Worth noting is the brood-stock of the released species of mangrove crab Scylla tranquebarica, were purchased from the Tuaran tamu in May this year.

This implies that the released crablets are a natural species of the area. Locally known as “Kabaw Gawa” by the Bajau Samahs living in Sulaman, mangrove crabs are exploited as a food resource throughout Sabah.

The BMRI researchers noted that there exists a flourishing but undocumented mangrove crab trade in the State, even targeting the lucrative international market.
Unfortunately, the currently unregulated wild-caught mangrove crab trade is already showing signs of overfishing following the drastic drop in production in less than a decade. Moreover, they note that none of the mangrove crab species are currently listed on any national protected species listings.

The number of mangrove crabs released at the event is certainly “too few” for the vast area where they were released in.

Nevertheless, the gesture is a significant one as such an effort together with the efforts to rehabilitate and conserve their habitat is a direct contribution towards achieving IUCNs Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), particularly SDG 14. Goal 14 aimed to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

In Sabah, forest reserves come under the jurisdiction of the Sabah Forestry Department. This also means that all native animal and plant wildlife occurring within a forest reserve are under the jurisdiction of SFD.

With a reserve area of approximately 490 hectares, the Sulaman Bay Forest Reserve is ideal for the mangrove crab restocking, where the released crablets will have plenty of roaming area and food resources to grow and replicate in a natural environment.

The SFD and Isme mangrove rehabilitation project were funded by Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., Japan, in which the company channelled the funds to SFD via Isme.

For SFD and BMRI-UMS, both institutions will continue with future joint conservation efforts, the latter with plans to restock Sabah’s coastal ecosystems, particularly in coastal forest reserves, with mangrove crabs and various other hatchery-produced species. Other civil society organisations are also welcomed to join in the efforts
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Second wildlife rehabilitation sanctuary to be built in Miri
Published on: Sunday, October 13, 2019
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KUCHING: Sarawak will have another wildlife sanctuary, the second in the state to meet the needs of wildlife rehabilitation.

The “Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary” rehabilitation centre to be built in Sibuti, Miri will house all the protected and endangered species of animals rescued in the northern part of the state.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (SFC) Chief Executive Officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said all the animals that had been rescued throughout the state were being sent directly to the Matang Wildlife Centre in Kuching.

“Imagine having to send animals rescued in Miri all the way to Kuching, which is over 1,000 kilometres away.

“Apart from the long journey that is stressful to animals, it also costs a lot, so building this centre in Sibuti is a necessity,” he said.

Zolkipli said with the construction of the sanctuary, the care of the animals would be divided into two parts, the central part of Sarawak from Bintulu to Miri, and the other part covering Kuching to Sibu.

He said the construction of the wildlife centre was approved under the 11th Malaysia Plan with an allocation of RM2 million.

“For the record, apart from Sibuti, we did apply for the building of this rehabilitation centre in Sibu and Lawas under the 11th Malaysia Plan, but the government has approved for the one in Sibuti. Now, we only have one in Matang,” he said.

He said the addition was a necessity because the Matang wildlife centre, which has been operating since 1996, does not have enough space to house wildlife in need of rehabilitation.

“This place also needs to be repaired and upgraded,” he said.
He said there was only one wildlife rehabilitation facility in Sarawak, specially for the Orangutan. The Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, established in 1972 functioned as an orangutan conservation centre for research, environmental learning and eco-tourism.

“For now, rescued Orangutans are placed in Matang Wildlife Centre. Once the animals show semi-wild and self-sufficient qualities they will be transferred to Semenggoh Wildlife Centre,” he said.

He did not rule out the possibility that these centres under the SFC could serve as eco-tourism sites and sources of income to cover their maintenance costs, but he warned it was not a zoo. – Bernama
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1,000 trees planted at Sabah's Crocker Range
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KOTA KINABALU: A thousand trees were recently planted at the Crocker Range Forest Reserve which is situated south of the World Heritage site of Mount Kinabalu, here.

The Crocker Range Forest Reserve covers an area of 350,584 hectares. It consists of mountain chains, hills and valleys and is home to a wide variety of vegetation, from tropical lowland forests and hill dipterocarp forest, to upper montane forest.

More than 150 staff from Petronas, the Sabah Forestry Department, local community, as well as other governmental departments and agencies took part in the conservation activity.

The tree planting was made possible with Yayasan Petronas, the national oil company's Corporate Social Responsibility arm, which focuses on environmental conservation.

Petronas Sabah and Labuan general manager Rokiah Sulaiman said the environmental programme was a continuation of a collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department from previous years.

"Last year, we planted 1,000 trees at the Kawang Forest Reserve in Papar and another 2,000 mangrove seedlings to rehabilitate a mangrove forest in Tuaran in 2015 and 2017.

“We will continue to collaborate with relevant authorities and communities through our Sentuhan Alam focus area.

"We hope such programmes will continue to ensure we are able to collectively and actively contribute towards the conservation of the environment for the benefit of future generations,” she said in a statement.

Besides tree planting, Petronas also included 100 students from St Michael's Secondary School in Penampang in an environmental awareness workshop
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Plans to extend Marine Protected Areas
Published on: Friday, October 18, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry is planning to extend 2.031 million hectares of its Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2025.
Its Permanent Secretary Datuk William Baya said to date MPAs in Sabah only accounted for 7.2 per cent of the total area.

The Sabah Government is planning to add two more Marine Protected Areas by 2023, one each in the West Coast and East Coast of the State,” he said during the eighth Marine Protected Area Regional Exchange (MPA REX) and MPA Technical Working Group Meeting (MPA-TWG) welcoming dinner, here, Wednesday.

Off Sabah waters, six marine parks have been gazetted under the Sabah Parks Enactment of 1984, totalling 973,155 hectares.

William said the Sabah Government recognises the importance of marine areas, as the fisheries sector is worth 2.8 per cent of the State’s GDP, while the tourism sector contributes 10 per cent.

“Sabah, recognised as one of the most biodiverse areas in the world, is a hotspot for eco-tourism. The number of visitors has been increasing by 7.6 per cent per year.

“In fact, in 2018, we had a record of 3,879,413 (5.3 per cent) arrivals in Sabah, the highest number of visitors so far,” he said.

William added that following the 2009 Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) agreement, the Sabah Government, under the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry with its statutory body, Sabah Parks, were chosen as the focal points for the CTI-Malaysia National Plan of Action’s third goal, which is to be Malaysia’s stewards of MPAs.

“In the 10 years we’ve been with the CTI, many strides were made in the protection of our marine areas, culminating with the gazettement of Tun Mustapha Park, Kudat in 2016,” he said, adding that it is currently the largest MPA in Malaysia with over 890,000 hectares.

Meanwhile, Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Interim Executive Director, Dr Henra Yusran Siry, was confident that common approaches for the Coral Triangle Marine Protected Area System (CTMPAS) can be materialised.

“It will help us focus our efforts on CTMPAs and possibly develop project proposals for funding support of various like-minded international organisations or financing institutions,” he said.

The CTI-CFF is a 10-year plan and a multilateral partnership of the six Coral Triangle countries (CT6) - Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands.

Its objective is to sustain extraordinary marine and coastal resources by addressing crucial issues such as food security, climate change and marine biodiversity.

The MPA REX linked to MPA-TWG serves as CTI’s crucial monitoring element to assess the performance of the CT6 in terms of contribution towards attaining the goals of the CTI-CFF Regional Plan of Action.
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Country's first Reef Fish Fishery Improvement Project initiated in Sabah
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KUDAT: Sabah has initiated a Reef Fish Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) at Marudu Bay in the Tun Mustapha Marine Park to develop a sustainable fishing industry.

The FIP is among the key result areas (KRA) for fisheries management and protection of marine habitat through collaborative management under the 2017-2026 Tun Mustapha Park Integrated Management Plan.

Having been implemented in several other countries, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Ecuador, United States and Australia, the project is the first to be carried out in Malaysia.

It will be managed by Sabah Parks, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) -Malaysia and the Sabah Fisheries Department.

During the FIP launch here recently, WWF-Malaysia marine programme interim head Monique Sumampouw said the project was sparked due to issues of illegal fishing methods and encroachment of commercial fishermen in coastal areas.

“Such issues have brought a big impact on traditional fishermen, who only catch fish in areas close to their village.

“For them, reef fish are their major catch and fish such as Red Snapper and Grouper have high demand from buyers such as hotels and restaurants,” she said.

FIP she said was an effort involving government and non-government bodies, the fishing industry, the research industry and community, among others as they were stakeholders in fish conservation in these areas.

She said the project was recognised as one of the major fisheries conservation measures around the globe as it contained principles that included fishery stocks, environment, and fishery management.

“Over 40 countries are developing FIP and more than 150 projects are being implemented worldwide.

“Our neighboring countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam have FIPs covering coastal and deep-sea fishermen.

“In fact, some have been recognised as holders of the Marine Stewardship Council, which is the highest certification in the world that recognises sustainable fisheries based on established principles.

“I believe we can achieve such success with unwavering cooperation from all parties.”

She said a meeting was held in July to discuss the FIP action plan draft that consisted of four strategies — administration, institutional framework, research activity, and compliance.

Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said the Tun Mustapha Marine Park was gazetted in May 2016 with objectives to preserve marine biodiversity, develop sustainable fisheries, and eradicate poverty.

“To meet the objectives, Sabah Parks works with various agencies to prepare an integrated management plan, which consists of seven KRA.

“As a strategy under the KRA 1 (fisheries management) and KRA 2 (protection of marine habitat via collaborative management), FIP is the only fisheries project that will get various quarters within the marine park to be involved actively,” he said.

Jamili stressed that FIP was important as it helped fishermen in the Tun Mustapha Marine Park, especially along its coastal areas, to practise sustainable fishing and management.

The park is Malaysia’s biggest marine park, spanning approximately 898,763ha and promises better marine protection and conservation in this part of the world.

The marine park is located off the districts of Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas right up to the Balabac Strait.

It is situated within the Coral Triangle which is a 6 millionsq km marine area that directly sustains and protects more than 120 million people in coastal communities across Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste
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Kinabatangan plantations to work with NGO on the elephant corridor
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KOTA KINABALU: Two oil palm plantations in Kinabatangan, Sabah are collaborating with a French wildlife and environmental conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO), known as Hutan, to establish an elephant corridor in an effort to help reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.

Hutan director Dr Isabelle Lackman said the collaboration, which also involves the Sabah Wildlife Department, aims to strengthen human-wildlife co-existence and further enhance conservation efforts to protect endangered species.
She said one of the plantations is considering setting up a corridor that will link the Lot 2 Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary to the other plantation because of regular elephant sightings in the area.

The collaboration will allow a 100-meter-wide and three-kilometre long corridor for the pilot project, she added.

“This wildlife corridor pilot project is the first of its kind. Oil palm harvesting operations will continue as usual but with very stringent standard operating procedures (SOP), including chemical usage,” she told Bernama here.

Isabelle said the SOP will also include training programmes for farm workers as well as the formation of an elephant warden team to effectively manage wildlife in the area.

“We hope the establishment of this pilot corridor project will provide a comfortable and safer route for the elephants. We also hope that by this, the elephants would be able to roam along the corridor and not in the other parts of the plantation so that crop damage could be reduced,” she explained.

Isabelle is aware that one of the oil palm companies already has plans to create a harmonious living environment with wildlife in Sukau, Kinabatangan.

Among others, there is no fencing mounted, allowing elephants to roam freely in their plantation, except in their re-planting area, she said.

Based on the frequency of elephant movement sightings to the area last year, Isabelle said an estimated 150 elephants use the oil palm plantations as a route to look for food.
“So far, we have found that crop damage caused by the elephants is much smaller than before, there may still be some damage caused, but not as significant,” she said.

Isabelle said the plantation companies also organise many awareness programmes on elephant conservation, not only for their staff but also for students.

Also, Isabelle said Hutan, which has been working on the Kinabatangan Orang Utan Conservation Programme since =1998 also found that other wildlife such as the Orang Utan and Maroon Langurs, a type of monkey, had also made the plantations as routes to forage for food.

As such, she added the plantation managements have set aside an area of 380 hectares for a replanting project of native forests trees over the next five years.

The project will create a network of 325 hectares of forest corridors along 60 kilometres of rivers and tributaries throughout the plantation which will be connected with high biodiversity areas. It will also cover an area with Orang Utan nests totalling 56 hectares.

Isabelle also believed that if the pilot project of the Kinabatangan elephant corridor is successful, it would set as an example to prove that oil palm plantations can be directly involved in wildlife conservation efforts.

She said this cooperation between NGO, scientists, researchers and the plantation managements in Kinabatangan proves that there is a win-win situation to create a better future for all. – Bernama
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TAWAU: The Tiger Platoon from the General Operations Force (GOF) in Sabah has been assigned to assist the relevant authorities in protecting the wildlife in the state.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the special platoon would be mobilised to conduct patrols, track down suspects as well as carry out joint raids with enforcement officials, including the Wildlife Department and the Sabah Forestry Department.

“This is not only for Sabah, but also for Sarawak. I declare open war against these irresponsible parties. In Sabah, all the five GOF battalions have been tasked with combating illegal hunting activities and the plundering of forest treasures,” he said after presenting the IGP Letters of Appreciation to 16 General Operations Force (GOF) officers and staff at the 14th PGA Battalion Camp here yesterday.

Abdul Hamid said he was saddened to read in the morning news yesterday that another dead elephant was found floating in the Kinabatangan River.

“I have declared an all-out war against all forms of human cruelty to animals, flora and fauna throughout the country and have also made my commitment to the Peninsula to deploy two battalions in the fight against illegal hunting, the activities of stealing certain species of forests that are not found in other tropical forests, and to hunt for these intruders,” he said.

On another note, Abdul Hamid said he was very proud that the case of the elephant found shot 70 times was solved by Tawau police.

“I will not only work hard to catch (the perpetrators) but will ensure that the case is strong enough to be brought to court and to get convictions,” he said, stressing that not only will there be arrests, but PDRM will take action in due course and will follow up with the prosecutor to ensure that the case will not escape legal punishment.

“I am very serious about this, as Sabah has many attractions from animals to plants that have always been something people want to steal,” he said.

He said ‘God willing’ the flora and fauna in Sabah can be preserved for future generations.

Indicating that anyone involved will not be spared, including VVIPs, the IGP said PDRM will not be stopped in cases involving ordinary individuals or if there is evidence of a VVIP involved using their position to encroach and steal, PDRM will take the same action.

“I will make sure there are no cases that will be covered. My advice, be careful, stop before you get caught,” he said.

On the punishment, he said he wanted the mandatory punishment of whipping to be inflicted on them, and it is under process, and prayed that his wish becomes a reality. Those who hunt these animals will eventually be whipped.

“In the near future, I will endeavor to convince the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the government that we need this mandatory caning law as a deterrent,” he said.

Under the Ops Bersepadu Khazanah launched in September in the Peninsula, various successes have been achieved, he said.

“We have arrested Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese citizens and locals who have come to plunder the country’s forests,” he said.

The carcass of a pygmy elephant was found floating in the Kinabatangan River on Sunday morning. This was the third pygmy elephant killed after the first one in Sungai Dumpas, Kalabakan, Tawau on September 25. Another carcass was found in an oil palm plantation in Beluran on October 19
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Bill to take out 90 villages in forest reserves passed
Published on: Friday, November 22, 2019
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Kota Kinabalu: THE State Legislative Assembly passed an amendment to the Schedule to the Forests (Constitution of Forest Reserves and Amendment) Enactment 1984 (No.4 of 1984), taking out about 90 villages in forest reserves which altogether have about 3,800 houses and 20,000 population.

The Bill, which was the last of four passed on the last day of the sitting and tabled by Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister Arifin Asgali was meant to excise, constitute and reclassify 24 forest reserves.

It involved altogether 1,637.563 hectares within 24 forest reserves, representing about 0.05 per cent of the total State forest reserve area. While doing so, the Government also gazetted 2,154,372ha as forest reserve areas.

He said they include some 73.16ha of Mount Lumaku Forest Reserve Class I, Pababag Forest Reserve Class I (475ha), Kungkular Forest Reserve Class I (583ha), Tanjung Tumunong Hallo Forest Reserve Class I (140ha), Silam Forest Reserve Class I (56ha), Tamparuli Forest Reserve Class I (3ha), Pulau Banggi & Pulau Balambangan Forest Reserve Class I (6ha), Tawau Forest Reserve Class I (20ha), Kuala Segama & Kuala Maruap Forest Reserve Class I (5ha), Marudu Bay Forest Reserve Class I (2ha) and Kuala Bonggaya & Kuala Labuk Forest Reserve Class I (9ha) which were excised for villages purposes.

Also excised for village purposes are three hectares of Kuala Tomani Forest Reserve Class II, Bengkoka Peninsula Forest Reserve Class V (12ha), Sg Gum Gum & Sg Loboh Forest Reserve Class V (3ha), Kudat Forest Reserve Class V (3ha), Sg Sugut, Sg Paitan & Jambongan Forest Reserve Class V (10ha), Tawau Forest Reserve Class V (2ha), Abai Forest Reserve Class V (26ha), Kuala Bonggaya & Kuala Labuk Forest Reserve Class V (8 ha), Sulaman Lake Forest Reserve Class V (80ha), Semporna Forest Reserve Class V (112ha) and Trusan Kinabatangan Forest Reserve Class V (5ha), Mandahan Forest Reserve Class VI (0.403ha) and Apas Forest Reserve Class VI (one hectare).

“This will definitely bring great relief to the local villagers involved, as their villages are being gazetted as village reserve,” he said. Some 2.8 ha of forest in Sungai Tabangka, Sandakan, and 1,750ha of forest in Sungai Sumanggulu, Tenom, are also constituted as Forest Reserves Class I and be named as Sungai Tabangka Forest Reserve Class I and Sungai Sumanggulu Forest Reserve Class I, respectively, he said, adding these areas are found to have high conservation values.

“Two hectares of state land in Kinabatangan area are to be constituted as Forest Reserve Class IV and to be named as Pusat Luar Kulamba Forest Reserve Class IV. This area is found to be suitable for research and education purposes,” he said.

He said 18,092ha of forest in Sungai Kinabatangan area are constituted as Forest Reserve Class VI and be named as Gomantong, Materis, Bod Tai, Keruak and Pangi Forest Reserve (Extension III) Class VI, adding that this area is important for biodiversity and genetic conservation.
“Some 54.6 hectares of forest in Sepilok, Sandakan, and 65 hectares of forest in Sungai Dadong Kecil, Kunak, are to be constituted as Forest Reserve Class VI and be named as Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve (Extension II) Class VI and Dadong Forest Reserve Class VI, respectively. These areas are important for wildlife habitat and for biodiversity and genetic conservation.

“228.24 hectares of forest in Kulamba, Kinabatangan area and 33.64 hectares of forest in Sungai Segama, Kinabatangan, are constituted as Forest Reserve Class VII and be named as Kulamba Wildlife Reserve (Extension III) Class VII and Tabin Wildlife Reserve (Extension III) Class VII, respectively, for the purpose of protection and conservation of wildlife,” he said.

The Kulamba Wildlife Reserve will be equipped with an External Centre building meant for monitoring, enforcement and research in the nearby forest reserves by the Sabah Forestry Department and security forces like the marine police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) and the General Operations Force (GOF).

“Several basic amenities like office building, multipurpose hall, control post and monitoring tower will be built in this area, at the cost of RM2.1 million to be funded by the Federal Government,” he said.

The Tabin Wildlife Reserve (Extension III) Class VII was previously forested titled land which had been taken over by the Government through funding contributed by the Rhino & Forest Fund, as it is the habitat and corridor for wildlife as well as home to several flora and fauna species, he said, adding it was reported that the endangered Yellow-necked Sea Otters can also be found there.

Arifin said the excise will not have a significant impact on the overall size of the State forest reserve, especially when compared with the wellbeing of the people, especially those living in the villages involved.

But while excising the forest reserves concerned, he said, the Government also has the responsibility to ensure the total size of the State forest reserve is sufficient to provide ecosystem services like supplying clean water supply of quality and sustainable, preserving the flora and fauna and also as habitat for wildlife.

“This is in line with the Government obligation to ensure about 50 per cent of the State land area under forest cover, which is also in line with the country’s commitment at the international level,” he said.

“Therefore, the Government at the same time has also identified the areas to be gazetted as forest reserve area,” he said, adding that the State Government also thanked those non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which have raised fund and contributed to the take-over of forested land areas for conservation purpose.

Arifin said the move to excise the forest reserve areas concerned were not simply made but done for the interests and welfare of the people of Sabah, especially those in the rural area for the purpose of settlement.

“The move followed a strict selection and inspection process. Only those forest reserves which truly have a settlement or a village since long time ago are involved in the excise,” he said, adding the rest other areas which have also been identified will be included in the next proposals to be tabled in the State Legislative Assembly in future.

Meanwhile, Nabawan Assemblyman Datuk Bobbey Suan expressed disappointment because villages which are still in the forest reserves in Nabawan, Pensiangan area, since generations ago, were not included in the excise.

He asked whether the elected representatives were involved or asked to give views in the making the plan to take out the villages in the forest reserves as mentioned by Arifin.
This is important because the forest reserve community always asked them (elected representatives) about the matter, considering that they have been living in the forest reserves for generations.

“Therefore I proposed that next year, when there is any plan we want to do on land in the State, especially that involving the villages, the elected representatives and customary leaders concerned need to be involved in the planning or discussion because we know better the situation in our areas,” he said.

He appealed 18 villages and three national-type schools which are currently still in the forest reserves like Kg Siatu, Kg Babayasing, Kg Simohong, Kg Sibangali, Dobolon, Saliku, Sinapar, Kg Saliliran, Kg Kabu, Kg Pangaraan, Siwanal, Kawangku, Kg Katambalang, Sebungoh, Kg Silungai, Kg Pohon Batu, Kg Sumbiling and Kg Salarom, can be taken out from forest reserves and gazetted as a village and school areas. The schools are located at Kg Sibangali, Kg Saliliran and Kg Pohon Batu.

Kemabong Assembylman, Jamawi Jaafar, who is also the Government Backbenchers Club Chairman, expressed concern that the created Sungai Sumanggulu Forest Reserve Class I may affect the historical Rundum area which he is currently developing as a highland tourism destination in his constituency.

If this happened (if the forest reserve include Rundum area), he said it will not only affect the people but also all the development and tourism plans he has made and will implement.

Balung Assemblyman Datuk Osman Jamal hoped the excise will also include land being used as a burial ground by the villages concerned, so they will have sufficient land as cemetery.

He said like in his constituency, there is a burial ground about 10 acres, which would be nice if the size can be expanded to at least 50 acres.
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UMS, YS to collaborate on tropical biology, conservation
Published on: Friday, November 29, 2019
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KOTA KINABALU: Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Yayasan Sabah Group on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on research and training in the field of tropical biology and conservation in Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon.

It were signed between UMS Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin and Datuk Jamalul Kiram Datuk Mohd Zakaria, Yayasan Sabah Group Director, in a ceremony held at Hotelab, UMS, here.

Dr Taufiq said the MoU is a continuity of collaboration between both sides.

“UMS and Yayasan Sabah have long collaborated in the areas of research, education and training through the organising of expeditions, seminars and short courses.

“I hope with the MoU today will further strengthen the long-standing partnership between UMS and Yayasan Sabah, and is a strategic start that will open up more collaborations for the benefit of both parties,” he said.

He said the MoU was aimed at developing and promoting research, education and training programmes in the Yayasan Sabah conservation areas.

“UMS management is always welcome to any suggestions from the Yayasan Sabah to evaluate the future of this partnership.

“At the same time, it is possible to develop a foundation that is shaped by this understanding for mutual benefit, whether upstream or downstream,” he said.

Jamalul said the collaboration with UMS will further strengthen and expand their research projects related to the biodiversity of tropical forests around the concession areas of Yayasan Sabah, especially in the Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon.

He said through the research activities, it will also provide employment for young people around the areas.

“This understanding can also help UMS maximise its existing expertise and capacity in conducting research in the field of forest management and exploration of biodiversity like flora, fauna, fungi and so on.

“In this regard, Yayasan Sabah Group is committed to the success of research initiatives by providing trained researchers and infrastructure such as accommodation and laboratory equipment,” he said.

“The research activities will surely open up job more job opportunities for young people around the area such as porters, forest rangers and research assistants,” he said.
He said Yayasan Sabah has set minimum fees for students and researchers who have permit to conduct research in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon.

He hoped the MoU will generate more researches that will give impact to the development of the natural resources sector in Sabah.
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The Sumatran rhinoceros is now extinct in Malaysia. The country’s last rhino, Iman, died of cancer on Saturday, Malaysian officials reported. Tam, Malaysia’s last male rhino, died in May. The species is down to about 80 individuals, all living in Indonesia.
“Iman was given the very best care and attention since her capture in March 2014 right up to the moment she passed. No one could have done more,” said Christine Liew, Sabah State’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

Tam was discovered poking around an oil palm plantation in 2008. He was captured and transferred to the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in the state of Sabah. Efforts to breed him with two female rhinos—Puntung, captured in 2011, and Iman, captured in 2014—proved unsuccessful.
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