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Old July 25th, 2019, 01:49 PM   #1
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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
By: Bernama


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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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Old July 31st, 2019, 08:40 PM   #3
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Malaysia working to tighten laws on forest protection, says minister
Reuters July 31, 2019 18:02 pm +08

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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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