The Sarawak government is committed to ensuring forest resources are sustainably managed to meet the demands of the present and future generations, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
He said in ensuring the perpetuity of the forest resources for environmental protection, social economic of the community and the state, it is the state government’s policy that forest management certification is required for long-term forest concession.
“Forest management certification is an important tool to promote and communicate the state’s commitment to sustainable forest management to the global, national and local community,” he said when officiating at the Takasago-Unimas Educational Forest — tree planting programme at Unimas West Campus in Kota Samarahan on Saturday.
Taskasago-Unimas Educational Forest is a joint project between Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Japan-Malaysia Association and Takasago Thermal Engineering Co Ltd, an established engineering company in Japan to establish an educational forest where 25,000 trees will be planted on a 10ha piece of land at Unimas campus here.
He said the state government had allocated 2.7 million ha as Sarawak Heart of Borneo area besides setting a target to establish one million ha as Totally Protected Area to protect and conserve the wild flora and fauna. — Bernama