MoU to enhance sustainable dev’t
By : NewsDesk
Date Posted : Friday 13-Nov-2015
MIRI: The state Forest Department (FDS) and WWF-Malaysia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that aims at strengthening both parties’ collaboration to assist the state achieves its conservation goals and objectives of sustainable development.
The state’s conservation goals and objectives cover strengthening environmental protection and management in priority conservation areas, promoting protection of ecosystems, and facilitating greater integration of biodiversity and ecosystem services conservation into development planning for sustainable development.
This five-year MoU took effect on 11 November, 2015.
Forest Department director Haji Sapuan Ahmad and WWF-Malaysia chief executive Officer Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma signed the MoU and witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Adenan Satem during the department’s Annual Excellence Service Award Dinner and Presentation held at a leading hotel here on Wednesday.
The areas of collaboration include programmes offered to or by either party that will contribute in enhancing the collaborative relationship and exchange of technical know-how through workshops, seminars, field expeditions, policy drafting and analyses, training, research and exchange of information.
The collaborative activities cover documentation work for the gazettement of new areas as Totally Protected Area (TPA), exploring mechanisms within the legal framework and to provide technical support to establish community based protected areas, and developing pilot integrated watershed management plan for water security in identified watershed within Permanent Forest Estates and TPAs.
The cooperation also comprises providing technical support to enhance timber legality assurance system in Sarawak and to implement the system in pilot study areas, technical support for promotion of Sustainable Forest Management leading towards Forest Management Certification in Sarawak, and promoting systematic conservation planning approach by developing a map of Priority Conservation Areas for Sarawak where future TPAs and conservation areas may be identified.
Also present to witness the MoU signing ceremony were Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Assistant Minister of Resource Planning Datuk Haji Mohd Naroden Majais and Assistant Minister of Communication Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
- Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem (standing fourth right), with Datuk Amar Awang Tengah (third right), Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Ghani (fourth left), Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais (second left), Datuk Lee Kim Shin (right) and others, witnessing Sapuan Ahmad (seated left) and Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma signing the memorandum of understanding (MoU).