KOTA KINABALU: The people living outside the Crocker range biosphere reserve (CRBR) has a significant role to play in managing the sustainability of CRBR because these areas are the main sources of water for the whole areas of west coast and interior of Sabah, said Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.
“Therefore people who are living outside the CRBR who are enjoying clean water should be involved in providing support in ensuring the continuity of supply of clean and reliable source of water,” said Masidi in his text of speech read on his behalf by Deputy State Secretary (development) Datuk Joseph Guntavid during the launch of a seminar on “Towards Sustainable Development in Harmony with Nature in CRBR” at a hotel here yesterday.
According to him, the Crocker range was registered as a biosphere reserve under Unesco’s man and biosphere programme in June 2013 covering a size of 350,584ha where 60,313ha and 144,779ha are buffer and transition zone which are inhibited and socio-economic or production landscape of people.
A well-managed sustainable areas will ensure continuous supply of resources for the present and future generations as well as protect the people from floods and landslide caused by opening of forest and removal of earth rampantly, he said.
“Hundreds of millions of ringgit spent by government in building infrastructures to mitigate the flood will not be enough if we keep cutting the forest and worst if we cut down the hill altogether,” stressed Masidi.-Sayangsabah