KOTA KINABALU: The state government is committed in sustainable development for the protection of natural ecosystem in Sabah.
The Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman, said the state government together with the federal government will continue to implement various initiatives such as the Heart of Borneo (HOB) programme and Ramsar Convention for wetland issues.
“Malaysia’s main approach for ecosystem preservation in Sabah is through the inland ecosystem protection,” he said during the international convention for HOB Landscape via Water Catchment Corridor & Sabah Ramsar Conference, this morning.
He said the land gazette is the biggest in Malaysia, where the percentage is much larger compared to the United Nation’s target of 10 percent, and the Biological Convention which requires 17 percent of ecosystem diversities.
He also said Sabah has also increased its TPA size to 30 percent within a ten years period.
The state government, he said, with the cooperation of the State Forestry Department will continue to maintain HOB through the protection of gazetted government’s lands for the programme.
“The initiative is in line with the mission of the department, which is to plan and execute management of forest resource in the state in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management and effective biodiversity preservation,” he said.
He added that the conference this year also aims to make HOB as a corridor for healthy water catchment area.
Rivers, lakes, and wetlands are important landscapes for HOB in sustaining life and thus need to be protected.
However, the earthquake disaster that struck Sabah in June has affected the geographical structures around Mount Kinabalu.
“We should learn from the incident and make our resource management more efficient for a better environment,” he added. –SayangSabah