Tuesday, April 3, 2012

State gazettes 1,000,000ha of forests for conservation

The state government has gazetted about a million hectares of forest in Perak for conservation efforts.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state would continue to closely follow the principles of sustainable forest management to ensure a balanced development.

“After all, the forest is one of the state’s main sources of income,” he said after opening the national-level World Forestry Day celebration at the Matang Eco Education Centre on Mangroves near Kuala Sapetang, Taiping recently.

Dr Zambry revealed that under the 9th Malaysia Plan, permission was given to log about 7,770ha of forests in the state.“But this was reduced to 6,990ha under the 10th Malaysia Plan,” he added.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the Federal Government had allocated RM60mil to build an ecology corridor in Gerik.

“Of this, RM3.3mil had been approved for preliminary works to be carried out this year.

“Another RM29.6mil will be used to construct a viaduct next year,” Douglas said in his speech, which was read out by the ministry’s deputy secretary-general (environment) Datuk Dr Ab Rahim Nik.

The ecology corridor will be one of five main ecological networks to be created under the Central Forest Spine, which forms the backbone of a network of environmentally sensitive areas.

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