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Malaysia chosen as a sustainable forest management model by UNDP

Malaysia has been chosen by the United Nations’ Development Programme (UNDP) as the sustainable forest management model for developing countries to emulate. Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Anifah Aman said Malaysia had also been acknowledged by the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) as being among the potential countries in terms of sustainable forest management. Speaking at the launching of the national level 32nd World Forestry Day celebration at the Segaliud-Lokan Forest Reserve here, Anifah said the sustainable management approach was devised to ensure forestry resources could be economically harvested repeatedly within specific periods. GIS and remote sensing are sophisticated technologies that assisted efficiently in the management of forestry.

In this respect, he said the country had introduced a system called timber coup that limits the number of logs felled within a concession area in a year. “If we log in wider areas now, we may no longer have anymore in the future and this will not only result in problems to forestry management because of lack of resources but also disruptions to environmental stability,” he said. Most importantly, Anifah said the government’s objective in reaping benefit from the forestry would also be affected.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that our forest management is based on the specified Malaysian Criteria and Indicators (MC&I) also known as the Malaysian Timber Certification Council Scheme,” he said. The government, in giving the country’s timber industry an edge in the global market, had responded to the ITTO’s requirement in 2000 while several systems which had been either reviewed or enhanced in line with current needs.

Malaysia’s commitment to the forestry issue globally is also reflected through its active participation in various conventions that dwell on related issues. Anifah also called on the industry’s players to incorporate knowledge and latest technology with the exploration and forestry resource management to diversify resource usage. Among those attending the ceremony were Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, Speaker Datuk Juhar Mahiruddin, Peninsular Malaysia Forestry Deputy Director General Shaharuddin Ismail and Municipal Council President Datuk Adeline Leong.