Sandakan, Malaysia: KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd is set to become the first forest management unit (FMU) to implement wildlife monitoring and enforcement programme using Management Information System (MIST).
The MIST is a GIS database, which enables all data to be linked spatially. Raymond Alfred, head of conservation and research of Borneo Conservation Trust, explained that with the implementation of MIST, it is possible to not only compare standardised indicators for anti-encroaching effectiveness between teams, conservation sites and time periods, but also to view results on maps that show where events occur and how often they occur in certain areas.
Recently, a two-day honorary wildlife warden course was conducted at Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve, a FMU under the management of KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd in Sandakan. The course, attended by 14 participants, was jointly organised by Sabah Wildlife Department and Borneo Conservation Trust, and aimed to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of the FMU staff to handle illegal hunting issues as part of the systematic monitoring and enforcement programme in the forest reserve.
According to Alfred, this course is the initial step before a systematic monitoring and enforcement programme using MIST can be implemented in Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve.