Friday, February 02, 2007

Loagan Bunut in Sarawak to host World Wetlands Day

MIRI— A seminar on wetland and fishery will be held from Feb 3-4 at Loagan Bunut National Park, in conjunction with the annual World Wetlands Day that falls on Feb 2.

The seminar is organised by the United Nations Development Programme/Global Environment Facility (UNDP/GEF) in collaboration with Education Department, Forest Department, Agriculture Department, Natural Resources and Environment, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), and Loagan Bunut Fishery Management Committee (LBFMC).

According to the organising spokesperson, Loagan Bunut National Park (LBNP) had been chosen as the venue for the state level celebration since the park was composed of more than 80% peat swamp forest and its associated wetland ecosystems.

"With the importance of the lake to the ecosystem integrity of the LBNP especially the fishery hence the livelihood of the ethnic Berawans, it is very appropriate that the event be commemorated and celebrated there," he said.

Loagan Bunut National Park is composed of a huge, natural freshwater lake and is home to many variety of fish species while the local population, the Berawans, depend on the lake and its ecosystem for their livelihood since time immemorial.

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