International recognition for the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU: The Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands has been officially designated as Sabah’s first and Malaysia’s largest Ramsar site.
This declaration was made at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar COP10) in Changwon, Korea on Tuesday.
It not only names the 6th Ramsar site in Malaysia, but also makes the area Sabah’s first Ramsar site as well as Malaysia’s largest, extending over 78,803 hectares of mangrove forests and peat swamp on the east coast.
Dr. Nick Davidson, Deputy Secretary General, Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention presented the official certificate to Abdul Fatah Amir, director of the Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SBC) at the Ramsar COP 10.
The site comprises three contiguous forest reserves namely Trusan Kinabatangan Forest Reserve (40,471 ha), Kulamba Wildlife Reserve (20,682 ha), and Kuala Maruap and Kuala Segama Forest Reserve (17,650 ha).
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