KUCHING: The Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative has attracted high profile publicity especially among non-governmental organisations worldwide.For Sarawak, the implementation of the initiative is in tandem with the state’s overall development agenda.
Speaking on the matter during the second day of ‘Regional Symposium on Orangutan Conservation’ at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel here yesterday, senior assistant director for international affairs in the state Forest Department, Sapuan Ahmad, said the project would focus on five key areas identified in the project document (PD).
These areas are sustainable agriculture; sustainable forest management; conservation of biological diversity (including transboundary biodiversity conservation area networks); community based/rural poverty eradication programme; and ecotourism based on culture, adventure and nature (CAN).
He further stressed that the initiative could benefit the state by attracting more bilateral and multilateral collaboration, providing platform for promoting Sarawak’s efforts in conservation and sustainable forest management; encouraging stakeholders’ cooperation through information sharing and implementation of joint activities; and enhancing capacity building through bilateral and multilateral collaboration.
The HoB Initiative is a conservation and sustainable development programme aimed at conserving and managing the contiguous tropical forest in Borneo.
Its objective is to conserve the last expanse of contiguous forest to maximise transboundary linkages; to promote the expansion of protected area network; maintain forest connectivity; and to ensure sustainable land use practices.
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