Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sarawak to protect more wetlands

KUCHING: The Sarawak Forest Department plans to have three of its national parks – Loagan Bunut in Miri, Maludam in Sri Aman and Pulau Bruit in Mukah – gazetted as sites under Ramsar, the international convention on wetlands.

“We have to study whether these parks can meet the Ramsar criteria.

“Once the proposal is ready, we’ll present it to the state government. If it agrees, the proposal will then be forwarded to the federal government,” acting state forest director Ali Yusop told reporters after the launching of World Wetlands Day at Kampung Pulau Salak, about 20km from here yesterday.

The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance or the Ramsar Convention is an inter-governmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation of wetlands and their resources.

Malaysia has six Ramsar sites namely Tasik Bera in Pahang; Tan-jung Piai, Pulau Kukup and Sungai Kulai in Johor; Kuching Wetland National Park in Sarawak; and Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetland in Sabah.

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