Monday, June 28, 2010

Green corridors the size of Iceland to be set up in Sabah and Sarawak

Malaysia’s plans to conserve two massive green corridors in the Peninsula and in Sabah and Sarawak under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) will cover a combined area the size of Iceland.

Significantly, it will protect rare flora and fauna not found elsewhere, in one of the most recognised bio-diversified spots in the world.

In tabling the 10MP recently, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak unveiled plans to implement the 4.32 million hectare ‘Central Forest Spine’ (CFS) in Peninsular Malaysia, and another six million hectares in Sabah and Sarawak for the ‘Heart of Borneo’ initiative.

CFS links four major forest complexes from Perlis in the north to Johor in the south, namely Banjaran Titiwangsa-Banjaran Bintang-Banjaran Nakawan, Taman Negara-Banjaran Timur, South East Pahang-Chini and Bera and the Endau Rompin Park-Kluang Wildlife Reserve.

World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma told Bernama:

“The key outcome of the successful implementation of the CFS is that significant forest habitats and existing natural corridors will be protected whilst restoring connectivity between fragmented forests, via a network of ecological linkages or wildlife corridors.

“The corridors would allow for the safe movement of wildlife between one forested area to another with minimal contact with humans and in this way, reduce the potential for conflicts between humans and wildlife.”

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