Friday, July 09, 2010

Sabah wetlands face pollution effects

SANDAKAN: Malaysia has internationally-recognised wetlands, and the largest one is the 78,000ha Ramsar Site in Sabah.

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance, designated under the Ramsar Conven­tion, an international agreement signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. It provides for the conservation and good use of wetlands.

The Ramsar site in Sabah covers the Trusan Kinabatangan, Kuala Segama-Maruap Mangrove Forest Reserve and the Kulamba Wildlife Forest Reserve located at the lower Kinabatangan-Segama, accounting for nearly 60% of the remaining mangrove forests in Malaysia.

Malaysia has employed the help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in protecting the site, which is part of the efforts under the Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation (BBEC) Programme in Sabah.

The programme is now in Phase II.

JICA helps by providing technical expertise and advice in implementing good conservation activities.

However, BBEC II chief advisor Motohiro Hasegawa told Bernama that a few challenges needed to be sorted out or the maintenance of Sabah’s biodiversity-rich Ramsar Site would be an uphill task.

Hasegawa said the major threat to the Sabah Ramsar Site was the pollution from oil palm plantations.

Other threats, he said, were limited.

The Ramsar site was mostly situated at the lower part of a large river basin, he said, so unless good conservation activities were imposed in the upper area of this river basin, the site would be threatened.

He said the upper areas of the Ramsar site was the Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon which were pristine, untouched, forests. However, oil palm mills and plantations clutter the middle part.

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1 comment:

Rock on Me said...

Wowww i did not know about this before. To many things, we all hope only for the good to Sabahans!