Monday, May 23, 2011

Green Tourism: Marudu’s bay of opportunity

KOTA KINABALU: A Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) study has identified several business opportunities in Marudu Bay such as “green” tourism and oyster breeding,

Science, Technology and Inno­vation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said other opportunities included homestays, aquaculture, sea cucumber and cage fish rearing, mangrove boardwalks and observatories for birds.

He said an integrated eco-resource management study by a team of university researchers on Marudu Bay was almost completed.

The study – involving UPM, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sabah – spells out sustainable development programmes to preserve the eco-system in Marudu Bay, while using the resources to uplift the livelihood of the people there, he said.

“Some of the findings, such as UPM’s Mangrove Ecosystem Study and Resource Management for Seafood and Sustainable Eco-tourism for Coastal Communities’, have been documented,” he said at the launch of the Marudu Bay Carnival in Kota Marudu, about 120km from here yesterday.

As a result of the study, a workshop on eco-tourism management was conducted for 32 participants from eight villages, which have the potential to be developed for eco-tourism.

It is part of a series of workshops meant to expose participants to the eco-diversity of Marudu Bay and its potentials.

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