Saturday, June 06, 2015

Heart of Borneo (HoB) a catalyst for sustainability


MIRI: The long-term commitment by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei to conserve and manage the contiguous tropical forests remaining in Borneo and the incredible biodiversity within, must be unwavering to be preserved as a legacy for generations to come.

Acknowledging that pledge, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said a large portion of Borneo’s primary forests has gone to logging and farming and hence, the need for sustainable use of the state’s natural resources.

Adenan, in his prepared speech for the Global Communications Project (GlobCom 2015) Symposium on the Heart of Borneo (HoB) Initiative delivered by Assistant Minister of Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin, said: “It serves as a positive catalyst to encourage the wise and careful use of Borneo’s natural resources and brings together agencies, non-governmental organizations, institutions and others to develop and implement plans on how to manage the region’s remaining forest sustainably for the benefit of all Bornean people, now and in the future.”

For Sarawak, the Heart of Borneo programme has five pillars which include the conservation of biological diversity; sustainable forest management; eco-tourism based on culture, adventure and nature; community-based rural poverty eradication; and sustainable agriculture and land use.

“These areas are among my administration’s top priorities and we are always looking for ways and means to develop, strengthen and promote our conservation, eco-tourism and sustainable development efforts,” Adenan said.

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