MIRI: World Heritage site – Gunung Mulu National Park (GMNP) can expect an enhanced management planning and implementation under the Asean Heritage Parks (AHP) Programme.
The programme initiated last year is managed and implemented by the Asean Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) under the auspice of the Asean Member States (AMS).
ACB’s programme specialist for capacity development and coordinator Norman Emmanuel C. Ramirez said this year ACB and the Government of Japan, through the Japan-Asean Integration Fund (JAIF) has embarked on a partnership to implement a project “Asean Heritage Parks Development through Capacity Enhancement and Information Development”.
“The project focuses on enhancing the capacity of staff from four selected AHPs in the Philippines (Mts Iglit Baco National Park), Lao PDR (Nam Ha National Protected Area), Thailand (Tarutao National Park), and Malaysia (Gunung Mluu National Park),” he said
Norman was speaking to The Borneo Post in Miri yesterday after presenting a paper on the overview of ACB and AHP during the Orientation-Meeting on Management Planning for Stakeholders of Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia.
He added that the programme deals with project activities that would effectively manage and develop the parks of which eleven priority forms of interventions to assist AHPs have been identified.
They are Capacity Development, Information Sharing Network, Technical Exchange Programme, Public Awareness and Education, Promotion of Recreation, Tourism and Ecotourism, Participation in Joint Research Programme, Management Improvement Programme, Partnership and Collaboration, Involvement of IPLCs and Other Stakeholders, Development/Review/Updating of Management Plans and Sustainable Financing
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