Friday, May 05, 2017

Sarawak mulls extending Heart of Borneo area

KUCHING: Sarawak is considering extending the area covered by the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative from the current 2.1 million ha.

Assistant Minister of Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh said while the total area to be extended has not been confirmed, the Forest Department is studying the proposal.

At present Sarawak has set aside 2.1 million ha for the initiative, which is around 15 per cent of the total area under HoB.

“It is about time for us to extend the area of HoB, from Batang Ai to the western part of Sarawak along the border which covers the Kelingkang range, Bengoh range, Gunung Gading National Park and all the way up to Tanjung Datu National Park,” Len said during the HoB Long Banga Scientific Expedition Seminar welcoming dinner on Wednesday.

Len, who is also Kuala Rajang assemblyman, said the proposal will not harm existing land use but instead enhance resource management of the area.

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