Sunday, March 01, 2015

Kuching Wetlands an eco-legacy for tourists too

KUCHING: The Kuching Wetlands National Park (KWNP) is gaining popularity especially among tourists, with an estimated four to five tourist boats visiting the area daily.

According to Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, the 6,610-ha sanctuary located 15 km from the city centre is host to a variety of inhabitants such as crocodiles, Irrawaddy dolphins and proboscis monkeys which have been recorded in KWNP.

“The uniqueness of KWNP is an important tool as a marketing point to promote KWNP to the outside world,” said Dr Abdul Rahman.

He was speaking at the state-level World Wetlands Day at KWNP yesterday.

“Apart from being the habitat to various species, the wetlands also act as a natural sponge that traps and slowly release surface water, preventing floods,” he said.

Dr Abdul Rahman said the new generation, particularly youths, must be well informed on the importance of wetlands.