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1,048 trees planted in Tawau

TAWAU: The district planted 1,048 trees in conjunction with the 1 Heart 1 Tree Campaign to plant a million trees all over Sabah during the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) level at the Muhibbah Public Park yesterday.

TMC president Alijus Sipil said the program headed by the Sabah Court will be carried out in stages in the district with the help and advice from the Forestry Department and Agriculture Department.

He said it is also hoped that the public, departments and schools will take part in this program to make Tawau greener.

Tawau Sessions Court judge Indra Ayub said the project was inspired by Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjun to give awareness on the importance of caring for the environment, green concept, loving the environment and responsibility to take care of the environment.

He said Sabah Court had a special court for environment where cases concerning environment would be given priority and give awareness to the public that offense on environment was an issue that must be handled without delay.

Indra said the project started in Danum in January this year and moved to all over Sabah, and yesterday the campaign was launched in Tawau which was organized by Tawau Court with the cooperation from TMC, Forestry and Agriculture Departments which will see the planting of trees carried out until the year end.

He said as of yesterday, a total of 836,379 trees have been planted all over the state and encouraged members of the public to plant even at their own yard which will be taken into account.

Source: Borneo Post

Land policy for food production needed – Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: The state government needs to look at its land policy for food production, said Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun.

He said this was imperative to ensure the state was not dependent on others to supply its food needs in the future.

“About 75 percent of our rice is imported. We need to address this, we need to look at our land policy for food production. We need food for ourselves,” Masidi said, adding that this was his personal opinion.

He added that members of the government also seemed to feel the need to look at the land policy and feel that Sabah had probably reached the limit for oil palm.

“There is a need to sit with the planters to look at other crops such as food crops,” he said at the book launch of the ‘Orang-utan: The Natural History of an Endangered Ape’, authored by Elizabeth L. Bennett and photography by Cede Prudente. The book was published by the Natural History Publications (Borneo).

Masidi also spoke of the conservation efforts undertaken in Sabah, stating that it was the best in the country.

“Fifteen years ago we realised that we have enough (of) logging. We caused misery to our iconic animals,” he said.

The state has since decided to keep between 56 and 58 percent of its area under forest cover and is aiming for 30 percent as Totally Protected Areas (TPAs), he said.

“We are now at 25 percent in TPAs,” he said.

He added that they were expecting to achieve the target by or before 2025.

Additionally, a total of 700,000 hectares of forests are being planted to avoid cutting natural forests, he said.

And with regard to the orang-utans, Masidi said the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre had become a popular tourism attraction for Sabah.

He explained that the primary objective of setting up the centre was not for tourism but rather to rehabilitate orang-utans that were displaced in the past.

“It accidentally became a tourist attraction. It is not a zoo but a rehab centre. Some tour operators feel short changed because they did not see orang-utans during feeding time. But this is a good sign. It means that the (rehabilitation) programme has been successful,” said Masidi.

Also present at the event was publisher Datuk C.L. Chan.

Source: Borneo Post

Crucial builders’ role in green construction: Yeo

Kota Kinabalu: The construction industry plays a critical role in promoting green construction by conforming to the guideline as provided for in the green building index, said Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

“Conformance is vital like when we are faced with the daunting task of tackling large amounts of illegal waste dumping within Kota Kinabalu city,” he said while officiating at the Earth Day 2017 celebration at the Oceanus Waterfront Mall here on Saturday.

Yeo’s speech was delivered by City Hall Deputy Director General (Operations) Noorliza Awang Alip.

“The application of green construction as part of the sustainable development concept will enable us to meet our present needs without having to deprive our future generations of the same needs.

“City Hall has long been an advocate and driving force towards green environment, particularly reduction of waste at source,” he said.

“The formulation of a solid waste master plan will provide us with the strategies, plans and implementation programmes that will promote a cleaner and greener environment for the city,” he added.

Yeo said he was pleased to see the level of commitment from all industry players especially the construction industry players who seek ‘to do better’ in green environment.

“The next step is to put our commitment into action. I believe the industry is similarly ready to do the same.

“Let us therefore work towards a greener environment and create a living environment for our future generations, this is also, in line with City Hall’s vision to make ‘Kota Kinabalu a clean, green and liveable city'”, he said.

Yeo also said that he was very happy to cooperate and give his full support to non-government organisations such as Sabah Construction and Domestic Waste Management Association (SCDWA) to develop and implement the necessary strategies, plans to address the illegal waste dumping issues and to enhance public awareness among the city dwellers in the city.

Green environment especially in construction has been a topic of great interest in the local construction industry over the last few years, he said.

“I am most delighted to learn that the industry is keen to join hands with the non-government organisations to further enhance our living environment.”

Also present were City Hall Director of Research and Innovation Department Benedick Oliver Lidadun, SCDWA president Steve Yeo and Oceanus Waterfront Mall general manager Mall operations Yong Kwo Gee. – Jo Ann Mool

Source: Daily Express

Sabah first to launch policy on environment

KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman launched the Sabah State Policy on the Environment during the 14th State Assembly Sitting here yesterday, making Sabah the first state to have initiated the formulation of the policy.

The policy outlines strategies and action plans based on five thematic aspects of the environment, namely land, air, water, biodiversity and social dimension.

To ensure effective implementation of the policy, the state government through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment has just completed 83 strategies and 195 action plans based on the thematic aspects.

The action plans for the Sabah State Policy on the Environment will be implemented for 15 years from 2018 to 2033.

The policy outlines three objectives, namely to provide a vision for environmental conditions and standards, an environmental framework for regulatory mechanisms, and guidance for all decision makers and implementing agencies in the execution of the mandates and duties.

The policy principles are based on clean air, healthy rivers and forests, productive land, bountiful seas and cohesive communities.

To ensure relevancy, the policy includes up-to-date global concepts and values such as a green economy, balanced production and consumption, preservation of environmental and cultural heritage, protection of biodiversity, participation in global efforts for carbon balancing and other aspects of good governance.

Musa said the state’s policy on the environment was an important landmark for Sabah in managing the environment and its natural resources.

“It is formulated to take into account the importance of environmental stewardship and for the state of Sabah to practise environmental governance. The formulation of the policy is timely for Sabah, in view of the necessities to improve environmental performance in all sectors of the state economy as well as the society.

“The state’s robust economic developments have depended closely on the utilisation of natural resources which has brought immense benefits to  society. Thus, the state government has continuously endeavoured to harmonise the escalating challenges in the management of the environment and the natural resources,” he said.

Musa added that the environmental problems faced today were increasingly complex and required a broader cross sectoral and societal response.

He said he was proud to announce that Sabah was the first state to have initiated the formulation of the State Environmental Policy after the National Policy on the Environment was adopted in 2002.

The processes of getting views and opinions from all stakeholders started as early as 2011 and the policy formulation process completed in 2014.

The state will continue to gear up as Sabah’s abundant natural resources and the environment are very delicate, thus requiring complete sets of strategic planning, management and implementation.

“The policy serves as guidance for our Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and other related ministries to carry out our respective responsibilities in managing the state’s natural resources and environmental affairs.”

With clear policy objectives, he urged all parties to work closely together to ensure successful implementation of the policy for the people of Sabah.

He congratulated the Environment Protection Department, an agency under the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment for the successful formulation of the timely policy.

“I note that the policy will form as catalyst to make the state of Sabah a liveable state based on its strategic location, high diversity natural resources, cultures and heritage of the people and a clean and healthy environment,” Musa said.

 

Source : The Borneo Post

Joniston pushing for rural tourism programme to empower villagers

KOTA KINABALU: Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai has suggested the introduction of a Rural Mini Tourism Programme to hasten efforts to eradicate poverty and economically empower the rural population.

The Sabah Tourism Board (STB) chairman cited that a study by his board’s Product and Rural Tourism Development Unit done at various rural villages throughout the state, revealed their vast tourism potential.

Making the suggestion when debating the government policy speech at the state assembly sitting here, he said STB’s visits had revealed the eagerness amongst rural communities to participate in tourism initiatives.

“We should leverage on the growing awareness and interest among rural folks in tourism to push the industry as an alternative source of income and economic empowerment for them,” he asserted.

According to Joniston, the rustic charm, and clean and fresh air of rural areas make them attractive to foreign visitors from developed countries like Japan and Korea, who are able to savour the unspoilt environment – an activity known as ‘forest bathing’ or ‘lung washing’.

The proposed Rural Mini Tourism Programme would not only take advantage of this fact, but also help create awareness among the rural folks to keep their villages clean and protect the environment, which is critical in attracting visitors, he added.

He said the programme could be conducted similar to the Mesej programmes under the auspices of the state Rural Development Ministry.

“While Mesej’s focus is agriculture and land development, the proposed Rural Mini Tourism Programme could focus on eco-tourism, culture tourism, heritage tourism, traditional food and drinks tourism and adventure tourism,” he elaborated.

 

Source : New Straits Times