31 July 2018 – The 18th edition of Malaysian Forestry Conference (18th MFC 2018) has taken place in Imperial Hotel Kuching, Sarawak starting from today, 31st July till 2nd August 2018. Themed ‘Advancing Sustainable Forestry through Digitalization & Technology’, the conference will discover over 50 posters, 24 oral presentations, 3 plenary sessions along with a keynote address concerning forestry issues of local and global relevance accompanied by exciting and interactive Sarawak’s forest technology revolution conceptualized exhibition. The conference is held once every three years and is rotated between Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah Forestry Department, Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd and Forest Department Sarawak.

Jointly organised by Forest Department Sarawak and SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn Bhd, this three-day conference was graced by The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak, followed by a welcoming speech from Mr Hamden bin Haji Mohammad, Director of Forest Department Sarawak and keynote address by Ms. Sheam Satkuru-Granzella, Assistant Director Operations, The International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).  The event witnessed a presentation of Sustainable Forest Management Certification (SFM) and a launching of ‘Sarawak Logs Tracking and Forest Revenue System (REVLOG) Mobile Application’ that enables real-time monitoring of forests and mill licensing, harvesting, log tracking movement, revenue billings, as well as log exports has taken place during the ceremony.

About 600 participants and observers from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak are attending the conference. They were from three regional forestry agencies, various research and academic institutions related to forestry, relevant government agencies and ministries, timber industries and non-governmental agencies. Also present during the ceremony was YB Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDeNR), YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, Assistant Minister for Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment, YBhg Dr Hj Wan Lizozman Wan Omar, Permanent Secretary, MUDeNR, YBhg Datuk Sam Mannan, Director of Sabah Forestry Department, YBhg Datuk Borhanudin bin Haji Arshad, Deputy Director-General Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (Operations & Technical), YBrs Tuan Haji Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, Chief Executive Officer of SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn Bhd, Head of Departments and other dignitaries.

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