SAFEGUARDING LAMBIR HILLS NATIONAL PARK THROUGH COMMUNITIES AND STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVEMENT

KUCHING, 29 JULY 2018 – 27/07/2018, Last Friday, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (SFCSB) had organized an engagement session with surrounding stakeholders of LHNP for a project entitled ‘Promoting Ecological Sustainability through Integration; Lambir Hills National Park (LHNP) and Its Surroundings’ at Imperial Palace Hotel, Miri. The project which is funded by Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment Malaysia under its National Conservation Trust Fund (NCTF) is part of the long term strategies by Malaysia in promoting sustainable development where managing natural resources and conserving the environment are integral. LHNP offers an excellent site for the project, being one that is widely considered as having the best representation of the Mixed Dipterocarp Forest ecosystem in Sarawak and is surrounded by local communities settlement and oil palm plantations.

The objective of the workshop was to inculcate better understanding among surrounding stakeholders and communities whereby the ecosystem services from an ecologically functioning LHNP promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable manner for the benefit of all parties. In the long run the changes in mindset would translate in action for protection of an ecosystem on a more holistic and landscape-based approach.

On hand to deliver the welcoming address was SFCSB’s CEO, Haji Zolkipli bin Mohamad Aton, who expressed his delight in seeing the strong attendance made up of all the relevant communities and stakeholders, local agencies and academician, setting the project on the right footing. He further added that, SFCSB as the implementing agency hoped that the current avenue for SFCSB in addressing similar concerns such as the ‘Honorary Wildlife Rangers’ and its communication, education and public awareness program (CEPA) would work in tandem with the project in achieving its goal for the well-being of LHNP and all its communities. In all, a total of 53 participants from 40 stakeholders attended the workshop.

Two papers were presented on the day by Dr. Roland Kueh Jui Heng from Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bintulu Campus and Mrs. Monica Mone Lubong from Malaysia Palm Oil Certification Council where topic on ecological sustainability and principal requirement for palm oil certification based on environment, natural resources, biodiversity and ecosystem services were presented respectively.

The order of the day progresses with group discussion where inputs from the groups would be useful to cater for follow-up workshops and trainings for the communities and stakeholders.