Sarawak Forestry And Japanese Company Collaborate In Park Rehabilitation

Posted on June 14, 2010. Filed under: Forestry/Wetlands |

(Bernama) — The Sarawak Forestry Corporation and a Japanese company are collaborating in the rehabilitation of the Sama Jaya Forest Park, one of the oldest protected areas in Sarawak, by planting about 20,000 trees of various indigenous species in the next three years.

The project was initiated with a MoU signed between Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Centre (JIFRO) and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) in partnership with the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) in December last year.

The project, funded by Toho Gas Corporation Ltd, a company that supplies gas around Nagoya in Japan, with RM187,000 aims to rehabilitate the degraded areas in the Sama Jaya Forest Park, thus contributing to the conservation of the park’s ecosystem.

Thirty-six hectares will be developed and about 20,000 trees of various indigenous species such as Belian, Ramin, Dipterocarp, and wild fruit trees will be planted in the Sama Jaya Forest Park, Tabuan Jaya, here.

The implementation of the project will be in three phases and involved planting in land-filled areas and enrichment planting in forested areas.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Len Talif Salleh launched the rehabilitation programme, here Monday. Also present were Toho Gas Co. Ltd’s Environment Affairs Department general manager Akio Muramatsu.

In his speech, Len Talif said through the implementation of the forest rehabilitation project, friendship between Japan and Malaysia would be strengthened.

“It is indeed a remarkable effort to kick-start the forest rehabilitation project here which will benefit the generations of today and tomorrow,” he said.

The Sama Jaya Forest Park, situated entirely within Kuching’s City limits in the suburb of Tabuan Jaya, is the first multi-purpose urban forest park in Sarawak.

It consists mostly of kerangas forest, providing a valuable green lung for the city, educational and recreational facilities for its people, and an important refuge for urban wildlife.

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