KUCHING: The Sarawak state government is committed in ensuring the forest and forest resources are managed in a sustainable manner.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg said, the goverment has put in place a forest policy statement since 1954 to ensure the forest will not be destroyed in the face of modernisation and development.
However, he added, rapid socio-economic development has prompted the government to re-look its policies and ordinances to strengthen our forest management and wood-based industries.
He said this in a speech during the launching of the 18th Malaysian Forest Conference here.
He further said, among the policies being reviewed and newly introduced are Sarawak Forest Policy, Forest Management Certification, Development of Planted or Industrial Forest, Wood Industries Development Plan, Raw Material for timber industries, and Forest Revenue.
The state government he added, has also made it mandatory for all long-term forest timber licences to obtain Forest Management Certification by 2022.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan and Assistant Minister for Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh.