The State Government remains committed in ensuring its forest and forest resources are managed in a sustainable manner.
Jack Liam, representing Director of Forests Tuan Hamden Haji Mohammad, said the Asia Pacific Network For Sustainable Forest Management And Rehabilitation (APFNet) project is in line with the government’s initiative through certification of long term timber licences as Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) certified.
He added, there are 6 SFM certified areas covering 561,703 hectares of natural forests in Sarawak, and also 5 licences for planted forest covering an area of 75,493.35 hectares certified under forest plantation.
He further said, this commitment is further affirmed by the policy that requiring all long term timber licences to obtain forest management certification by the year 2022.
He said this in the APFNet Seminar held at Hilton Hotel in Kuching.
He also expressed hope that the collaboration projects such as APFNet, ITTO project, FAO and others could be further enhanced especially in the area of sustainable forest management. By Alia Tenor