Sustainable Sarawak Master Plan to guide all sectors and communities, says Abg Jo


Abang Johari receives a souvenir from Sylvia Alsisto, representative of the Sabah Wildlife Department. Also seen from the right are Len Talif, Zolkipli and Dr. Hazland. – Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING (March 29): The Sustainable Sarawak Master Plan being developed will guide all sectors and communities in the state to achieve sustainability goals, said Sarawak Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Open g.

Abang Johari, who is also Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability, said Sarawak will prioritize environmental sustainability, align its development path with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and pursue balanced economic growth. by adopting a responsible approach to the development of its natural resources. .

“Following this, Sarawak will develop a Sustainable Sarawak Master Plan to guide all government agencies, businesses and communities in achieving its desired sustainability goals.

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“The plan will address concerns related to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation and the simultaneous creation of an enabling environment with modern infrastructure in tandem with the country’s fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0,” he said at the inaugural ceremony today. Malaysian Conservation Conference 2022.

He said Sarawak must take note of the rapid decline of various species and ecosystems around the world and that 25% of flora and fauna are threatened with extinction.

Although Sarawak still has a lot of forested areas compared to other parts of the world, he said the 2019 Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services should be a wake-up call for everyone. ensures that the environment is taken care of for the present and the future. generations.

“Sarawak’s natural resources and forest areas are one of Malaysia’s major carbon sinks and biodiversity hotspots. Therefore, for me, responsible management is essential to support Malaysia’s commitment to keep at least 50% of the country under forest cover.

“Today, as Prime Minister of Sarawak, you have my word that Sarawak is committed to conserving six million hectares of land as permanent forests and one million hectares as Totally Protected Areas (TPA )”, did he declare.

Abang Johari stressed that Sarawak is committed to ensuring that environmental sustainability is part of the main core of the development initiative.

“Our goal is to ensure the continuation of environmentally responsible practices such as greening efforts and improved enforcement of the regulatory framework to strengthen our environmental conservation efforts.

“Therefore, in the post-Covid-19 2030 development strategy, environmental sustainability is included as one of the three main pillars which corresponds to the vision, strategies, initiatives, projects and policies of the State. that will steer Sarawak towards its 2030 goals by ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all through sustainable forest management policies as well as the adoption of new technologies and innovation,” he said. declared.

It is also to support Malaysia’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity by 45% economy-wide based on gross domestic product in 2030, did he declare.

He added that Sarawak will also develop smart city master plans that will take into account environmental sustainability related to urbanization.

“In fact, a Kuching smart city master plan has already been developed with low-carbon mobility and smart city infrastructure being considered for the capital,” he said.

Those present included Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Urban Development Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr. Hazland Abang Hipni and CEO of Sarawak Forestry Corporation , Zolkipli Mohamad Aton.


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