Land areas under HoB important for carbon storage

Datuk Len Talif Salleh
02/08/2022 04:04 PM

KUCHING, Aug 2 (Bernama) -- The land areas under the Heart of Borneo (HoB) conservation initiative will become areas of critical importance for carbon storage, said Sarawak Deputy Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

Hence, he said the HoB Initiative will be benefiting from the recent amendment to the State Land Code and Forests Ordinance, especially in monitoring the activities of carbon in the state.

“Wider definition of forest product by including forest carbon in the amendments of Forest Ordinance will strengthen the forest management in the state apart from increasing the state revenue through the green economy.

“The mechanism of carbon storage and trade is another area of study that needs to be placed emphasis on by researchers and officers,” he said at the HoB Scientific Expedition to Gunung Pueh Forest Reserve Seminar here today.

Len Talif said with this new development, logging activities in the natural forests will also gradually be minimised, while reforestation and restoration activities will be encouraged.

The HoB Initiative is voluntary transboundary cooperation between Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia aiming at conserving and managing the transboundary highlands of Borneo and parts of the adjacent foothills and lowlands, which straddle the borders of the three countries.

The HoB covers approximately 240,000 km2 of ecologically interconnected rainforest on the island of Borneo.

The Government of Sarawak has identified 2.7 million hectares for HoB which covers approximately 26,000 square kilometres stretching from Tanjung Datu National Park at the far western point of Sarawak to Lawas, Limbang in the northern region.