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Bismillahir-Rahmannir-Rahim, Selawat dan Salam Ke Atas Nabi Muhammad SAW
Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi-wabarakatuh


Bismillahir-Rahmannir-Rahim, Selawat dan Salam Ke Atas Nabi Muhammad SAW

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi-wabarakatuh

First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I expect this year to be a challenging one for Forest Department Sarawak because of the high hopes and expectations from everyone for the department to govern and manage the State's forests well.

The year 2020 also marks the change of forest landscape management in Sarawak. Through the restructuring and transformation approved by the State's Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MMKN) on 12th December 2019, Forest Department Sarawak will regain forest management and conservation functions starting 2nd January 2020 from Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) as stated in Forest Ordinance 2015.

In 2019, the Department celebrated its 100th year of establishment as well as the existence of the timber industry in the State which extended well beyond the past century. We are proud of the fact that the State managed to maintain a forest cover of 63 percent or 7.8 million hectares from the State's total area of 12.45 million hectares. This success is made possible from sustainable forest management policies and high commitment from the forestry sector.

To ensure that Sarawak will always be sheltered by beautiful green trees in our pristine forests, Forest Department Sarawak will intensify the Forest Landscape Restoration Programme with a target of 5 million trees to be planted from 2020 to 2025. Through this programme, the public, non-governmental organisations (NGO), government and private sectors are encouraged to get involved actively in tree planting at various identified locations around Sarawak. Besides that, the Department is also looking into various tree planting programmes at degraded areas with cooperation from timber and planted forests licensees.

For a continuous supply of tree seedlings, the Department has also revived and developed three nurseries throughout Sarawak, namely in Sabal Agroforestry Centre, Jalan Oya in Sibu as well as Lambir, Niah in Miri. The Department will also identify and develop several other nurseries for this purpose.

In line with Forest Department Sarawak's vision 'to be globally recognised in sustainable forest management', the department will make sure that all licensed timber areas will obtain forest management certification from third party auditors by 2022.

Achieving forest management certification from third party auditors is important to prove that Sarawak's forest management mechanism is of the highest and internationally-acknowledged standards. This also ensures that timber and timber products from Sarawak will be able to penetrate the international markets without any obstacles.

Forest Department Sarawak will also collaborate with various local and international parties such as the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Shell, APFNet, Heart of Borneo (HoB) and more. Working closely with these parties will enable Forest Department Sarawak to channel accurate information especially to manage international issues on Sarawak forest management. On top of that, funding and expertise from these parties will enable the development of forest management in the State.

The Department is also committed to enhancing the usage of technology in forest management in Sarawak. Some of the latest technologies currently in use are the Compact Airborne Tactical System (CATS), hyperspectral, remote sensing and more. With the current expertise on these fields, Forest Department Sarawak is regarded as a pioneer in such technology in Malaysia, not only to enhance forest management and research, but also for the country's security and safety.

Before I conclude my message, I hope that Forest Department Sarawak will continue to excel in the future and become a world-class agency in forest management.


Thank you.