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Conservation Efforts within PFs

In the past, conservation efforts of the department were concentrated in Totally Protected Areas (TPAs).  Since constitution and management of TPAs are under the purview of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Forest Department will focus its conservation works within the permanent forests.

 

Baleh Connectivity Project for wildlife - Collaboration with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and WWF-Malaysia

The Baleh watershed is an area of priority for conservation. The Baleh dam is already approved by the State Government, with construction to be carried out soon. The dam will eventually inundate parts of the forests, and this will affect areas that have been identified as important connectivity for wildlife.

WWF-Malaysia works with Forest Department Sarawak, Sarawak Energy Berhad and UNIMAS to promote a more integrated watershed management approach in the Baleh watershed in order to improve environmental sustainability.  This project for identifying and implementing wildlife connectivity in the Baleh watershed is proposed as part of the efforts for integrated watershed management to ensure that environmental sustainability for wildlife persistence forms part of the management of the watershed.

The project will also develop a long term monitoring plan to be taken up by potentially Forest Department Sarawak (Heart of Borneo), Universities and/or timber companies.

 

High Conservation Value Area within PFs

In view of Forest Management Certification, High Conservation Value (HCV) is a requirement under principle 9 of Malaysia Criteria and Indicator (MC & I) and all Forest Management Units (FMUs) are required to assess, demarcate, monitor and manage HCV within their respective areas.

The department will work closely with all FMUs in assessing their HCVs and will help to map out the HCVs in Sarawak’s FMUs.  This effort is part of the wildlife connectivity network for the state especially in areas outside TPAs.

 

Water Catchment within PFs

Most water catchment areas in Sarawak are located within PFs.  Forest Department will help to monitor closely activities conducted surrounding the designated water catchment areas to ensure any activities carried out would not mpacted the water quality in the area.