2019 NEW YEAR MESSAGE2019 NEW YEAR MESSAGE

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

In year 2019, Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) will be celebrating its 100th anniversary since its establishment back in 1919 and many programmes are planned throughout the year for the celebration of this very special occasion.
This is a good opportunity for everyone to reflect and assess the direction of our work and achievements to be in line with the current development and needs of the people.

I would also like to take this chance to thank all of FDS's workforce for working together with high commitment in carrying out their respective responsibilities. We are determined to deliver excellent service with full integrity to establish FDS as the leading and finest government agency in sustainable forest management.

In line with the State Government's vision and mission, FDS is committed to increase the total area of the Permanent Forest Estate (PFE) in the state from the current 4.3 million hectares to 6 million hectares. Besides that, the Forest Landscape Restoration project will be carried out throughout the state.

FDS is also committed to ensure that all Long-Term Forest Timber Licenses (F30) will achieve forest management certification by the year 2022. The certification is essential to safeguard the state's forests with sustainable management and to provide a vast international market for these timber products. The certification process include an elaborate auditing process by a third party based on the Malaysian Criteria and Indicator under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) which has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or other equivalent certification schemes, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

As of today, a total of 561,703 hectares of natural forest, consisting of 347,862 hectares of PFEs and 213,841 hectares of state land has received forest certification. Besides that, a total of 101,030.06 hectares of forest plantations in Sarawak also been certified.

A systematic management of forests should be complemented and assisted by the latest technology for enforcement as well as R&D to produce high quality and high value seeds, which are immensely immune towards diseases and can be harvested in a short period of time.

To constantly keep up with current developments, FDS has developed and incorporated technology such as GIS, REVLOG, hyperspectral tools and many more to assist in management of forests and forest resources. Digital technology is also used to enhance public education and awareness on protecting our forests.

FDS also implements a lot of social forestry programmes to boost community development and income to reduce the development gap between urban and rural communities. This is to reduce community depended on forest resources from the natural’s forest. Such programmes will help to create awareness about the community's roles and contributions to work together with FDS to conserve and protect forest resources, which is in line with the State Government's aim to manage conservation and biodiversity sustainably.

Community development programmes can also boost their skills and knowledge in various fields such as agriculture, production of handicrafts and more. With these skills, they can produce high quality non timber forest products, which are gaining increasing demand from the international market.

On top of that, these communities will also be given exposure on methods and ways to promote and market their products as well as ecotourism services based on the culture, adventure and nature (CAN) concept.

As a custodian of forest in Sarawak, I hope that FDS's service delivery system can be further improved to be more efficient and effective especially in managing current issues related to the department as well as its roles. Every FDS staff has to work together at any given time on any given issue to accomplish everything we have planned and set out to achieve.

As part of our promise to fulfil and provide excellent service to the people, I hope that every FDS staff can improve and develop their skills and persevere together as team to get through a more challenging year of 2019.

I pray that we can all stay committed in implementing and accomplishing the responsibilities entrusted to us. Let us take on 2019 full of hope and persistence to develop the forestry sector in Sarawak.

Happy New Year.

Wabillahi-taufik-walhidayah. Wassalamualaikum-Warahmatullahi-wabarakatuh.

Thank you.

HAMDEN BIN MOHAMMAD
DIRECTOR OF FORESTS