I HAVE previously posted about our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem’s crusade against illegal logging and how important this is for our State.
Well don’t just take my word for it. The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) has also sung our Chief Minister’s praises for his war against illegal logging activities in Sarawak.
Yup the WWF – the leading global environmental agency – has voiced its support for our CM.
In a statement, WWF-Malaysia said it is behind the Sarawak Chief Minister in his fight against illegal logging activities in the State.
WWF-Malaysia CEO Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma pointed out that illegal logging is carried out without a prescribed harvesting plan, with almost no consideration to the environment, is highly destructive to the long term existence of flora and fauna communities especially the rare, threatened and endangered species, and is highly detrimental to the livelihood of people depending on the forest.
“Sarawak is gearing towards forest certification by promoting wide scale sustainable forest management, and cannot let illegal logging activities jeopardise the government’s goal. We support the Chief Minister’s effort in this and will assist the Sarawak government in addressing the illegal logging problems.
“The instruction by YAB Tan Sri Adenan Satem asking the major players to go for forest certification by 2017 is a positive step. This must be followed by stringent implementation of existing forest policies. In fact, Sarawak has good forest policies but as the Chief Minister mentioned, there is a need to review some of the outdated legislation such as the amount of penalty,” he said in a statement.
Yup the WWF chief said Sarawak has good forest policies and also praised the CM’s stance for major forestry players to get forest certification by 2017.
Forest certification basically involves independent recognition of sustainable forest management practices. This is important not only for the environment in terms of best practices but also means our products would have greater access to the global market which is demanding higher standards of environmental accountability.
So yes let us continue to join the battle against illegal logging in the State to protect our natural resources for all Sarawakians of today and tomorrow.