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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah which is rich in wildlife, plants and marine diversity, can serve as a model for other states in Malaysia and countries in the region for its conservation projects, a US government official said.

Impressed with what she has seen during three visits, Kuala Lumpur-based US State Department environment, science, technology and health officer Alice Chu noted that Sabah was carrying out conservation projects with non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders to preserve its biodiversity.

"The US government is trying to partner with the local state governments of Sabah and Sarawak and their partners such as NGOs to preserve biodiversity in a sustainable manner.

"Malaysia is a leader in this and Sabah is a great model for other states in the country and other nations in the region to follow.

"The local government and NGOs know what the pressing issues are," said Chu, who will soon leave Malaysia to take up another posting, after spending half a day at the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park here yesterday.

(New Strait Times)

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Sabah wants Ramsar site No 2

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insidepix1.jpgKOTA KINABALU: Barely five months after having its first Ramsar site, Sabah is lobbying for a second Ramsar site in the 24-ha Kota Kinabalu Wetland Centre.

The state government will support efforts to apply to the international Ramsar body soon.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said he would support the move to ensure the city had ample green lungs and also to provide more recreational activities to the urban population.

"The move will also cement Sabah's excellent track record in conservation," he said at the launch of World Wetlands Day here yesterday.

The proposal was mooted years ago along with the Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands, which has been recognised as a Ramsar site on Oct 28 last year.

(Article is taken from NewStraitTimes)

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Central and regional governments in Malaysia recognize the importance attached to conserving their natural resources, not just in light of increasing revenue gained through reef-based tourism but also as a sustainable livelihood for subsistence fishers and the commercial fishing industry. Coral reef fisheries in recent years have been estimated to contribute approximately 25% of total annual marine fish production in Malaysia. In Sabah six marine parks have been established all of which have no take zones, these are:

  • The Pulau Tiga Marine Park, a beautiful island between Labuan to the south and Kota Kinabalu.
  • The Tunuk Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located adjacent to Kota Kinabalu.
  • Turtle Islands Marine Park, a group of islands seaward of Sandakan renowned for their year round turtle nesting.
  • Tun Sakaran Marine Park, encompassing many islands off Semporna.
  • The Sugud Islands Marine Conservation Area (SIMCA), including the notorious resort and diving destination, Lankayan.
  • Sipadan Island, the infamous diving destination.

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