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Danum Valley scientific lab shows Sabah serious about forest management, research

13th August, 2016

LAHAD DATU: The establishment of a scientific laboratory building, also known as Danum Valley Scientific Laboratory Building (DVSLB) in the Danum Valley Conservation Area (DVCA), shows that the state government is very serious about forest management and research.

Sabah Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan said with the DVSLB, the management and research activities on forests could be carried out more effectively.

“With the additional facilities, it will provide current and future researchers more support with their research and development programmes in Danum Valley.

“I hope this new lab will make it more conducive for the researchers who will work here for years to come. A conducive enviroment will give them motivation to achieve the result and make them comfortable as well,” he said when launching the facility, here, yesterday.

Sam said the project started in November 2014 under the 10th Malaysian Plan and completed on June 9, this year, at a total cost of RM 4.081 million.

The project consists of the main building, chemicals store, herbarium and solar drier that is equipped with two units of canopy gensets (200 KVa), lab loose furniture and laboratory built-in cabinets.

The DVCA, managed by Yayasan Sabah (YS), covers an area of 43,800 hectares, located in the pristine forest of the East Coast of Sabah and is mega rich in biodiversity.

The DVCA was established for the purposes of scientific research, nature recreation, ecology and protection of biodiversity.

It houses several notable research programmes, such as the Central Monitoring of Atmosphere Worldwide (Global Atmosphere Watch), Sabah Biodiversity Experiment, Innoprise – FACE Foundation Rainforest Rehabilitation Project, Reduce Impact Logging (RIL), and since 1985, has supported nearly 100 graduates from local and international learning institutions to complete their research studies.

In conjunction with the opening ceremony, a memorandum of understanding was also signed to enable both parties to prepare a tenancy agreement within six months, which will allow YS to occupy the building for 30 years, under agreeable terms and conditions set by both parties. – Bernama

   
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