Committee reactivated to curb illegal logging

 

KOTA KINABALU: The state government has reactivated committee to curb illegal logging under the Chief Minister’s Department.

In a statement issued here yesterday, Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that the committee which is in line with the provision under the Forest Enactment 1968, would further strengthen the execution and enforcement of the laws to protect the natural forests in Sabah from any exploitation.

At the same time, he said that the government is urging all logging companies operating in the state to adhere to the conditions in their logging licences, and the provisions of Forest Enactment 1968, and the Forest Rules 1969.

According to him, the reactivation of the committee is the government’s proactive measure to improve the existing efforts towards having a more comprehensive, and effective forest management which would also benefit the people.

“The new Sabah state government has voiced out its concerns on several forestry issues including illegal logging activities.

“That does not mean that illegal logging is rampant now. It is the government’s concerns on illegal logging, leakages, and other forest crimes that may still be happening.

“This issue has also been brought up by the people as the forest is the state’s most valuable and important natural resources heritage that does not only contribute revenue to the state and provide job opportunities, but also as habitat to wildlife such as elephants and orang utans,” he said.

 
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New Sabah Times