KUCHING: Sarawak will gazette one million hectares of land as totally protected areas by next year as part of its conservation efforts.
Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the state has so far gazetted 0.82 million hectares of land mass for totally protected areas.
He said this includes national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries for the purpose of conservation of flora and fauna and its habitat, recreational, educational as well as for ecotourism activities.
“In addition, we have also gazetted 1.24 million hectares as a totally protected area covering water bodies or territorial waters.
“Under the State Land Use Policy, the forestry sector is also allocated with six million hectares for the purpose of Permanent Forest Estates,” he said at the “Forest Talk: The Journey of 100 Years” here, today.
Awang Tengah said through sustainable forest management, 63% or 7.8 million hectares of Sarawak is still under forest cover.
“This contributes about 44% of Malaysia’s total forest cover,” he said.