KUCHING: A Sustainable Sarawak Blueprint will be developed to guide all government agencies, businesses and communities in achieving the state’s desired environmental sustainability goals, state premier Abang Johari Openg said today.
He said the blueprint will address concerns related to biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, climate change mitigation and adaptation, while enabling the creation of an environment with modern infrastructure in line with the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0) drive.
“Sarawak plans to prioritise its environmental sustainability and align its development path with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The state will also pursue a balanced economic growth by adopting a responsible approach towards development of its natural resources,” the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) president said.
Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Malaysian Conservation Conference 2022 here, he said Sarawak’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030 placed environmental sustainability as one of the three main pillars to steer Sarawak toward its 2030 goals.
According to Abang Johari, this was to ensure a clean and healthy environment for all by having policies on sustainable forest management as well as adoption of new technologies and innovation to support Malaysia’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity of GDP by 45% in 2030.
He said Sarawak would also develop master plans on developing smart cities that would consider environmental sustainability related to urbanisation, with the Kuching Smart City Master Plan being the first that had been developed with low carbon mobility and smart city infrastructure.
Admitting that nature, the environment, and biodiversity as matters which are close to his heart, Abang Johari said the state government has been taking steps to ensure that Sarawak’s biodiversity is properly managed.
“Responsible management is critical to support Malaysia’s commitment to keep 50% of the country under forest cover,” he added.
“Today, as the Sarawak premier, you have my word that we are committed towards the preservation of six million hectares of land as permanent forests and one million hectares as Totally Protected Areas (TPAs).”