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Systematic conservation planning for better decision making in conservation

on 22 January 2015.

Systematic conservation planning for better decision making in conservation

IBEC 6620150120

KUCHING, 22 January : A systematic conservation planning to produce information that can guide decision making for conservation, has the benefits especially for Sarawak Government’s conservation and sustainable development agenda.

That was the focus of the workshop on Systematic Conversation Planning for Sarawak, which was jointly organized by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Forest Department Sarawak and WWF-Malaysia, which also focus on capacity building for assessment of terrestrial and freshwater priority conservation areas in the state.

The three day workshop, held at Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Kuching with a pre-workshop session held at UNIMAS’ Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology, comprises a total of 50 participants from government agencies, universities and NGOs involved in conservation, environment and natural resources planning and management.

“Systematic Conservation Planning, aims to provide decision makers information that enables them to make environmental conservation effective, economical and sustainable,” said Prof Dr Lau Seng, the Project Leader for SCP Sarawak who is also the Director of Center for Water Research, UNIMAS.

“The most important outcome that we would like to see materialize is that, in the midst of rapid economic development in Sarawak, we still maintain the status of one of the mega biodiversity regions of the world for as long as civilization exists,” he added.

Yang Berhormat Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, the assistant Minister of Environment of the Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment Sarawak, in his speech said, “Sarawak is a world biodiversity haven and we have responsibilities and commitments to protect and upkeep this haven.”

“This workshop can help us to achieve the goal to come up with a comprehensive map that shows us how and where to use our natural resource wisely,” he added.

The workshop also comprised of talks by Prof Dr Wang Yin Chai of UNIMAS, senior conservation specialist Dr Mario Barraso of WWF-Brazil, Dr Yoganand Kandasamy of Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Program for WWF-Malaysia and also Dr Jebediah Brodie, the Assistant Professor of Conservation Ecology from the University of British Columbia. It also gives participants hands on experience with SCP with case studies in Sarawak and how to use MARXAN, a software designed to aid systematic reserve design on conservation planning.

Article by : Yulhardy Budiman || Photo : Azlandy M.A.T

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