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Imbak Canyon – Sabah’s Botanical Canyon is the newest conservation area, is one of the last frontiers of contiguous lowland forest with scenic view, has high abundance of medicinal plants and presence of nearby local communities. The area has potential for bio-prospecting initiatives.
PETRONAS has committed funding amounting to RM6 million to implement programmes, namely Environmental Education, Public Awareness, Community Outreach, Capacity Building and Research as well as preliminary works towards the construction of the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre.
2) 40 room high-yield nature lodge
Tree House complex (high-yield facility)
OUTCOMES OF THE EPP/ KPIS
WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
Environmental Protection Association
The Association was mooted after the June 1982 Civic Consciousness Program undertaken by the Department of National Unity Sabah.
During this program numerous complaints were raised by the general public ranging from :
and many other environmental related issues.
SEPA is a registered
body to look into the environmental issues in Sabah.
Imbak Canyon Conservation Area
HOW TO GET THERE
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SPEECH BY THE CHIEF MINISTER OF SABAH Y.A.B. DATUK MUSA HAJI AMAN IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SIGNING CEREMONY OF THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR THE IMBAK CANYON CONSERVATION AREA, RAINFOREST RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROGRAMME BETWEEN YAYASAN SABAH GROUP AND THE CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH, KYOTO UNIVERSITY, SHIGA, JAPAN, AT THE IMBAK CANYON, TAWAU, ON MAY 14, 2004
(DELIVERED BY Y.B. DATUK HAJI NASIR TUN SAKARAN,
MINISTER IN THE CHIEF MINISTER’S DEPARTMENT)
Good morning and I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our guests at this MOU signing and particularly to the expedition in Imbak Canyon Conservation Area. I would especially like to welcome our partners in this MOU, Professor Dr. Kanehiro Kitayama and Professor Dr. Norio Yamamura of the Centre for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Shiga, Japan.
I am happy to note that participants in this expedition come from so many organizations within the state as well as from overseas. I am told that we have participants from Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom with us today. I am sure your findings during this expedition will not only benefit Malaysians but the world as a whole.
As the Chief Minister of Sabah, I would like to reiterate that the state government has always put great emphasis on its environmental protection and the conservation of its biodiversity, which is in tandem with the national agenda. While we are unwavering in our resolve to make Sabah a developed and prosperous state, we will do so in line with Vision 2020, whereby great emphasis is put on environment.
As such, the government has been integrating environmental concerns into its development planning. The toll on the environment and natural resources due to rapid economic development has raised the country’s awareness that integration of environmental considerations could no longer be neglected from development plans. And, the government would rather adopt preventive measures where the environment is concerned instead of the conventional curative approach.
The main causes for the loss of biodiversity in Malaysia are habitat destruction, over-harvesting and pollution. To counter this problem, the government has drawn up the National Policy on Biological Diversity, which promoted maintaining plants and animals in their original habitats and beyond their original habitats in facilities such as botanical gardens. The purpose is to ensure long-term food security and preservation of the unique biological heritage of Malaysia.
In Sabah, one of the government agencies, which is actively involve in conservation and environment, is the Yayasan Sabah Group. The Yayasan Sabah Group has carried out several environmental programmes such as the establishment of a few protected areas and those that involve environmental education. Among the notable environmental activities are the setting aside of 43,800 ha - Danum Valley Conservation Area and 58,800 ha - Maliau Basin Conservation Area in Lahad Datu and Tawau regions respectively. The Group can also be credited for setting up the Danum Valley Field Centre. In a similar resolve, the State Government believes that the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area in Sandakan will further strengthen its commitment and interest in the environmental protection and biodiversity conservation. Concerns raised during the Rio Conference as stipulated in the Convention of Biodiversity and the Framework of Climate Change would also be addressed.
Not much known yet about Imbak Canyon. The area, which is approximately 30,000 hectares in size, is one of the last remaining pristine lowland rainforests in Sabah without formal protection status. It is a Class II Commercial Forest Reserve and Yayasan Sabah Group has voluntarily designated it as a conservation area in 2003. With only 10% of Sabah’s landmass under protected area management, it is important that more effort be put on the full protection of a pristine area like Imbak Canyon for its posterity. Therefore, conservation efforts in the area are crucial.
And, this scientific expedition is the first step towards that effort. The main objective of the expedition is to obtain viable information that would lead to effective conservation. This expedition will also facilitate biological research of the flora and fauna endemic to the canyon. This is crucial in developing the future Imbak Canyon Management Plan. Other proposed activities include conducting research on non-destructive uses of tropical Malaysian forest such as potentials for medicinal values, carbon retention and sequestration, and bio prospecting. The area aims to host activities that would improve and strengthen technical knowledge and skill in forestry, biological research, forest conservation and environmental management.
With this Memorandum of Understanding, Yayasan Sabah Group and the Centre for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Shiga, Japan, will jointly conduct a Rainforest Research, Education and Training Programme for Imbak Canyon Conservation Area.
Imbak Canyon’s potential, as an ecotourism destination should also be promoted. Since physical development is quite limited in the area, ecotourism would provide an economic justification for its conservation. Such an endeavor will provide long-term benefits to the community within this remote area as opposed to shorter and limited gains through logging activities.
However, to make Imbak Canyon known, the area must also be made accessible by providing the necessary logistical supports for research and study to be carried out. Access to the area is equally important in order to raise the public’s appreciation of their heritage. To achieve both the above, a gateway into the area needs to be established and a Management Plan needs to be formulated. For these to be realized, collaborations between Yayasan Sabah Group and other national or international agencies will be timely. Hopefully, this collaboration with our Japanese counterpart on a Rainforest Research, Education and Training Programme will pave the way for more collaboration.
I appreciate the efforts made in initiating this scientific expedition. I would like to thank all the government and non-government agencies and all the other organizations and institutions for taking part and making this expedition a success. I am also glad that this MOU was mooted and materialized. With the materialization of this MOU, Yayasan Sabah Group hopes to establish a long-term programme at Imbak Canyon Conservation Area. Such promotion and advancement of knowledge shall promote sustainable, non-destructive and optimal utilization of forest resources.
Finally, I would like to once again thank our Japanese partners in this endeavor, Professor Dr. Kanehiro Kitayama and Professor Dr. Norio Yamamura of Kyoto University who are also participants in this expedition. To all the participants, we appreciate your role in this scientific expedition. I am very sure your scientific journey in this new area will bring much benefit not only to Malaysia, but also to the rest of the world.
Thank you, wabilahi taufik walhidayah, wassalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.