"Forest Management in Sarawak Malaysia with Special Reference to Rehabilitation Efforts in Deforested Sites"
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 15:00 - 17:00
Venue: Room E207, 2nd Floor, East Wing, The Center for Southeast
Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University
By Lee Hua Seng Ph.D.,CSEAS Visiting Fellow
The Forest Department of Sarawak Malaysia is charged not only
with the management of its forest resources but also its national parks and
wildlife. A brief account is given of forest management practices in Sarawak.
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) is being practiced in accordance with the
recommendations of an ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization) Mission
to Sarawak. Sustainable Forest Management is being implemented within the MC&I
(Malaysian Criteria and Indicator for Sustainable Forest Management), which
are a modification of the criteria and indicators drawn up by ITTO. Deforestation
particularly in the form of shifting agriculture represents a major threat
to SFM. Efforts are made by the Forest Department to rehabilitate such deforested
and therefore degraded areas. These include reforestation and agroforestry
projects in collaboration with the people carrying out shifting agriculture
with emphasis on tree planting. They had not been successful because of the
lack of interest in tree planting and dependence on governmental financial
assistance. Perhaps rehabilitation of deforested sites with wild fruits and
medicinal plants may be more a amenable approach. However, this line of approach
gives rise to many issues and poses many challenges.