Taib: Sarawak scales down annual timber cut
Sarawak has scaled down the annual timber cut to ensure sustainability of timber production in permanent forest estates.
The move is part of its commitment to the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO)’s recommendation that timber trade must be from sustainably managed forests.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the state had also developed a comprehensive log tracking system for legality verification of all logs along the chain of custody, besides doubling efforts to expand the Totally Protected Areas for biodiversity conservation.
“The mission by ITTO (to visit the state) in 1989 reaffirmed Sarawak’s commitment to protect the forests and biodiversity. Then, it was at the height of the controversy on tropical timber, with calls for a boycott to save tropical forests,” he said.
Abdul Taib was speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the Entry into Force of the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) 2006 in Yokohama, Japan last Tuesday.
He described the entry into force of the ITTA 2006 as a historic milestone in the growth and development of ITTO as it embarked on the mission to conserve the world’s tropical forests and promote international trade of tropical timber from sustainably managed forests.
“Hopefully, with the entry into force of the ITTA 2006, more countries will join the small ITTO donor community,” he said in acknowledging sustained financial contributions from ITTO’s donor community amongst its consumer members, including Japan, Switzerland and the United States.
Sarawak, which was committed to the belief that timber trade must be from sustainably managed forests being promoted by ITTO through project activities and policy dialogue amongst producer and consumer members and all stakeholders, had greatly benefited from their generosities, said the chief minister.
The state had also been working closely with the Japanese Research Consortium for Tropical Forests to promote scientific research since 1990, he said.
Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Second Minister of Resource Planning and Development Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, state Secretary Tan Sri Mohd Morshidi Gani, Assistant Minister of Resource Planning and Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Environment) Datuk Len Talif Saleh, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Resource Planning and Development Datuk Sudarsono Osman, and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation Datuk Serudu Hoklai
why is this person still issuing official statements? I was under the impression that he stated he will resign from post after the 2008 elections. My calendar must be wrong as i'm seeing November 2012 now.
Najib...didnt you tell this guy to step down?
Like a thief saying " I wont steal so much anymore in future ''.but this thief already stole everything. No more left to steal.