December 4, 2013
Biodiversity is critical to the sustainability of the planet. One such important factor are the forests and the management of this valuable asset. The world’s forest are considered valuable to the industries that farm and use the resource, as well as the climate and environment. The work of Malaysia to “‘Ensure sustainability of forest-dependent communities’” was at the forefront of discussion.
Undersecretary of Biodiversity and Forest Management Division under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) Wan Hasmah Wan Mohd said, “Malaysia strongly upholds its commitment to involving these communities through various government development programmes under the Five Year Malaysia Development Plan including mangrove and coastline tree planting, community-based forest restoration and empowerment of local communities in ecotourism activities,” reports Borneo Post.
“Malaysia has pledged to maintain 50 per cent of forest cover to ensure that the forests continuously provides valuable ecosystem services such as sequestering carbon, sustaining biodiversity, preserving water resources and food source as well as preventing soil erosion,” she said.”
The conservation of forests is not a tree hugger approach but an environmental strategy for soil, air and biodiversity maintenance. The work of nations to focus on the sustainability of forest leads to the survival of our tree canopies and our natural resources.