It was reported that the Sabah State Government and Yayasan Sabah are commitment with conservation programme. This  is reflected through the setting aside of 43,800 hectares at Danum Valley, 58,800 hectares at Maliau Basin and another 30,000 hectares at Imbak Canyon which was gazetted as a Class I (Protection) Forest Reserve in 2009.

Conservation and Destruction

Map Credit YS

Well, that being the fact, let us look at the map of Sabah and see how big these conservation areas are in relation to production and exploitations areas. As can be seen from Map 1, the yellow area falls under production and FMU while the green areas are designated for conservation. A good friend said that the idea behind FMU was great and honourable but the implementation parts were being under constant media attention for various reasons.

If anyone asks my honest opinion about forest area and conservation effort in Sabah, I do have mix feeling about it. On one hand, I am grateful that such initiatives are taking place. Dr. Paul in Pix 1 is proudly standing with one of the giant trees closer to CAMP site. On the other hand, not far from the conservation area one can see vast logging activities. Off the records and after talking to rangers and drivers, I heard some heartbreaking stories about steeling timbers outside designated areas while livelihood of peoples who are dependent on forest are under threat!

Well, what have you got to say?