Ministry of Plantation Industries to Apply for Environmental Conservation Allowance

Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said MPIC is committed to increasing conservation efforts to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the interest of the sustainability of the plantation sector. – Photo Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR (July 31): The Ministry of Industries and Plantation Products (MPIC) plans to seek higher allocations from the Ministry of Finance under the 2023 budget to ensure increased efforts towards the conservation of environment in the plantation sector.

Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was also in line with Malaysia’s commitment to achieving the targets set under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She said MPIC is committed to increasing conservation efforts to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the interest of the sustainability of the plantation sector.

“Efforts like this also refute criticism, particularly from the West, that Malaysia is failing to meet global environmental standards, for commercial gain,” she said in a statement today.

According to her, the MPIC through various agencies such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF) has put in place various initiatives to ensure the sustainable growth of the plantation sector.

“This includes the development of the Borneo Elephant Wildlife Sanctuary to address human-elephant conflict and the creation of protected areas with controlled public access to better understand and care for these animals,” she said.

Zuraida said the MPOGCF has also started a program of planting Napier grass species to encourage animals to use wildlife corridors which can help reduce human-elephant conflict.

“MPIC also supports the ‘Heart of Borneo’ initiative, a unique government-led and non-governmental organization-supported program that had started since the joint declaration of the governments of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia in 2007,” said she explained.

She said this program aims, among other things, to conserve biodiversity in Borneo for the benefit of the public through a network of protected areas, sustainable forest management and sustainable land use.

“Malaysia supports and participates in the Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use and the Global Commitment on Methane at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021,” she said.

Zuraida said Malaysia’s involvement with 141 other countries in this declaration is in line with the Leaders’ Declaration on National Forests and Land Use.

“This declaration aims to continue to maintain at least 50% of the country’s land area under forest cover as well as to reinforce the government’s commitment to the conservation and sustainable management of forests and other ecosystems and land use, including for agricultural and planting purposes,” she says.

She also expressed her condolences to the family of an oil palm plantation worker who was trampled to death by a wild elephant in Temerloh recently. — Bernama






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