Forest Dept signs MoU with SEB, Sime Darby and UPM

Abang Johari (third right) and other dignitaries witness the exchange of MoU documents between State Forest Department, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Sime Darby and Universiti Putra Malaysia. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: The state Forestry Department has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Sime Darby and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) as part of this year’s International Forest Day celebration.

The director Hamden Mohammad stated that the MoU with SEB is intended to effect restoration and rehabilitation activities through tree planting.

“It is also to conserve and protect the hydroelectric dam water catchment areas as well as carbon sequestration through enrichment planting, reforestation, and environmental greening,” he said.

As for the joint MoU with Sime Darby and UPM, it is to establish strategic cooperation.

“This is in line with the commitment to protect High Conservation Value (HCV) areas — identified in oil palm plantations — and the discussion on drone seeding with UPM,” he said.

The department also signed an MoU with Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and forest plantation licensees in the field of research and development at the end of last year.

With the MoU, it is hoped that they could assist in the development of the state’s industrial forests.

“I hope that more private agencies, corporate bodies and financial institutions will join us in greening Sarawak to help in the implementation of FLR initiatives,” he said.