SEBUYAU:  43 students from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Roskilde University, Denmark recently conducted a study on sustainable land and natural resource management here.

“Researches like this are important because they give us additional input to help the state in its   socio-economic development and other plans,”   Assistant Minister for Rural Economy (Coastal) and Fisheries, Datuk Julaihi Narawi told  a press conference after officiating the closing of the Fieldwork of Master SLUSE Programme here on Sunday.

He added that the data obtained could also be used in  rural development planning.

 Julaihi said he welcomed more such studies in   Sebuyau and  other rural areas of the state.

  The Fieldwork of Master SLUSE Programme started on 2 March and ended yesterday. Five villages were involved in the study, namely, Kampung Tanjung Pisang, Kampung Ensenggei Iban, Kampung Tungkah Manta Hilir, Kampung Tebelu and Kampung Entangor.

Out of 43 students, 18 were from Denmark while 25 students were Malaysians.

 Also present at the press conference were Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) of Unimas, Prof. Dr. Wan Hashim Wan Ibrahim, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Unimas, Prof. Madya Dr. Neilson Ilan Mersat, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology Resources of Unimas, Prof. Dr. Othman Bojo, Associate Prof. Torben Birch-Thomsen from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen Denmark and Associate Prof. Quentin Gausset, also from the University of Copenhagen Denmark.