Workshop to review planted forest legislation

FDS workshop in progress.

KUCHING: The Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) will come up with a specific mechanism to handle land use conflict within the Legislation on Planted Forests (LPF) areas.

FDS did a workshop to review the legislation on planted forests which was held at Damai Beach Resort on Monday (Feb 1).

FDS director Datuk Hamden Mohammad hoped that through the workshop, they would be able to come up with the proposed amendment in the existing legislation to accelerate the implementation of the newly approved revised policy.

FDS director Datuk Hamden Mohammad

“It is also expected through this workshop, standard operating procedure (SOP), or mechanism to encourage smallholder participation in forest plantation and the guideline in handling land use conflict within the LPF areas to be prepared.”

Last year, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg endorsed newly revised policies.

Some of the policies are the FDS should achieve one million hectares of planted forest by 2025, and the possible actions to be taken if LPF holders failed to comply with the new Tree Planting Plan (TPP) by 2025.

Other than that, FDS should encourage the Smallholder Participation (less than 1,00 hectares), and to lead and coordinate a sustainable ITP Research and Development (R&D) Programme by stakeholder.

FDS workshop in progress.