The Kota Kinabalu Wetlands has been designated as the seventh Ramsar site in Malaysia.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman thanked the Federal Government, particularly the natural resources and environment ministry for continuing to conserve the country’s natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
“This is reflected in the government’s commitment to various initiatives such as the Heart of Borneo and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
“In Sabah, our tropical rain-forests and wetlands are of immense value, extraordinary beauty and are havens for a great number of plants and animals.
“Hence, various conservation efforts have been put into place to ensure the management of our forest remains sustainable,” he said in a statement today.
Musa said the state government was committed to the conservation, which was in line with the commitment to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.
Apart from the newly-certified Kota Kinabalu site, he said Sabah’s Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands was also designated as a Ramsar site, the largest in Malaysia, covering three forest reserves.
Protecting its (Lower Kinabatangan-Segama Wetlands) biodiversity and delicate ecosystems will remain a top priority for the state government, added the chief minister.
He said the state government had also set aside 30 per cent of its total land mass or 2.2 million hectares as Totally Protected Areas within the next five years.