Protecting an area doesn’t guarantee that its biodiversity, environmental or cultural features will be secure. This depends largely on how effectively a protected area is managed. WWF-Malaysia’s “Strengthening the Protected Areas System of Peninsular Malaysia” project is also targeted at improving the management effectiveness of existing protected areas, apart from establishing new protected areas.
To determine this, WWF assisted the Malaysian government by carrying out an assessment on the country’s national and state parks.
This was done in cooperation with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN), the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, the Perlis State Forestry Department, the Johor Parks Corporation, Sabah Parks and the Sarawak Forestry Corporation. A report documenting findings of the assessment was distributed at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of Parties (COP) 8 in Brazil on 21-30 March 2006. The report entitled “A Management Effectiveness Assessment of National and State Parks in Malaysia” provides a useful tool for the government to help strengthen management of Malaysia’s 25 national and state parks.