TMP commitment at the World Parks Congress 2014
Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International stated that there needs to be a much stronger focus and intensified efforts to secure protected and sustainably-managed marine habitats, which are lagging behind despite their huge importance for biodiversity and people.
Earlier in the conference, Malaysia, committed to gazette close to a million hectares of ocean in the state of Sabah by 2015 through the proposed Tun Mustapha Park. In 2003, the Tun Mustapha Park was proposed by the State Government of Sabah shortly after it was recognized as a globally significant priority marine conservation area. The TMP will be the country’s first multiple-use marine park and protect close to 1 million hectares of coral reef, mangrove, seagrass and productive fishing grounds in over 50 islands. Over 80,000 coastal and island residents of Sabah who rely on fishing for their livelihoods.