Scrapping off Sukau bridge a win for both man and Mother Nature | WWF Malaysia

Scrapping off Sukau bridge a win for both man and Mother Nature

Posted on 21 April 2017
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Kota Kinabalu: WWF-Malaysia commends the Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Musa Aman, and the Sabah State Government for the decision to scrap off the proposed bridge in Sukau, Kinabatangan ('Sabah scraps Sukau bridge project', The Star, 20 April 2017).

In 1999, the Sabah State Government declared the Lower Kinabatangan as Sabah’s “Gift to the Earth”. Renowned worldwide for its highly diverse wildlife, the area hosts a booming ecotourism industry that contributes to the household earnings of the people in Kinabatangan and also powers the state's economy.

Scrapping off the bridge is a win-win situation for both man and Mother Nature. We must now move forward with ramping up collective efforts to conserve Sabah's Gift to the Earth. This includes establishing the Kinabatangan Management Committee (KMC) to ensure a more effective and sustainable management of Kinabatangan, the Corridor of Life.

KMC is just one of the aims listed in the Kinabatangan Management Plan, which was commissioned by Sabah’s Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, and developed by WWF-Malaysia in 2015. It envisages how stakeholders can work together to identify, develop and integrate solutions to manage the Lower Kinabatangan in a more sustainable manner.

With the implementation of this management plan, the following can be achieved: 
  1. A framework for balancing conservation, economic and social goals among the multiple stakeholders in the Lower Kinabatangan.
  2. The most pressing issues and threats related to wildlife populations and natural habitats in the Lower Kinabatangan are addressed, and these conflicts rationalized; 
  3. Areas for action, particularly on cross-cutting and cross-boundary issues related to the management of wildlife and their habitat are identified; and 
  4. Synergy between stakeholders through strategic planning to avoid overlap and address gaps, and limited funds are utilized in an effective and efficient manner.

WWF-Malaysia looks forward to continue collaborating with the Sabah State Government, the good people of Kinabatangan and other stakeholders to conserve Sabah's Gift to the Earth through sustainable management of resources. This is the best gift that all of us can give to the inhabitants of the Corridor of Life, and to the world. Together, anything is possible.

Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma
Executive Director / CEO WWF-Malaysia

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For more information, please contact:
Leona Liman
Senior Communications Officer, Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +6088 262420 ext 123
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