Malaysian Leaders Pledge to Protect Country’s Natural Heritage at Royal Belum Perak-WWF Conservation Summit 2017
The primary objective was to serve as an effective platform to highlight their contributions towards global efforts in conserving our planet and its resources, their aspirations for a greener Malaysia and to facilitate increasing collaborative efforts to protect Malaysia’s natural heritage – for three national priority landscapes and one seascape in particular.
Also in attendance were government leaders from the state of Perak, including YAB Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Chief Minister of Perak. The summit saw open discussion and sharing of information from all parties, particularly pertaining to the Central Forest Spine (Peninsular Malaysia) and tiger conservation efforts in Perak, the Heart of Borneo initiative in Sabah and Sarawak, the Coral Triangle Initiative off the East Malaysia seas and sustainable financing practices in Malaysia.
According to the Living Planet Report 2016, the earth is in a constant state of environmental decline. Global biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate, putting the survival of other species and our own future at risk. Hence, the report suggests that a shared understanding of the link between humanity and nature could induce a profound change that will allow all life to thrive.
“The purpose of this Conservation Summit is to provide a platform to reflect on the achievements of the three national initiatives, discuss lessons learnt and reflect on emerging challenges. We are optimistic that this meeting of great minds will result in recommendations being developed for the advancement of these land and seascape initiatives, to support both our local and global commitments in conservation,” shared Dato’ Dr Dionysius SK Sharma, CEO Executive Director / CEO of WWF-Malaysia.
Malaysia is a signatory to the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
As an outcome from the summit, a resolution was established to support the recent high-level dialogue on enhancing tiger conservation efforts in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. Collectively, the leaders pledged to support the Perak State Government efforts in various aspects focused on securing the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex as one of the nation’s most important tiger priority sites in Peninsular Malaysia, including achieving Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS) accreditation for the Royal Belum State Park, and enabling a well-equipped rapid response team to support the state’s commitment to zero poaching by 2020.
The Belum-Temengor Forest Complex is located in northern Perak and spans about 3,000 km2 – an area of about four times the size of Singapore. It has been identified as one of three priority sites for tigers in the country under the National Tiger Conservation Action Plan. Belum-Temengor represents a critical area for tigers as the breeding population of tigers found there is an important source population for the larger Northern Main Range landscape, which, at over 8,000 km2, is one of the largest contiguous habitats for tigers in Peninsular Malaysia.
The roundtable dialogue on the second day of the RBP-WWF Summit was observed by the Sultan of Perak, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah and His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, who are the patron of WWF-Malaysia and the president of WWF-UK respectively. The Conservation Summit is part of the official visit tour of His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales to Malaysia this year.
Commenting on the outcome of the summit, Dato’ Dr Sharma added that conserving our natural heritage can only be possible if all parties continue to work together towards a common goal.
“Conservation is a collective effort, and is more effective when all stakeholders are synergised towards the same vision. It is encouraging to see that government agencies, financial institutions, managing authorities and NGOs alike are playing a crucial role in conservation,” he said.
It was collectively resolved at the close of the summit that the leaders would form an alliance to adopt a common conservation vision in support of Malaysia’s commitment to global treaties and conventions.
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