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Community Leaders and Tourism Players formulate Vision for Semporna



Posted on 05 April 2008
Participants of the Semporna Priority Conservation Area Visioning Workshop, held from 2 - 4 April 2008, with Encik AM Ibnu bin Haji AK Baba (District Officer of Semporna; seated second from left), and Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Manager, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia). Over 50 community leaders and 20 local tourism operators attended the workshop.
Participants of the Semporna Priority Conservation Area Visioning Workshop, held from 2 - 4 April 2008, with Encik AM Ibnu bin Haji AK Baba (District Officer of Semporna; seated second from left), and Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Manager, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia). Over 50 community leaders and 20 local tourism operators attended the workshop.
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Semporna, Sabah – Over 50 community leaders from islands in the region gathered with tourism industry players at Seafest Hotel in Semporna for the first time. The three day workshop, which ended yesterday, resulted in the formulation of a vision for the Semporna Priority Conservation Area - an area recognised for its rich marine biodiversity. Representatives from the various groups expressed their commitment towards this vision.

The four themes of the vision lie in the food, services and income provided by marine ecosystems, the equitable sharing of resources, the upholding of traditions and values, and the importance of integration among various groups to achieve sustainable development.

These themes emerged through a series of group discussions focused on the effect that human actions have on the environment, and the current and potential benefits that can be reaped from it. Haji Jamaludin bin Supu, Ketua Kampung of Kampung Pulau Mabul, pointed out during one of the group discussions that there is a need for stronger enforcement on issues such as fish bombing by outsiders and upgrading of facilities including the provision of adequate waste disposal units.

The Visioning Workshop, jointly organised by the Semporna District Office and WWF-Malaysia, was launched by the District Officer of Semporna, Encik AM Ibnu bin Haji AK Baba. During his speech, Encik Ibnu highlighted the newly-revived Semporna Tourism Action Council (STAC). As Chairman, he pledged to use this council as a tool to develop tourism in Semporna. This contributes towards the identification of Semporna as a Tourism and Marine Industry Zone in the Sabah Development Corridor.

Dato’ Seri Tengku Zainal Adlin, Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board, supported the importance of Semporna as a tourism destination. According to him, Sabah Tourism Board’s target is to achieve 1% of the total global tourism receipts of US$2,000 billion by 2020. As an important tourist destination, this translates to great opportunities for Semporna. However, he pressed that everyone, not just tourism industry players, must help ensure that the experience enjoyed by tourists is a positive and memorable one.

The workshop contributes to the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) Action Plans of Malaysia, on Sustainable Fisheries, Marine Protected Areas, and Charismatic and Endangered Species. The government of Malaysia and WWF-Malaysia continue to conduct and support activities under these three action plans, which contribute towards meeting the goals of the Coral Triangle Initiative.


For further information, please contact:
Marina Aman Sham, Communications Officer, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel (office): +6088 262 420 / Mobile: +6 012 833 1976 / E-mail: msham@wwf.org.my
Participants of the Semporna Priority Conservation Area Visioning Workshop, held from 2 - 4 April 2008, with Encik AM Ibnu bin Haji AK Baba (District Officer of Semporna; seated second from left), and Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Manager, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia). Over 50 community leaders and 20 local tourism operators attended the workshop.
Participants of the Semporna Priority Conservation Area Visioning Workshop, held from 2 - 4 April 2008, with Encik AM Ibnu bin Haji AK Baba (District Officer of Semporna; seated second from left), and Dr. Annadel Cabanban (Manager, Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion Programme, WWF-Malaysia). Over 50 community leaders and 20 local tourism operators attended the workshop.
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