IPOH – Perak has 42,232.75 hectares of mangrove forest with status of permanent forest reserve (PFR) until September this year, the State Assembly heard today.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir said the increase was after 616 hectares of state land in mukim Lekir, Manjung, were gazetted as PFR on Feb 12 this year.
“The State Executive Council has approved the gazetting of 152.98 hectares in Kelip-Kelip Forest Reserve, Kuala Sepetang as PFR (Nov 6, 2013) and 1,502 hectares in Teluk Rubiah Forest Reserve â€‹as PFR (April 23, 2014),” he said in reply to an oral question from Husin Din (PAS-Selinsing).
The PFR status of mangrove forests in Kerian district is monitored by the Perak Forestry Department and enforcement is consistent with the National Forestry Act Enactment 1984.
“The mangrove forest areas with PFR status include Pulau Gula Forest Reserve, Chabai Malai Forest Reserve, Sungai Sepetang Forest Reserve, Jebong Forest Reserve, Pulau Selinsing Forest Reserve and Pulau Kelumpang Forest Reserve, with overall area of â€‹â€‹11,326.6 hectares.”
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for traders of mangrove wood-based industry sector is guided by the Laut Matang Mangrove Forest Management System.
Meanwhile, Zambry said the Laut Matang Mangrove Forest was judged as having the best forest management system in the world.
“I do not know what criteria were used. I accepted all feedback to improve hence the international recognition,” he said in reply to a suppplementary question from Chua Yee Ling (PKR-Kuala Sepetang) who claimed that a professor had emailed him that a study found that management of mangrove forest in Malaysia was unsatisfactory and that Perak was in third place. – BERNAMA