KUNDASANG – The uniqueness of Sabah’s biodiveristy has made the state a popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
He said most tourists visiting the state like to see and experience for themselves the uniqueness of the biodiversity such as in the Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon – known as a world class conservation area that received many recognition.
“The forests are the habitat of many plant and animal species including birds, reptiles, fish and rare mammals like sun bears, Sumatran rhinos, pygmy elephants, orangutans and proboscis monkeys.
“Directly or indirectly the existing biodiversity provides many benefits to the state, especially in the tourism sector and, as such, we have to cooperate to protect it through sustainable and proactive conservation and presevation,” he said at the launch of the Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Sabah, here today.
His text of speech was read by his assistant minister Datuk Kamarlin Ombi.
Masidi said the document on the 10-year strategy, executed since 2012, was a committment and contribution in fulfilling Malaysia’s pledge in implementing the Convention on Diversity Biology. – BERNAMA