Sabah Parks upbeat on 13pc marine protection
Published on: Friday, March 15, 2019
By: Larry Ralon

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Parks is optimistic of having 13 per cent of coastal areas gazetted under marine protected areas by 2023 – a target set by the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry which has become one of its main key performance index (KPI).    

Its Director, Dr Jamili Nais, said they are in the process of identifying other new areas to be gazetted that can help them achieve the target, besides the Pulau Mantanani Complex in Kota Belud and Darvel Bay in Lahad Datu, which are presently in the process of being gazetted as marine protected areas before 2023. 

Sabah Parks has only achieved 7.4 per cent marine protected area so far, which will increase to about 11 per cent when the Pulau Mantanani Complex and Darvel Bay have been gazetted, he said, while declining to name the other new areas.   

“We will make a proposal to the State Government. It is compulsory for us to resolve all the processes involved by 2023,” he said when asked in a press conference held after the opening of the Sabah Parks’ Strategic Plan 2019 Workshop and Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sabah Parks and Universiti Institut Teknologi Mara (UiTM) at Hilton Hotel here Thursday.  

But it was learnt that the other new areas concerned are actually expansions of the already gazetted Pulau Sipadan and Tun Sakaran Marine Parks’ areas. The expansion of these parks will see the marine protected areas increase to 13 per cent of the total Sabah sea area. 

The expansion for Pulau Sipadan marine park is said will also include Pulau Ligitan as part of the marine protected area.  

Sabah Parks currently manages six gazetted marine parks, namely Tunku Abdul Rahman Park covering 4,929 hectares and gazetted in 1974, Turtle Island Park (1,740ha and gazetted 1977), Pulau Tiga Park (15,864 ha and gazetted 1978), Tun Sakaran Marine Park (35,000ha and gazetted 2004), Sipadan Island Park (16,690ha and gazetted 2009), Tun Mustapha Park (898,763ha and gazetted 2016).  

According to Dr Nais, based on experiences the process to gazette an area as a marine protected area takes a long time, for example, the process to gazette Tun Sakaran Marine Park took 17 years to achieve and for Tun Mustapha Park it takes 11 years. 

“So for the new areas that will be gazetted the processes just started. They are still at the stage of proposal to the State Government, while the documentation and public consultation processes will also be implemented,” he said. 


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