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Sulaman’s mangroves
Published on: Thursday, October 10, 2019
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TUARAN: The Technical Planning and Implementation Committee (JTPP) has organised Mangrove Tree Planting Programme on the national shoreline at Sulaman Wetland Sanctuary.

The conservation programme aims to introduce the importance of the mangrove trees as a protection against the waves and prevents sand erosion to the local community.

It involves the planting of 1300 seeds from five mangrove species, the highest record for one planting session in 2019 for the Sustainable Forest Management License (SFMLA) Borneo Sulaman Cove license area.

Among the participants were Chief Forest Conservator, Director General of the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia, State Directors, government agencies, non-governmental organisation (NGO) and 23 primary school students for purpose of environmental education and care.

Tasik Sulaman Mangrove Forest was gazetted as a Class V mangrove forest, managed by the Sabah Forestry Department. In 2007, part of the management of the Forest Reserve was granted to Borneo Sulaman Cove Sdn.Bhd as a Forest Management Unit (FMU) for 50 years, under the SFMLA 02/2007.

The Forest Reserve is located in the Tuaran, covering 488 hectares comprising mangrove forests, Coastal Forest and large degraded areas that have been grown by non-native plants.

Activities in the forest are limited to conservation, education and eco-tourism and known as Wetland Sanctuary (SWS). 

In addition, SWS is now home to the endangered Proboscis Monkey known by its scientific name, Nasalis Larvatus, Bruguiera Hainesii, a rare and endangered species of mangrove forest and Pteroptyx Gelasina, a unique and rare fireflies.

Meanwhile, the New Silk Road (NSR) Network in collaboration with the Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society will be organising the NSR Asia Pacific “Art Connects” Week KK Wetlands Art Outing Programme on Oct 27. 

The art outing event will take place at the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands in Likas starting 7.30am. 

It will be held after the launching, on Oct 26, of the month-long NSR Asia Pacific Inaugural “Art Connects” International Art Exhibition.

“This is another milestone set by the NSR Network’s in its effort to enhance its social interaction with other organisation,” said NSR Network Head of Creative Arts and Culture, Matthews Aziz, in a statement. 

The decision to hold the event was agreed on during a cordial visit by the Chairman of NSR Network, Datuk Dr Wilson Yong Tung Yung, the “Art Connects” committee, and members of NSR Network to the President of Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society, Datuk Zainie Abdul Aucasa at the Kota Kinabalu Wetlands Center on Oct 4.

Zainie believed the effort would be of benefit to both parties and SWCS would be able to contribute in other areas of NSR Network’s programmes i.e. in the future economic forums organized by NSR Network.

The initial goal of their collaborative effort is to arrange a sketching and painting outing in the KK Wetlands which will be participated by several international artists and local artist participants as well as other interested individuals (students and members of the public). 

The Art Outing, on one hand, shall serve to heighten the environmental awareness in participants since they will be looking at one aspect of an ecosystem which for some may be a first-time experience and where they can explore a unique natural environment and to observe the relationship between the vegetation and creatures within the wetlands and to be mindful of the need for its protection.

On the other hand, it would be opportune for the visual art proponents to observe an interesting subject matter to work on first-hand and to observe and exploit into art forms the various features within this particular environment. 

The NSR Network’s Creative Arts and Culture group do advocate and encourage that artists give themselves the opportunity to immerse themselves in a real situation and work directly by drawing from life. 

This approach can be most instructive besides looking at printed and electronic images of objects as references.

 



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