Forest Department Sarawak, industry stakeholders pledge cooperation to continue conservation of forests

A group photo of Hamden seated (centre) with other key stakeholders, management executives and their staff after the meeting to mark the International Day of Forest on March 21, 2024. Photo credit: FDS

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, March 21: Key stakeholders have come together to commemorate the vital significance of forest in conjunction with the International Day of Forests.

Forest Department Sarawak (FDS) director Datu Hamden Mohammad, along with Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), Hardwood Timber Sdn Bhd (HTSB), and Sarawak Timber Association (STA) have pledged to renew their collective commitment to safeguard the forests in the state through collaboration and concerted efforts.


In a statement issued today, Hamden emphasised their shared vision for a future where Sarawak’s forests and timber sector thrive sustainably, contributing to both environmental conservation and socio-economic development for present and future generations.

“Together, we reaffirm our shared commitment to propel the forestry and timber industry in Sarawak forward, ensuring its sustainability while fostering economic growth and providing employment opportunities,” Hamden stated during the commemorative meeting held to mark the occasion.

Highlighting the close collaboration among FDS, STIDC, HTSB, and STA, Hamden underscored their dedication to overcoming obstacles at both national and international levels, resulting in significant milestones for the Sarawak timber industry’s well-being.

Furthermore, Hamden stressed their collective commitment to actively engage in initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable forest management practices.

This includes collaborating closely with diverse stakeholders, exploring innovative approaches, leveraging advanced technologies, and enhancing strategies to bolster sustainable forest management.

“FDS, STIDC, HTSB, and STA are committed to ensuring policy coherence and promoting Sarawak’s legality system embedded in the Sarawak Timber Legality Verification System,” he added.

Also present at the meeting were STIDC general manager Zainal Abidin Abdullah, HTSB general manager Abu Hassan Yusuf, and STA chief executive officer Annie Ting. — DayakDaily