Malaysia is Making Progress with Forest Sustainability, says FRA Forest Research Associates (FRA) supports Malaysia’s moves

towards managed forestr y. The Sabah region of Malaysia has almost 400,000 hectares of Forest Stewardshi p Council (FSC) classified managed forests, making it the most sustainable regio n. Seattle, WA, July 11, 2011 -- Forest Research Associates (FRA) supports Malaysia’s moves towards managed forestry. The Sabah region of Malaysia has almost 400,000 hectares of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) classified managed forests, making it the most sustainable region. The state was awarded a further two FSC Well Managed Forests Certificates earlie r this month for regions covering 300,000 hectares. “Malaysia is showing commitmen t to its forests by holding onto one of the longest running certifications with the FSC, while winning new certifications for huge areas of its rainforest land,” stated FRA’s analyst Peter Collins. The new certifications were awarded to the Tangkulap-Pinangah and the Ulu Segama -Malua forest reserves during the FSC General Assembly Gala Dinner. Chief Minist er Datuk Seri Musa Aman sent Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitinga n on his behalf to deliver a speech. He stated, “Our association with the FSC date s back to over a decade ago following the certification of Deramakot Forest Rese rve in July 1997. “This is indeed a success story for us here in Sabah. It is a fact that our experi ence with Deramakot now serves as an important catalyst in spreading Sustainable Forest Management practices which we adopted in 1997, to the State’s 3.6 million ha of forest reserves,” he added. The FRA is a research and analysis consultancy that focuses on sustainability, f orestry investment and global managed forestry issues. It welcomes the news that 300,000 hectares of forests in Malaysia are now protected through the FSC certi fication. Peter Collins continued, “It is great to see a commitment from such an i mportant nation in the fight to protect our valuable forests from deforestation and over-logging. This not only protects the future of the forests, which are vi tal for the control of CO2 emissions, but also safeguards the future of the indu stry for generations to come, ensuring that they too can make a living out of su stainable forestry.” FRA claims that foreign investment in managed forestry projects taking place in developing countries is vital for the future of both the forestry industry and t he planet. Firms like Greenwood Management and Foreco Growth are now offering pe ople the opportunity to invest in areas of sustainably managed forestry in emerg ing economies such as Brazil. Pairin added, “We are committed to moving forward the need to certify other forest reserves in Sabah.” One of the changes that the region has introduced was the pha sing out of short-term logging contracts that flouted the principles of sustaina bility. “By committing to sustainable ways of logging, Sabah has also been able to safegua rd the interests of local communities whose lives depend on the forest,” added Pai rin. Contact: Peter Collins Forestry Research Associates 620 Vineyard Lane Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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