‘Penang to gazette mangrove areas as forest reserves’
The state government plans to gazette mangrove areas in Penang as forest reserves to ensure they are properly protected.
State Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said it planned to gazette areas with dense mangrove forests from Bagan Belat to Kuala Muda in Seberang Prai Utara and Sungai Acheh in Seberang Prai Selatan.
He said there was no statistics on the size of mangrove forests in the state as the Forestry Department was in the process of surveying the areas.
“Once the survey is ready, we hope to identify the mangrove areas in the state.
“We plan to gazette most of
them to ensure their continuous existence,” he told the New
Phee said there were more mangroves in the state now compared with before the tsunami in December 2004, but he could not provide relevant information.
In October 2011, Phee reportedly announced that the state government had plans to declare 664ha of mangrove forests in the state as permanent forest reserve.
He had said the state government’s target was to declare at least 800ha as forest reserve to protect the mangroves.
However, there has not been any new development since his announcement.
Phee Boon Poh