STA com­mit­tee on week-long study tour to South­ern China

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HAIKOU, China: Sarawak Tim­ber As­so­ci­a­tion ( STA) For­est Plan­ta­tion Com­mit­tee has em­barked on a week-long study tour to South­ern China to learn for­est plan­ta­tion estab­lish­ment and man­age­ment prac­tices, in­clud­ing re­search and de­vel­op­ment ( R& D).

In ad­di­tion, it is also to study the har­vest­ing, pro­cess­ing and util­i­sa­tion of plan­ta­tion logs.

The 11-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion is led by Com­mit­tee chair­man Peter Ling.

The study tour will cover Haikou, Zhan­jiang and Guangzhou.

They ar­rived in Haikou, the cap­i­tal and most pop­u­lous city of Hainan province, late Sun­day.

On Mon­day, the del­e­ga­tion paid a cour­tesy call on Hainan For­est Depart­ment where they had a meet­ing with its head of en­gi­neer­ing Zhou Yadong and Asia Pulp Pa­per (APP) com­pany deputy gen­eral man­ager Yang Fuwang.

Both par­ties had a fruit­ful meet­ing dis­cussing prac­tices and poli­cies as well as shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge in de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity man­age­ment of for­est plan­ta­tions in their re­spec­tive coun­tries.

At the meet­ing, Ling thanked Zhou for tak­ing pre­cious time to meet the del­e­ga­tion.

“We want to take won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity this to ex­plore and learn from our Chi­nese coun­ter­parts their best prac­tices to en­hance ef­forts and ini­tia­tives on re­for­esta­tion in Sarawak,” he said in his ad­dress at the meet­ing.

Not­ing China’s ex­cel­lent achieve­ment in the for­est plan­ta­tion in­dus­try in­clud­ing R& D, he pointed out that this col­lab­o­ra­tion will only re­sult in a win-win sit­u­a­tion for all stake­hold­ers.

“Through estab­lish­ment of in­dus­trial forests in Sarawak, our aim is to en­hance the pro­tec­tion of our for­est en­vi­ron­ment. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect the forests as we re­alise the ben­e­fits of bio­di­ver­sity and ecosys­tem,” he said.

“Suc­cess is only a mat­ter of how we pave the way to­wards achiev­ing our ul­ti­mate goal, which is to in­crease for­est cover and en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of our forests and at the same time achiev­ing eco­nomic growth and im­prov­ing the liveli­hood of our peo­ple,” he em­pha­sised.

They also vis­ited APP Ling Gao- Cheng Ling For­est Farm where they were in­tro­duced to ap­proaches in util­i­sa­tion of land, plant­ing tech­niques, soil com­po­si­tion and species of trees, among oth­ers.

Ling also thanked the Con­sulate- Gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Kuch­ing, Guang­dong Forestry, For­eign Af­fairs Of­fice of Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment of Guang­dong Province and For­eign Af­fairs Of­fice of Hainan Province as well as rel­e­vant agen­cies, pri­vate com­pa­nies and in­sti­tutes for their as­sis­tance and sup­port in var­i­ous as­pects that have con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of this trip.

The del­e­ga­tion pro­ceeded to Zhan­jiang, a pre­fec­turelevel city at the south-western end of Guang­dong province yes­ter­day and is ex­pected to visit Zhan­jiang Eu­ca­lyp­tus Cen­tre.

To­day, they are sched­uled to visit and meet of­fi­cials of Leizhou Forestry’s Eu­ca­lyp­tus Forests Farm and Pro­cess­ing Mill, Chen­ming Pa­per and South China Ex­per­i­men­tary Nurs­ery.

In the last leg at Guangzhou, they will visit the Guang­dong Yuzhu In­ter­na­tional Wood Tim­ber Mar­ket as well as Guang­dong Forestry and Re­search In­sti­tute of Trop­i­cal Forestry, Chi­nese Academy of Forestry.

The com­mit­tee hopes that the ap­pro­pri­ate prac­tices and poli­cies from China can be con­sid­ered for adop­tion in Sarawak for­est plan­ta­tion in­dus­try and thus as­sist in the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of this in­dus­try in the state.

Mas­ing (third left) dis­cusses the pro­posed Sun­gai Tunoh road with Rah­man Dahlan (third right) while (from left) Nanta, Nyabong, Ugak and Aaron look on.

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