Sarawak will soon have its National Parks and Wildlife Department aimed to better manage Sarawak’s protected areas.
It will focus on wildlife protection and accelerating gazettement of totally protected areas in the state.
The roles of relevant existing departments such as the Forest Department and Sarawak Forestry Corporation are being redefined to make way for it.
Deputy Chief Minister Of Industrial & Entrepreneur Development and Second Minister Of Urban Development & Natural Resources, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said this new department would focus on promoting tourism in national parks, nature reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, creating a more coordinated manpower to financially managing these areas.
As Sarawak places priority on conservation, with the state’s gazetting of over 944,000ha to date and involvement in projects like the Heart of Borneo, this new department would work towards growing conservation tourism in the state.