States advised to be cautious in entering into deals in the forestry sector related to climate change
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes the clarification by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) that the carbon-offset deal signed by the Kelantan State Government with a private company has nothing to do with any United Nations’ mechanism.
Minister Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has clarified that the UN mechanism related to the forestry sector (that was disingenuously referred to by the deal’s proponents) does not involve any market-based mechanism as implied in the trading of carbon credits.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) welcomes and fully supports the proposal by Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to introduce environmental education in schools.
SAM believes that educators of today should promote environmental literacy in schools and as early as in pre-school level. According to the UNESCO-UNEP International Environmental Education Programme, an environmentally literate person is an individual who is able to understand, make informed decisions and act concerning the environment; working individually and collectively in promoting a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
The MADA Farmers’ Action Committee strongly urges the Malaysian government not to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants of 1991 (UPOV 1991) that is detrimental to the interests of small farmers.
We are very concerned that UPOV 1991 favours big seed companies and commercial plant breeders of rich developed countries’ and does not protect the rights and interests of small farmers of developing countries such as Malaysia.
CAP is Disappointed with Penang EXCO’s statement WILLING TO DESTORY MANGROVE FORESTS FOR THE SAKE OF DEVELOPMENT
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with the statement by YB Phee Boon Poh, Penang State EXCO for Welfare,Caring Society and Environment quoted in a Malay Daily implying that the State is willing to destroy the mangroves in Bagan Jermal to make way for the implementation of a reclamation project here.
According to YB Phee, the felling of the 9.38 hectares of mangrove forest here is for the purpose of generating income for the state rather than leaving it idle without producing any revenue. Commenting on a news article published in Berita Harian today, CAP requests YB Phee to produce findings that the mangroves in the said area does not have any benefits for the environment and livelihood of the local fishers.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) is upset that the mangrove forests in Penang continue to be felled although there have been many protests especially by fisher communities whose livelihood is threatened following the implementation of development projects here.
Recently an area of 9.38 hectares of mangroves in Bagan Jermal has been reportedly destroyed to make way for a reclamation project in this area. This incident clearly shows that the Penang state government is not serious in protecting the environment and the lives of the people, particularly the fisher community in the State.