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Seminar on Status of Sabah Biodiversity Strategy 2018
6 - 7 December 2018
Promenade Hotel, Kota Kinabalu

Paper 1 : Overview of the Sabah Biodiversity Strategy by Mr. Gerald Jetony (Sabah Biodiversity Centre)


Moderator : Cyntia Ong

Paper 2 : Eco-Tourism Planning and Sustainable Community Development by Mr. Effendi Mahani (Sabah Tourism Board)

Paper 3 : Engaging Community through Environmental Education by Dr. Susan Pudin (Environment Protection Department)


Community environmental education focuses on environmental issues and how a community could work together to address environmental challenges or to prevent new ones. Heimlich & Horr (2010) emphasised that working with communities through the process of co-construction has the capacity to respond to local environmental issues. It is pertinent to obtain a meaningful and holistic perspective of the community through a co-construction process which includes engagement, interactions and critical reflections (Smidt, 2014) about strengths, assets, opportunities, needs, barriers, shared aspirations, physical space, institutions and local economy. This paper presents lessons learned from the community environmental education studies, which involved the process of co-construction, carried out in Kampung Darau, Kota Kinabalu, Kampung Perpaduan Ria 1, Kudat and Kampung Suasa, Beaufort. The studies were based on a model of community environmental education developed and guided by theoretical principles as well as experiences and limitations in the programme development process in a PhD research conducted in 2012 - 2015.

Paper 4 : Community based Conservation by Mr. Rosli Jukrana (Batu Puteh Community Eco-Tourism Cooperative - KOPEL Bhd.)


Moderator : Dr. Robert Ong 

Paper 5 : Community-base Water Quality Monitoring by Duanis Mogirong (Department of Irrigation and Drainage)

Paper 6 : Reducing Pressures from Invasive Alien Species : War on the Noxious Salvinia molesta in Sabah, Malaysia by Salahaudin Maili (Department of Agriculture)


Salahaudin Maili, Evenni Poili, Shahrin Usidi, Jain Linton & Julia Lamdin (Agriculture Research Centre, Department of Agriculture Sabah)

The invasions of invasive alien species (IAS) in Sabah is an important aspect which are under continuous monitoring by the Department of Agriculture Sabah (DOAs). This is in line with the provisions in Plant Quarantine Act 1976 (Act 167) and Plant Quarantine Regulations, 1981. DOAS also agreed on the implementation schedules of the National Action plan for prevention, containment, eradication and control of IAS in Malaysia as formulated by the member of the National Working Group on Invasive Alien Species in 2013. This effort is also in line with the newly formulated National Policy on Biological Diversity 2016 - 2025 and in tandem with the 10 year strategy in Sabah Biodiversity Strategy 2012 - 2022. All these efforts are important to fulfill Malaysia's obligation under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable Development Goals of the Convention. The current report presents the action plan taken by DOAS in order to fulfill Sabah Biodiversity Strategy (2012 - 2022). Under the Strategy 3 - Building Eco system resilience in Sabah Biodiversity Strategy, DOAS has so far been implementing action plan to mitigate the spread of invasive aquatic plants namely, Salvinia molesta in ox-bow lakes and other water bodies in Sabah.

Paper 7 : High Conservation value Areas in Sabah by Dr. Reuben Nilus (Sabah Forestry Department)


Robert C. Ong, Reuben Nilus, John B. Sugau, Alexander Hastie, Julsun Sikul, Mohmad Jumri Abdul Hamid (Forest Research Centre, Sabah Forestry Department)

Colin R. Maycock, Sandy Tsen, Lee Yew Leung, Suzika Juiling (Universiti Malaysia Sabah)

Casey Ng, Nicola Abram & Hugo (Forever Sabah)

The statewide high conservation values assessment is a regional landscape approached to identify critical concentration of biodiversity that are threatened and endemic, endangered forest ecosystems and existence of large forest lanscape, including critical ecosystem services, in all land-use type in Sabah. Sabah Forestry Department, through Forest Research Centre, is a leading institution carrying out this activity alongside with equally crucial partners, such as University of Malaysia Sabah and Forever Sabah. This assessment output will significantly contribute to the formulation of the statewide forest management plan and also Sabah's RSPO Jurisdiction Certification by 2025. To date, critical biodiversity that potentially harbour high concentration of threathened and endemic species, endangered forest ecosystems and large contguous forest landscape and areas critical for ecosystem services have been identified. Further understanding of potential threats and consultative process among stakeholder and expert biodiversity group are required, prior to the formulation of sound planning to manage and monitor these HCVs that is significantly contribute to the state biodiversity conservation outcome.

Paper 8 : Project on Sustainable Development for Biodiversity Conservation in Sabah by Dr. Kazunobu Suzuki (Japan International Cooperation Agency - JICA)