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Sabah forms climate change committee

Published on: Monday August 22, 2022

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Good governance is also essential for carbon projects to succeed the pioneering efforts of “2002-2018” where the government is recognized as a “game changer”. – Photo of Bernama for information only

SABAH has formed a Climate Change Committee to advise the state government on climate change, mitigation measures needed to reduce its effects and to review forest carbon projects. It is also about determining and monitoring the long-term implications of climate change and its harmful effects. effects on Sabah and strategies to deal with them. Chaired by Technical Advisor (Forests) to Chief Minister Datuk Sam Mannan, who is also a former Chief Conservator of Forests, its initial term is from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023.


Other members are Datuk Darrel Webber (Engineer and Old World, RSPO Sec-Gen or Sustainable Oil Palm Roundtable, Datuk Tengku Fuad Legal Advisor to the Government of Sabah, Cynthia Ong LEAP an NGO, Datuk Dr John Payne Biologist who heads the local NGO Bora and Wildlife Specialist and WWF’s Robecca Jumin. Each member of the committee must also focus on their specialties such as legal issues. As early as 1992, Sabah embarked on a pioneering journey to reduce the amount of CO2 in the air thanks to the Infapro project.Through this large project, forest rehabilitation works have started to restore 25,000 hectares of badly damaged forests in the Ulu Segama forest reserve in Lahad Datu.After nearly 30 years of hard work and native labor resources, the restoration work was successful in that to the untrained eye the area appeared untouched and the displaced wildlife (orangutans) was rev low in number. Sam said the second project was the “Bio Malua Bank” at Malua Forest Reserve involving 34,000 hectares. For the first time, the owner of both projects (Sabah Foundation) and his partner tried to commercialize biodiversity, such as monetizing biodiversity or simply trying to make money from wildlife – Love For Sale . Unfortunately, the Bio-Bank did not sell because its time had not come. It was supposed to be funded by bio-unit sales of which the West seemed skeptical. From then on, the project died. Now the third project, involving 80,000 hectares (Sabah Foundation area) in Kuamut, a logged forest, has taken about 11 years due to extensive deliberations. He finally promised the best of returns with some already prepaid. However, for commercial reasons, the sums won so far cannot be disclosed. “It is pertinent to disclose that our UK-based partner was recently awarded the best carbon project in the tropics for 2022, based on its assets outside of Sabah.


“Why did they choose Sabah? The service life was only about 30 years for Kuamut. “I suggest to you that they stayed in Sabah despite some unrest because of long-term forest management policies.” A pool of trained and skilled technocrats experienced in SFM, Total Protected Areas (TPAS) and global forestry engagement at the top e.g. Deramakot Forest Reserve. He said such skills allow for the natural progression to carbon projects, such as doing nothing for something or conceptualizing why good is bad and bad is good. Good governance is also essential for carbon projects to succeed the pioneering efforts of “2002-2018” where the government is recognized as a “game changer”. In the meantime, two other carbon projects are in the feasibility study and no final decision has been taken. However, the momentum to do more continues to build. Blue carbon or carbon involving the seas and coastal areas is beginning to emerge. A level of productivity, exceeding ten (10) times that of terrestrial carbon productivity, has been identified. According to Sam, the committee is tasked with drafting carbon trading legislation within a year. Sam said the committee is of the view that for Sabah to venture into the carbon exchange market, a third party in trading relationships is not needed as the state has years of experience and its own experts in environmental conservation efforts. “The carbon trading market was quite underdeveloped for many years. But now it is (developed) because of pollution. Thus, organizations buy carbon credits to offset their own pollution. “In doing so, Sabah needs to come up with carbon trading legislation to regulate how the state is trading this because we want to drive the market. We don’t want the deal going through a third party,” he said. he said at a press conference on the issue in Sandakan on August 15. Carbon credit trading is a market-based system designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, especially carbon dioxide, by creating a financial incentive to do so Sam said the state entity responsible for conducting transactions on the Sabah carbon exchange would be the Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah) and that right should remain Sabahan: “Sabah is fortunate to have the perception in the region that we have a high level of conservation governance. But the big difference is in carbon pricing,” he said.

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Teresa H. Sadler