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Herpetofaunal Training Programme – Bako National Park
3rd and 4th September 2016

A Herpetofaunal Training was jointly organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC) Sarawak, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) at Bako National Park on 3rd and 4th September 2016. The training which featured activities such as talk sessions on herpetofaunas and conservation of the species, field observations and the required field techniques facilitated by resource persons from UNIMAS and SFC involved some 30 participants comprising guides from the Sarawak Tourist Guides Association (SkTGA), licensed Bako Park Guides and staff of selected national parks in Kuching. The training was conducted as part of efforts to equip the industry’s front liners; especially the local guides with proper and adequate training as the State plans to embark on another segment of the ecotourism industry, 'herpetofaunal ecotourism'.

 
Working Visit to Sabah Parks
1st to 3rd September 2016

A group of high ranking officials from the Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment Sarawak, Ministry of Tourism, Art and Culture Sarawak, Forest Department Sarawak, SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation and Sarawak Tourism Board visited the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and Kinabalu Park on 1st to 3rd September 2016. The entourage comprised YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, the Assistant Minister for Environment and Assistant Minister for Workforce Development and Training Sarawak; YB Datuk John Sikie ak Tayai Assistant Minister for Native Laws and Customs/ Assistant Minister for Arts and Culture and wife, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, Deputy Chairman of STB and Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Datu Sudarsono Osman, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Resource Planning And Environment. The purpose of the visit was to look at the concessionaire management models of parks managed by Sabah Parks. The group was welcomed and accompanied by YB Datuk Haji Kamarlin Bin Haji Ombi, Assistant Minister of Tourism Sabah throughout the visit. The Director of Sabah Park, Dr. Jamali Nais briefed the entourage on the ‘Management of Parks in Sabah including the Concessionaire Management of some parks in Sabah, and the Senior Park Warden of Sabah Parks briefed on ‘The Community Participation Project’. SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation was represented by Mr. Victor Luna Amin, Manager, PABC.

 
State Level Merdeka Celebration 2016 – Sri Aman
30th and 31st August 2016

Thousands thronged Sri Aman Sports Complex for the state-level National Day celebration at Sri Aman on 31st August 2016 graced by His Excellency Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, The Governor of Sarawak and wife, Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Raghad Kurdi Taib. Also present was an entourage of high ranking state officials, including The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr.) Hj. Adenan Hj. Satem, Sarawak’s Chief Minister of Sarawak who was accompanied by his wife, The Right Honourable Datin Patinggi Dato Hajah Jamilah bt Haji Anu, Deputy Chief Ministers, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, state cabinet members and other dignitaries. SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation was represented by Tuan Haji Zolkipli Aton, Deputy General Manager of Sustainable Forestry & Compliance Division. The ceremony saw a brilliant display of the spirit of patriotism, with many revellers waving the Jalur Gemilang and Sarawak flag while enjoying colourful cultural and stage performances.

 
SAFOREC Miri Gotong Royong at Piasau Nature Reserve
28th August 2016

A gotong-royong was organised at Piasau Nature Reserve on 28th August 2016 by SAFOREC Miri with the aims of repairing some sections of the office building and the cleaning of rain gutters to rid dead leaves, debris and plant seedlings before the official launching of Bring Back the Rainforest Project which to be graced by His Excellency Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud, The Governor of Sarawak on 11th September 2016. The gotong-royong gathered volunteers from among the staff of Miri regional office. Gotong-royong will be conducted from time to time as these activities would also be able to cultivate the culture of teamwork, cleanliness, safety habits as well as promoting a conducive nature reserve.

 
 
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