Wednesday, February 14, 2007

22 million hectares of Forest Reserve for Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei

An agreement named "Heart of Borneo" (HoB) to create a 22 million hectares of protected forest reserved was inked by Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei at Bali. This means that 31% of the Borneo island, the third largest island in the world will be marked for protection. The area houses one of the most diverse and populous number of plants and animals. The agreement will make way for extra trainning ground for environmental management, increase social activities such as outdoor recreation, develope eco-tourism, ethno-tourism and adventure tourism.

Although not confirmed, it will lead to no or reduced logging in the area, that means lower income from timber related activities. By right, the 3 countries should be compensated for this loss as the benefits accrue not only to the 3 nations, but to the world.

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