Our four-day media workshop on sustainable forest management for members of the Organisation of Asia Pacific News Agencies (OANA) kicks off in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah today. We had chosen the topic as a way of helping the region address the issue which has again come under focus. Some Western non-governmental organizations claimed that the opening of oil palm plantations has led to the destruction of rainforests and Orang Utan habitats, loss of biodiversity and caused global warming.
We wanted participants to find out about initiatives, policies and practices to balance between “development need” and the need to “preserve the environment” in the management of forest in Malaysia.
The participants will also visit the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary.