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Sun 06 Mar 2005

Johor leads in wetland protection

Category : malaysia

"Johor leads in wetland protection." The Star Online, 6th March 2005.

PONTIAN: Three more mangrove forests in the state with a combined area of 12,000ha will be declared as Ramsar sites, making Johor the state with the largest protected wetlands.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the new sites were Sungai Lebam, Sungai Sebana and Sungai Santi, all in the Kota Tinggi area. He said with the additional sites, the size of protected wetlands in Johor would increase to a massive 54,000ha.

"We are proud and happy to be able to reserve such a big area of wetlands for future generations.

"Though the sites are in Johor, we would like them to be treated as national treasures and everyone can play their role to help protect them," he said after presenting prizes to winners of the First Johorparks Mangrove Run at the Tanjung Piai National Park near here yesterday. More than 500 runners, mostly students in the Pontian area, participated in the event.

Abdul Ghani also said the state government would consider declaring other wetlands as Ramsar sites. "Our contribution towards protecting the wetlands won't stop here," he said.

The state's other Ramsar sites are Tanjung Piai, Pulau Kukup, Sungai Pulai, Sungai Sedili Besar and Sungai Sedili Kecil.

The designation of a Ramsar site means the ecological character of the area cannot be changed by human activity within or in the surrounding area.

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