KUCHING (January 16): KTS Plantation Sdn Bhd (KTSP) has once again proven to be an outstanding company in the forest industry for nationally sustainable forest management (SFM) after receiving the Distinction Award for the environment and sustainability at the MTC Malaysian Timber Industry Awards 2022.
The award was presented by Deputy Minister of Plantations and Commodities Datuk Willie Mongin to KTSP Director Collin Goh during the Malaysian Timber Council’s 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on January 10. .
KTSP was awarded Category I: Environment and Sustainability Distinction in honor of its sustainability efforts in planning, execution and results in implementing green practices in the management of Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve (SLFR ) in Sandakan, Sabah.
According to Goh, this involvement has had a positive impact on the company’s image.
He said that the effort to implement the concept of SFM in SLFR had been initiated since 1993 through close collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department.
Subsequently, in 2009, KTSP was the first forest management company in Malaysia to be certified under the Malaysian Timber Certification System (MTCS) since the establishment of the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC).
Since then, KTSP has continuously improved the implementation of the principle of SFM through research collaboration with various scientific communities such as Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Forest Research Centre, Sabah, to name a few.
Ancient history indicates that the SLFR, which covers an area of 57,247 ha, was characterized by virgin lowland dipterocarp forest until conventional logging was permitted in the 1950s. It has since been harvested several times until the early 1990s.
Simultaneously, the surrounding areas were gradually converted into oil palm plantations, which cover 75% of the surrounding land use.
The massive conversion of forests to oil palm plantations has altered the natural habitat of wildlife, making the SLFR an immediate refuge, as evidenced by the high wildlife population in the reserve.
“Uniquely, the reserve is home to all species of Rare, Threatened and Endangered (TEN) species in Sabah. Also along this border, forest recovery has been found to be almost stagnant due to the sudden alteration of ecology.
“Realizing that the long-term rental period of reserve management can only be economically feasible if it is managed on the basis of a correct set of principles, therefore, in 1998, the KTSP launched a major initiative volunteer to implement Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) principles before they are made mandatory in Sabah through the Sustainable Forest Management License Agreement (SFMLA) – the first prudent move that sets KTSP apart on a different trajectory than the rest of the industry.
“KTSP has continuously revolutionized the industry with responsible, proactive and adaptive forest management approaches, a commitment to excellence in sustainable forest management,” Goh said.
Once described as a degraded forest, SLFR has now become an active production forest with healthy growing stock and is home to key species in Borneo such as elephant, clouded leopard, proboscis monkey, sun bear and sun bear. ‘orangutan.
At least 75 species of mammals (excluding bats), 220 species of birds and over 100 species of reptiles, amphibians and fish have been recorded.
To support the rich biodiversity and high population of wild animals, 11% of its area has been set aside for conservation purposes.
“The conservation aspect of the reserve is continuously being improved through various research initiatives such as the Rawog Scientific Expedition and the ongoing wildlife monitoring program in various areas of expertise,” Goh added.
For the record, in 2008, KTSP received the Prime Minister Hibiscus Awards for outstanding achievement in environmental performance, followed by the MTCC Leadership in Sustainability Awards in 2019 for exemplary leadership in sustainability initiatives.
Winning the MTC Environment and Sustainability Distinction Award is further national-level recognition for KTS Plantation’s unique forest management approaches in implementing sustainable forest management.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian Timber Industry Awards 2022, held on the occasion of MTC’s 30th anniversary, was organized to reward and recognize selected players in the timber industry for their achievements and contribution in the industry, as well only to reward 14 MTC employees with Long Service awards.
The timber award was open to all timber-based enterprises registered with any of the country’s forestry associations, such as the Malaysian Timber Industries Association (MWIA), Malaysian Timber Exporters Association ( TEAM), Malaysian Plywood Manufacturers Association (MPMA), Malaysian Wood Molding & Joinery Council (MWMJC), Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC), Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (PEKA), Sarawak Timber Association (STA), Sabah Timber Industries Association (STIA) and Timber Association of Sabah (TAS).
The awards were divided into 5 categories, namely Category I: Environment and Sustainability Distinction, Category II: Excellence in Digitization and Digitization, Category III: Excellence in Covid-19 Operations, Category IV: Innovative Wood Products and category V: personality of the wood industry.
KTSP was one of three Category I winners, along with Weng Meng Industries Sdn Bhd and One-tech (M) Sdn Bhd.
Category II winners were Weng Meng Industries Sdn Bhd, Deep Furniture Sdn Bhd and KJH Wood Industrial Sdn Bhd; Category III: Soon Her Sing Industries (M) Sdn Bhd, Weng Meng Industries Sdn Bhd and Dee Noon Corporation Sdn Bhd, Category IV: Deep Furniture Sdn Bhd, Simewood Product Sdn Bhd and HeveaBoard Berhad, and Category V: George Tan Seng Hoe.