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March 24, 2012

Information centre a boon for Imbak canyon’s conservation

KOTA KINABALU: The Ulu Kinabatangan information centre and jetty serves as an important platform for the local community to take part in safeguarding the natural heritage of the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area, here.

The 30,000ha located right at the centre of Sabah, is a Class I Forest Reserve.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the two facilities took place at Kampung Imbak here and performed by Kinabatangan member of parliament Datuk Bung Moktar Radin and Kuamut assemblyman Mansiung Bannah. Kampung Imbak is about a five-hour drive from Sandakan and located near the conservation area.

A good platform: The Ulu Kinabatangan Information Centre and Community Pier at Kampung Imbak. The 30-metres-wide Imbak Falls located within the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area.
Sabah Foundation director Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul said the setting up of the two facilities was following a collaboration between the foundation and Petronas.

It aims to make the Imbak Canyon a learning centre for biodiversity conservation as well as a gene bank.

“The relevant issue from the collaboration includes providing training to the local community in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources,” he said.

Century old Tree at Imbak Canyon
Conserved : One of the century-old trees at Imbak Canyon.

Datu Khalil said the centre would provide information on Ulu Kinabatangan to the local community as well as to visitors and serves as a station for porters and tourist guides to Imbak Canyon.

The jetty will be for use by the local community.

Petronas Group Corporate Affairs Division senior general manager Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah said the setting up of the two facilities was in line with the effort to conserve the natural heritage at Imbak Canyon.

It would also benefit the local community in Ulu Kinabatangan, particularly in terms of ecotourism, he said. 

– Bernama.



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