The Sabah Parks Board of Trustees lauds the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment's plan to beef up enforcement to curb encroachment of forests and poaching of wild animals.
Its deputy director (Management and Operation), Ludi Apin said shortage of forest rangers was among the main problems faced by area managers, particularly in Sabah.
"We may have good management guidelines but are unable to practise them due to shortage of forest rangers. Senior officers are also lacking to deal with the various problems," he told the 1st Area Managers National Conservation Conference at the National Park in Kuala Tahan, here Thursday.
The initiative shows the government's seriousness in curbing intruders from stealing forest produce and poaching wildlife in the country.
Ludi said shortage of forest rangers made it easy for foreigners to intrude into Malaysian forests near the border despite the Wildlife Protection Act 2010.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel yesterday said he would seek Cabinet approval to beef up enforcement to improve monitoring of forests.
The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has about 400 forest rangers nationwide, including 100 to monitor the National Park at ?? [sic\ Kuala Tahan which covers 4,343 hectares.
The conference is among the government's measures to expose the area managers to efforts to generate revenue without compromising the ecosystem.