INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION (ITTO)
AND FOREST DEPARTMENT SARAWAK
DEVELOPMENT OF LANJAK ENTIMAU WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
AS A TOTALLY PROTECTED AREA
The Project on the "Development of Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary (LEWS) as a Totally Protected Area", which is co-funded by ITTO, was initiated in 1993 for the in situ conservation and sustainable utilization of the natural biological resource.
Studies carried out in the Sanctuary included geology, soil, flora and fauna inventories, socio-economic survey, and community related activities in the buffer zone outside the Sanctuary. The introduction of the community-related activities such as cultivation of indigenous crops and rearing of indigenous fish species was aimed at increasing food production for domestic consumption and at generating additional household income to improve the living standard of the surrounding communities. The perception of the local communities on the project has been positive as the natural resource conservation has brought about a healthy environment of clean air and clear water, abundant forest produce, game animals and fish.
The studies have established the Sanctuary as one of the richest and most diverse forests in Sarawak. Another significant achievement in this ITTO-funded project is the creation of the Trans-boundary Conservation Area covering Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and the Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. With a combined area of about one million hectares, it is the largest tropical rainforest conservation reserve in the world.
The results of the studies on natural resource conservation and biological diversity have been published in a scientific report while a check-list on flora and fauna will be published in January 2001. The scientific report is available from the ITTO Office based in the Forest Department Headquarters, Kuching.
Visit the Lanjak-Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary link for more information on it's exotic flora and fauna.