KOTA KINABALU – The Faculty of Tropical Forestry, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) co-hosted the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) Seminar recently at Recital Hall, UMS.
The seminar was initiated by Preferred by Nature and was co-organized with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Malaysia and WWF Malaysia.
According to UMS Vice Chancellor, Prof. Datuk Dr. Kasim Hj. Mansor, as a university with associates from various industries, UMS was glad to provide a platform for discussion on the EUDR and its potential impact on Sabah’s key sectors, such as timber, palm oil and rubber, which are essential to the livelihoods of many rural communities.
“Malaysia has experienced deforestation over the years due to various factors, including agriculture expansion, logging, and urbanization.
“It is hoped that this seminar will help shed light on what affected sectors can do to address the challenges and opportunities presented by the EUDR,” he said.
He noted that as the regulation will further drive responsible production in various industries, it is optimistic that the potential negative effects on smallholders can be mitigated, if impacted stakeholders collaborate with each other.
He also delighted to see a good turnout of UMS’ students at the seminar.
“I believe that it is crucial for our future professionals to learn about the regulatory landscape and its impact on our industries”, said Kasim.
Also present, Regulatory Impact Programme Director at Preferred by Nature (PbN) Malaysia, David Hadley Garcia; Director at FSC Malaysia, Charmaine Chee; Director of Market and Development, Southeast Asia at Preferred by Nature (PbN) Malaysia, Christian Schriver; and Forestry Chair Holder, Faculty of Tropical Forestry, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Berhaman Ahmad.
The seminar was attended by 100 participants from various government and private agencies, and industries that are related to forestry.