This proposed project is a continuation of Project PD 224/03 Rev.1 (F) “Transboundary Biodiversity Conservation Area: The Pulong Tau National Park, Sarawak State, Malaysia, Phase I” which is expected to complete in December 2007.
The Pulong Tau National Park (PTNP) is not onlan important and unique highland biodiversity conservation area but is also vitally linked to the socio-economic well being of the local communities living in the periphery of the park. Due to the remoteness and difficult access, the local people have little choice but to continue to depend on the nearby forest to satisfy their needs for timber, firewood, food and medicine which inevitably put pressure on the PTNP. This is particularly so with the Penan community and even more in recent years due to the existence of several timber licenses in the vicinities that restricted access of local people to the natural resources.
The project aims at contributing to conservation of natural ecosystems in the Northern Highlands of Sarawak and to the sustainable development of the local communities through the implementation of activities of biodiversity conservation and support to local socio-economic development initiatives. Its specific objectives are: i) to promote the ecosystem values of the PTNP through integrated conservation management, and ii) to strengthen trans-boundary conservation management emphasizing cross-border participatory approach involving local communities.
The expected main outputs of the project are:
- The conservation and management capacity for PTNP strengthened;
- The extension of the PTNP area completed;
- Baseline ecological and biodiversity surveys carried out and results published;
- Surveys on uses of natural resources carried out and community-based activities developed;
- Conservation awareness programs for local key stakeholders carried out;
- Cooperation in trans-boundary conservation area management strengthened; and
- Awareness in trans-boundary conservation at the community level raised.