Heart of Borneo Spine proposal to be reviewed

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Heart of Borneo (HoB) CEO hopes that the proposal of establishing the HoB corridor initiative will be able to demonstrate their commitment to work together in areas related to trans-boundary protected area management, eco-tourism and capacity building.

Mahmud Hj Mohd Yusof, said this at the start of the four-day Heart of Borneo (HoB) corridor initiative (HoBCI) workshop at The Centrepoint Hotel in Gadong yesterday.

The four-day workshop, among others, aimed at discussing the proposed HoB corridor initiative which was first mentioned in the HoB ministerial Meeting last year.

In his presentation, Mahmud, who is also the workshop’s chairman, said HoBCI aimed at supporting the ongoing trilateral and bilateral initiatives and also called for the three nations commitment to materialise the trilateral transboundary protection and conservation area.

The corridor, dubbed the ‘HoB spine’ would span from Sungei Ingei and Ulu Temburong National Park in Brunei Darussalam to Gunung Mulu National Park, the Kubuaan Puak forest management zone and Pulung Tau National Park in Sarawak and into Indonesia’s Kayan Mentarang National Park.

He added it was important to ensure the entire HoBCI zone is recognised as a sustainable development area.

This could also include areas under direct conservation management, under community management or under the management of certified sustainable business.

The chairman added there will be a need to produce a detailed map of the recommended priority corridor areas.

The map will need to detail land management classification, corporate and community stakeholders and ecological status.

Mahmud also spoke about the activities that can be organised within the HoB’s spine corridor, which include: 1) Developing and reviewing a HoB master plan in line with countries’ constitutions and legislation, 2) Provide policy recommendations on conservation efforts and sustainable development in the HoB , 3) Establish a mechanism for information-sharing, 4) Undertake collective and/or joint research and studies and 5) Undertake joint spatial planning of the HoB area.

“HoB member countries have done well and very encouraging efforts in their respective national and bilateral projects. This is a good indication that we can now go trilateral (in terms of projects). We share similarities and priorities at the national level. Why not we have a trilateral project? By having this corridor initiative, we can have trilateral projects based on each country’s existing projects."

The proposal for the HoB spine will be further discussed in the workshop, he said.

The Brunei Times