Monday, May 27

‘Formalise Luconia Shoals registration with Aichi Biodiversity Targets’


Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar


KUCHING: Santubong MP Dato Sri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said he hoped the Sarawak Marine Park Authority can work together with the Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources to formalise the registration of Luconia Shoals Marine Park with the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

This certainly will be able to enhance the Sarawak good image internationally and to enable Malaysia to fulfill it International obligation under the Agreement, he said.

“I must say my heartiest congratulations to the Chief Minister of Sarawak and the State Government for registering the Luconia Shoals in the South China Sea over the Sunda Continental Shelf is more than a million square kilometres, which is bigger than the Tun Mustapha Reef Marine Park in Sabah, as a Marine Park.

“Thus, it becomes the biggest Marine Park area in Malaysia and auger well with the Malaysia’s objective to fulfil international obligation of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (under the Convention on Biodiversity) and Sustainable Development Goals to protect 10 per cent of national water as Marine Park Area. The achievement of this goal so far, is only 3.48 per cent,” he said.

For the international involvement on marine biodiversity conservation, the target of registering 10 per cent of Malaysia’s water as Marine Park objective is to protect the marine resources in Sarawak waters, he pointed out.

Wan Junaidi was former Minister for Natural Resources and Environment in the previous Barisan Nasional government.