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The Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project (USM SFMP) was established on the 15th of March 2006 by the State Government of Sabah. The project is jointly managed by the Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) and Yayasan Sabah (YS), as the licensee. Consequently, to manage and administer the area, the Forestry District of Ulu Segama-Malua was established on the 1st April 2006. Besides SFD and YS, this project also involves direct participation from local and international Non Government Organizations (NGOs) such as WWF Malaysia, Hutan , PACOS (Partnership of Community Organizations), Sabah Society and the ARCUS Foundation. The project also received direct contribution from the Government of the United States of America and a signed agreement with New Forests Pty. Ltd to protect and rehabilitate biodiversity in Malua Forest Reserve and Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd. to rehabilitate and protect the orang utan habitats in Northern Ulu Segama Forest Reserve or also known as Bukit Piton Forest Reserve. In 2008, the project achieved its targets of management, especially in forest rehabilitation which covers silviculture and forest restoration activities. In the aspect of resource protection, the statistics of forest offences show a decreasing trend compared to the previous year.


Ulu Segama-Malua District Forestry Office in Kawag Forest Reserve

The Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project or USM-SFMP is the second model forest reserve for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) managed by the Forestry Department of Sabah after the FSC-certified Deramakot Forest Reserve. This is a joint SFM project between the Forestry Department of Sabah (SFD) and the Sabah Foundation (YS) in which SFD leads in the management of the whole project area. The Ulu Segama-Malua SFM Project received its first Well Managed Forest Certification from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in June 2011 in Kota Kinabalu and was recertified in June 2016 under the registration number SCS-FM/COC-00141N. The certification mandates that there will be no commercial harvesting of timber from this certified forest area until the 12th June 2021. Except in capitalizing the non-timber ecosystem services provided therefrom. The Sabah Forestry Department is committed to the FSC Principles and Criteria in managing the SFM project.

Under the prevailing "multiple use" management paradigm and strategies, no overarching management criteria was placed to ensure that critical ecosystem processes were being monitored or maintained. A primary outcome of the strategic planning effort was the recognition of the need to shift the perspective of forest management to one of ecosystem management. Ecosystem management can simply be defined as an ecological approach to resource management. All aspects of an ecosystem are considered important, and the interdependency of biological and non-biological factors and cycles is recognized as central to this holistic approach. Humans and wildlife are part of the ecosystem or component of the environment and must be taken into consideration when developing management strategies. Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) will ensure that the values and resources derived from the forest would continue to be available in perpetuity.

The application of ecosystem management through SFM should guarantee that the pursuit of resource management objectives (i.e., timber, wildlife, recreation, water, etc.) is carried out in a manner that is compatible with the long-term ecological health of the total forest ecosystem. The State Government recognized this and is aware of the importance of bringing Sabah's forests under secure and effective conservation and management and forest certification. Moreover, Sabah is a vital element of the broader Borneo ecosystem whose very high global biological significance is well established. It is for these reasons that back in March 2006, the Sabah State Government had allocated another 242,098 ha, which comprises of two (2) Class II Forest Reserves (Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserves - 236,825 ha), three (3) Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJR) comprising of VJR Merisuli (552 ha), VJR Kawang Gibong (707 ha) and VJR Sapagaya (2,316 ha), and one (1) Class I Protection reserve, namely Sapagaya FR (698 ha) to be managed under ecosystem management based on SFM principles. The entire area is known as Ulu Segama-Malua (USM) - the heartland of the orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeusmorio) and home of the globe's richest stand of Dipterocarps and other biodiversity. Therefore, the overall total area of USM (or SFM Poject Area) under this Forest Management Plan is 241,098 ha. Danum Valley FR (Class I Protection FR - 43,800 ha) is excluded in this FMP because it has its own FMP and is managed separately with a separate management committee.

However in year 2012 and 2013 respectively, a total of 202,856 hectares of Ulu Segama Forest Reserves and 33,969 hectares of Malua Forest Reserve have been reclassified to Class I Protection Forest Reserve as a commitment of the State Government of Sabah to protect more high conservation value area. The following year 2014, an additional of 1,786 hectares of land area has been gazetted as Protected Area at Mount Louisa Forest Reserve which total up the USM SFMP area to 242,884.00 hectares.

The updated status of forest reserves in Ulu Segama-Malua SFM project are shown in the following table:

FOREST RESERVE WITHIN ULU SEGAMA-MALUA SFM PROJECT
No FR Name FR
Class
FD Map LS Plan Coordinate Area (Ha) Gazetted No. Year Gazetted First
Gazetted
Or
Regazetted
1 Sapagaya

I

93/
132A

99194727

4̊ 57' N / 118̊ 10' E

698.00

4/2009

2009

2009

2 Ulu Segama(*)

I

92 / 104D

99194655

4̊ 57' N / 117̊ 55' E

126,846.00

7/2012

2012

1961

3 Mount Louisa

I

91/100

- 4̊ 47' N / 117̊ 35' E

54,760.00

1/2012

2012

1961

4 Sungai Taliwas

I

78/171

- 5̊ 00' N / 118̊ 02' E

9,546.00

1/2012

2012

1961

5 Extension
Danum Valley

I

76/248

- 5̊ 00' N / 117̊ 36' E

92.00

7/2012

2012

1961

6 Bukit Piton

I

77/123

- 5̊ 09' N / 118̊ 00' E

11,612.00

5/2012

2012

1961

7 Malua

I

76 / 1C

99194548

5̊̊ 18' N / 117 ̊ 37' E

33,969.00

1/2013

2013

1960

8

Kawag Gibong

VI

77 /67A

99194614

5̊ 05' N / 118̊̊ 00' E

707.00

4/1984

1984

1961

9

Sepagaya

VI

93 / 127

99194613

4̊ 59' N / 118̊ 07' E

2,316.00

4/1984

1984

1961

10 Merisuli VI 78 / 133A 99194587 5̊ 09' N / 118̊ 08' E 552.00 4/1984 1984 1961
11

Extension Mount
Louisa

I

91/101

 

 

1,786.00

Sep 14

 

2014

TOTAL 242,884.00      
Map showing forest reserves Class I within the Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project

 

The High Conservation Value Forests (HCVFs) are also prescribed in the management plan based on the essential management measures such as, 1) no harvesting; 2) rehabilitation or restoring on degraded areas; and 3) no hunting licences to be issued for hunting in any alienated land or State land adjacent to USM. Four major conservation attributes were identified that characterized the Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project (USM SFMP) i.e. 1) HCV 1.1 (Protected Areas); 2) HCV 1.2 (Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species); 3) HCV 2 (Landscape Level Forest); and 4) HCV 6 (Cultural Identity Of Local Communities).

High Conservation Values (HCV) in Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project

 


HCV 1.1: PROTECTED AREAS
HCV 1.2: THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES
HCV 2: LANDSCAPE LEVEL FOREST
HCV 6 : CULTURAL IDENTITY OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES

 

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