Sarawak mangrove forest has been rapidly disappearing over the last decades.

Sarawak mangrove forest has been rapidly disappearing over the last decades.

In a move to minimise the devastating effects of an impending tsunami and increase environmental conservation, Sarawak has identified two mangrove forests to be gazetted as a fully protected area.

The gazetting of the Batang Lassa National Park measuring 22,000 hectares, and the Limbang Mangrove National Park (4,290 hectares), which were carried out since 2003, is in its final stage.

“We expect the two areas to be gazetted by next year,” said Sarawak Planning and Resources Management Ministry deputy permanent secretary Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

The state forestry director was speaking to reporters after the launch of a two-day, coastal forest conservation seminar by Sarawak Planning and Resource Management Ministry assistant minister Mohamad Naroden Majais here on Tuesday.

Len said currently, there were three mangrove forest reserves in Sarawak, with a total of 16,662 hectares, already gazetted as a fully protected area.

They were the Kuching Wetland National Park, Rajang Mangrove National Park and the Sibuti Wildlife Sanctuary.

— BERNAMA