Step up efforts to save the mangroves

I NOTE with concern the continued destruction of mangrove forests in Sepang, as highlighted by StarMetro on Aug 4.

The fact that these forests are outside the administrative boundaries of the Forestry Department does not detract from the ecological and environmental importance of mangroves as a coastal buffer zone.

We further note that the Sepang District Local Plan 2015 zones the coastal mangrove area as a foreshore reserve (Rezab Pantai) and as an environmentally sensitive delta (KSAS Delta).

The local plan states that mangroves in the area should be protected to guard against coastal erosion.

Clearing of mangroves in these areas should at the very least have required an preliminary environmental impact assessment (PEIA) but no PEIA study appears to have been carried out.

As a Malaysian and a member of the oldest environmental NGO in the country, I trust that the authorities will ensure that future development does not encroach on these valuable coastal forests.

HENRY GOH

Chairman,

Malaysian Nature Society,

Selangor Branch

Article from http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=%2F2011%2F9%2F7%2Fcentral%2F9348320&sec=central

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