Sabah Forest Policy

The Sabah Forestry Policy has been formulated to cater for the needs of all stakeholders in Sabah, and is in conformity with the internationally accepted practices of sustainable forest resource management and development.


The goal of this Policy is to achieve sustainable management of the state's forest resources. The strategies, as adopted in 2005, to achieve this goal are as follows:


Sabah Forestry Policy Goals

To declare sufficient land that is strategically located throughout Sabah as Permanent Forest Reserves in accordance with the concept of rational land use to ensure:

(i) Sound climatic and physical conditions of the State, maintenance of watershed, soil fertility and environmental quality, conservation of nature and biodiversity, and minimal flood damage and soil erosion; such forest areas are classified as PROTECTION FORESTS.

(ii) Perpetual supply of forest products for subsistence and industrial uses; such forest areas are classified as PRODUCTION FORESTS.

(iii) Conservation of adequate forest areas for recreation, education and research; such forest areas are classified as AMENITY FORESTS.

b. To manage the Permanent Forest Reserves so as to maximise social, economic and environmental benefits for the State and its people in accordance with the principles of sustainable forest management.
c. To pursue forest development programmes through forest conservation and rehabilitation operations in accordance with approved silvicultural practices to optimise productivity of the Permanent Forest Reserves.
d. To ensure proper utilisation of forest resources from land that is not classified as Permanent Forest Reserves through careful planning and in co-operation with land development agencies before the said land is alienated in order to maximise the returns for the people by means of suitable harvesting and processing methods.
e. To promote efficient harvesting and utilisation of all types of forests and to stimulate the development of appropriate forest-based industries so as to maximise resource utilisation, create employment opportunities and generate foreign exchange earnings.

To encourage the development of trade in forest products.

g. To encourage Bumiputera participation in forest and wood-based industries.
h. To undertake and support intensive research programmes in forestry development aimed at achieving optimum yield and returns from harvesting and utilisation of the Permanent Forest Reserves as well as maximising the return of investment from forestry development activities.
i. To undertake and support comprehensive training programmes in forestry at all levels to provide adequate trained personnel to meet the needs of the forestry sector.
j. To encourage private sector participation at all levels of forestry research and training with a view to enhancing professionalism in forestry and forest industries.
k. To foster better understanding among the general public of the multiple values of the forest through education and public awareness programmes.
l. To utilise information and communication technology for the efficient management of the State's forest resources.
m. To foster close relationship and co-operation at the international level to enhance forest development and management of the State's forest resources.