Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Managing Sabah’s Rich Biodiversity Through SaBC

Jungles in Sabah are classified as tropical rainforests and host a diverse array of plant and animal species. Sabah government is strengthening the management, conservation, protection and regulations of its rich biological resources through the establishment of the Sabah Biodiversity Enactment (SBE) 2000.

SBE shall be the guiding framework for Sabah Biodiversity Council (SBC) and Sabah Biodiversity Centre (SaBC) as government strategies in enhancing the governance of the biodiversity in the State. SaBC’s core activities include development of holistic and prudent biodiversity management strategy and sustainable optimum utilization in Sabah.

According to SaBC director, Dr Abdul Fatah Amir:

SaBC will promote education and knowledge of the biodiversity in Sabah as well as traditional knowledge and benefit-sharing of the biological resources.

SaBC will also be promoting the identification of new natural and biotechnological products derived from biodiversity and biological resources of the state.

SaBC had developed a platform to integrate information on state biodiversity. The state-funded project will cost RM1.9 million. This database system is to provide an integrating platform to store, integrate, presort, retrieve, share, access, analyze, infer, discover and report many heterogeneous across diverse domain aspects and voluminous biodiversity collection data from different key agencies.

Through SaBC and UMS, Sabah has started a two-year (2013-2014) project to explore the state’s biodiversity for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical potential. SaBC is also collaborating with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) to establish the national Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to,

- protect the indigenous people’s traditional knowledge (TK) associated with biological resources in Malaysia.

- use the resource of MyIPO patent examiners as a referral point in carrying out advanced prior art search and examination on non-patentable literature that deals with TK.

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