Exploring Ramsar Sites: Johor's National Parks in Malaysia

Ramsar Sites Johor National Parks Malaysia

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Ramsar Sites Johor National Parks Malaysia Summary

  • Attraction: Ramsar Sites Johor National Parks Malaysia
  • Location: Johor Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: National Park in Malaysia

Ramsar Sites Johor National Parks Malaysia

Adopted in the Iranian city of Ramsar in 1971, the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, otherwise known as the Ramsar Convention provides the global framework international cooperation on wetland issues. As of October 2018, a total of 170 countries from around the world have become Contracting Parties to the Convention. The Convention’s mission is “the conservation and wise use of all wetlands through local and national actions and international cooperation, as a contribution towards achieving sustainable development throughout the world”.

The concept of “wise use”, which is defined as “the maintenance of the ecological character of wetlands, through the implementation of ecosystem approaches, within the context of sustainable development” lies at the heart of the Convention. The concept alludes to the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and all the services that they provide, for the benefit of both people and nature. Contracting Parties are committed towards the wise use of wetlands in their respective territories via national policies, legislation, site management and public education.

Contracting Parties are encouraged to nominate wetland sites to be included on the List of Wetlands of International Importance, otherwise known as the Ramsar List. The nominated sites are assessed based on a set of criteria in order to determine whether they are of “international importance”. The inclusion of a site on the List reflects a government’s commitment to ensure that its ecological character, functions and values are maintained for the benefit of future generations. As of October 2018, there are 2,306 sites worldwide, which cover a combined area over 2.1 million square kilometers.

To date, seven wetlands in Malaysia have been designated as Ramsar sites:

  • Tasik Bera, Pahang (38,446 ha)
  • Tanjung Piai, Johor (526 ha)
  • Pulau Kukup, Johor (647 ha)
  • Sungai Pulai, Johor (9,126 ha)
  • Kuching Wetlands, Sarawak (6,610 ha)
  • Lower Kinabatangan-Segama, Sabah (78,803 ha)
  • Kota Kinabalu Wetlands, Sabah (4.2 ha)

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Malaysia became a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention on the 10th of March 1995. Since then, a number of policies, plans, program and projects have been initiated by the Government of Malaysia and NGOs, towards the conservation and wise use of its wetlands. The Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources (KATS) serves as the National Focal Point for the Ramsar Convention in Malaysia.

Johor National Parks Corporation (JNPC) has been conducting Communication, Education, Participation and Awareness (CEPA) program at Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai since 2003. The main objective of these program is to raise public awareness on wetlands; in particular, amongst school, college and university students. Feedback from the program have been positive, they are in demand by schools and other groups throughout the year.

Johor is the custodian of three out of the seven Ramsar sites in Malaysia. The high proportion of sites in Johor is a clear indication of the State’s rich natural heritage. Two of these, Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai are managed by Johor National Parks Corporation (JNPC), whereas the Sungai Pulai is managed by the Johor Forestry Department. Updated management plans have been prepared for all three sites.

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Johor National Parks Corporation
Level 1, Dato’ Muhamad Salleh Perang Building, Kota Iskandar,
79100 Nusajaya, Johor Darul Ta’zim.
Telephone: +607 266 1301

Pejabat Tapak Ramsar
Aras 1, Bangunan Dato’ Mohammad Salleh Perang, Kota Iskandar, 79100 Nusajaya.
Telephone: +607 266 1301