The way forward on protecting sensitive sea areas

Stakeholders Seminar on the way forward for Malaysia’s Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai (PK-TP) Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA)

31 January 2018

Following recent developments on Malaysia’s proposed protection of the sensitive sea areas in the Pulau Kukup and Tanjung Piai (PK-TP) Ramsar sites in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) MIMA, in cooperation with the Marine Department Malaysia and Ministry of Transport, held a seminar on discussing the way forward on related areas. 


During the meeting

The meeting was also attended by representatives from the Johor National Parks Corporation (JNPC), Economic Planning Unit, Department of Marine Park Malaysia, National Hydrographic Research Institute of Malaysia, Fisheries Development Authority Malaysia, as well as the Port of Tanjung Pelepas. 


The meeting was attended by relevant government agencies and industry players in the proposed area

Chaired by Mr Fairoz Rozali from the Marine Department Malaysia, the discussion focused on issues, opportunities, and the way forward in charting protection for the PK-TP area.

Some pointers were provided in the presentation delivered by Cheryl Rita Kaur, Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA which focused on the “Status, achievements and challenges for Malaysia’s PSSA in the PK-TP area”.


Cheryl Rita presenting

The representative from the JNPC also highlighted issues faced with the protection of the Ramsar sites in Johor over recent years. The Convention on Wetlands, or the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of the wetlands and their resources. The PK-TP mangroves area however is increasingly experiencing severe dieback due mainly to shipping activities in the vicinity. 

Overall the meeting agreed to forward all suggestions, recommendations, and issues for further action at the Ministry of Transport level.

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