“Plantation: Friend or Foe from Sarawak Perspective” – delivered by Dato Henry Lau, Honorary Secretary of Sarawak Timber Association during the 15th International Peat Congress 2016

The 15th International Peat Congress (IPC) was held at the Pullman Hotel in Kuching from 15 to 19 August 2016.  The Congress was hosted by the Malaysian Peat Society (MPS) in partnership with the International Peatland Society (IPS) with the theme Peatlands in Harmony-Agriculture, Industry & Nature.

The Congress provides researchers, academics and practitioners an ideal platform to congregate, share information and discuss their scientific results and experiences with particular reference to peat and peatlands in the tropics.

Dato Henry Lau, the Honorary Secretary of Sarawak Timber Association (STA) in his presentation mentioned that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) had been perceived to be fighting for environmental wellbeing and human rights while the timber industry and government had been given the guilty verdict by the public for damaging the environment, being corrupt and violating human rights without the due process of the law. Dato Lau challenged such a generalised perception through his paper entitled ‘Plantation: Friend or Foe, from Sarawak Perspective’ which can be downloaded here.

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