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Anap Muput Forest Management Unit

* Updated June 2014 incorporating recent announcements

  1. The Anap-Muput Forest Management Unit (AMFMU) covers an area of 83,535 hectares in the Tatau District of Bintulu Division in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia.
  2. The FMU operates under the Timber Licence T/4317 issued to Shin Yang Trading Sdn. Bhd. expiring on 03rd March 2024
  3. Zedtee Sdn. Bhd. is the logging contractor of T/4317 and Management Representative of AMFMU.
  4. The Land Status of the FMU consists of the Permanent Forest Estate of Anap Protected Forests and Mukah Hills Protected Forests constituted on 01st March 1958 and 1st September 1956 respectively.
    The forests consist mainly of lowland mixed Dipterocarp Forests.
  5. The aerial photographs taken by the Royal Australian Air Force in 1951 and inventory study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in 1970 provided the first documentations of the forest in the FMU. Geographical baseline was founded on Sarawak T735 (D.O.S. 434) 1:50,000 maps.
  6. The local community consists of Ibans originated from Skrang who settled in the area in 1970s. There are presently 5 settlements of 65 families and 417 persons physically located within the FMU. The FMU also maintains active engagement with 16 other settlements in its surrounding area.
  7. The first Timber Licence for commercial logging was issued in 1977. The FMU became part of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO) Model Forest Management Area (MFMA) in 1993. Wide ranging consultancy studies conducted by ITTO during 1994 and 1995 provided findings and recommendations for the development plan for sustainable forest development of the FMU from 1998.
    Second harvest cycle commenced from the year 2000.
  8. The strategic objectives of MFMA Project to provide permanent training and demonstration site were fulfilled by Zedtee with the completion and opening of "Sarawak Rainforest & SFM Discovery Centre" at Bukit Kana 15km to the north of the FMU in 2009.
  9. Preparation for forest management certification started in 2005 with the first revision of the Forest Management Plan (FMP) on 15th February 2006 to conform with format and requirements of Malaysian Criteria & Indicators [MC&I(2002)]. In response to the Pre-Assessment report, the FMU conducted rapid assessments of social, wildlife and environmental impacts and studies on erosion control and incorporated the relevant results in the prescriptions for reduced environmental impact in the second revision of the FMP on 26th February 2007.
    A certificate for forest management assessed against MC&I(2002) was issued to AMFMU by Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) on 18th February 2008.
    The FMU undertook and passed the Stage 1 Audit against MC&I(2002) in September 2009 under the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS) after its endorsement by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) scheme.
    The FMU was awarded forest management certification against MC&I(Natural Forest) by SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd after successful audit in April 2013.
  10. The FMU maintained training and compliance assessment for reduced impact logging to meet environmental management prescription of the "Environmental Impact Assessment for the re-entry hill logging within the Anap-Muput FMU under Timber Licence T/4317 & LPF/0039, Bintulu and Sibu Divisions, Sarawak" by Ecosol Consultancy Sdn. Bhd. as approved by Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak dated 26th November 2008.
  11. The FMU became part of Anap Sustainable Development Unit (ASDU) after a review of its land use plan and the revision to the Timber LIcence T/4317 on 21st September 2010. The third revision of the FMP dated 11th January 2011 incorporated changes in the licensed area and tenure and strongly emphasized the role of the community in forestry.
  12. The FMU adopts an adaptive management approach to planning and management of its various operations and activities.
    Consultative frameworks established to engage stakeholders at various levels of jurisdictions include Technical Working Group (TWG), ASDU Liaison Committee (ASDULC) and Conservation and Community Development (CCD) frameworks.
  13. The Forest Department Sarawak (FDS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and Zedtee Sdn. Bhd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 26th January 2011 to adopt ASDU as a pilot site for the implementation of projects to carry out Innovative Rainforest Conservation and Management (IRCM) in Sarawak as a model for extension to other FMU and Licence for Planted Forest operators.
    The IRCM consists of themes for experimentation with Community Forest Management (CFM) and its applications in forest certification, landscape restoration and enterprise development.
    The bulk of the IRCM projects and related researches are carried out in the FMU.
  14. AMC (Anap Muput Community) represents the community forest management and enterprise branding of the local community. The Community Forest Manager is represented by an executive committee elected from authorised representatives of the various settlements in and around the FMU.
    The Community Forest Manager is empowered by membership in the ASDULC, licences and permits from government agencies, contributions from stakeholders, and administrator of the AMC fund.
  15. The FMU developed and maintained a customised Geographical Information & Biodiversity Database (GIBD) system in collaboration with Sarawak Forest Department, Sarawak Forestry Corporation and research institutions and organisations to provide accurate documentation for land & user, harvest & future crop, biodiversity and forest resources.

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