Cover image: Tan Ee Long, first prize in MTCC Photography Contest 2017.
The United Nations International Day of Forests, designated on 21 March, is dedicated to awareness of how forests sustain and protect us.
The theme for 2018 is “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, emphasising the need to “make cities greener, healthier, happier places to live.”
Just weeks ago, 165 nations congregated in Malaysia to participate in the Ninth Session of the “World Urban Forum”, a forum that is committed to finding solutions to create sustainable cities by 2030.
The main challenge for today’s cities is to manage the heavy dependence on eco-system services, which results in the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity and the efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while prioritising public health and quality of life.
Urban sustainability focuses on the role of urban forestry and green spaces as carbon sinks, filter for air and noise pollution, improve local climate and in certain instances the provision of renewable energy as well as habitats and refuge for plants and animals, and in the process, helps to maintain and increase biodiversity in the cities.
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council, which manages sustainable forest management in Malaysia, holds the view that sustainable forest is all encompassing and key to Malaysia’s overall national sustainability agenda, including the sustainability of our cities.
Forests have been performing vital roles as carbon sink, excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants and particles in the air and homes for the indigenous peoples.
MTCC is committed to promote the practice of sustainable forest management which includes the protection of water catchment forest through the implementation of the MTCS.