Borneo is the third largest island in the world. It boasts one of the richest mega biodiversities globally and contains a myriad of natural resources.

The Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) Carnival hosted by the state Forest Department from Oct 26-30, 2017 showcased exactly why Borneo is loved by so many. “The Heart of Borneo” theme pulsated throughout the gazebo at the Kuching Waterfront, with life emanating from each stall and smiles from all attending.

More than thirty stalls showed how Malaysians have adapted and used Non-Timber resources for sustainable living. Different communities displayed wonderful hand-crafted items using traditional and modern technology. Ornaments and furnishings made from a variety of bamboo sticks. We saw musical instruments, medical ointments, furnishings and ornaments just to name a few of the range.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg officiated the opening ceremony, which was witnessed by Deputy Chief Minister YB Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan. Our Chief Minister gave a humorous and encouraging speech reminding our fellow Sarawakians how beautiful our rainforests are. Emphasis was placed on the need for proactive effects towards conservation. Delicate eco systems are easily disturbed with aggressive harvesting of timber for industrial purposes. The carnival was an exhibition of sustainable alternatives to timber for commercial use.

Our hardworking Sarawakian demonstrated dexterity in craft, resilience in hardship and compassion for the environment. However, our luscious forests are finite resources that are rapidly depleting. Seeing how alternate solutions to timber showed a viable future that replaces timber as a primary building tool.

If you would like to find out how to keep the heart of Borneo beating healthily don’t miss the opportunity to attend the NTFP Carnival this coming year. Many sturdy and well-built handcrafted items are available for you to purchase for living purposes. The Non Timber Forest Product Carnival is an avenue to see sustainable living and how Sarawakians live harmoniously with Mother Nature. In the meantime, contact the Forest Department Sarawak for more information on how you can contribute to the conservation of Borneo.

Forest Department Sarawak
Jalan Stadium,
93660 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
T: +6082 442 180 F: +6082 445 639
E: [email protected]
www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my