Supporting responsible development
Sabah’s environmental and planning authorities can now evaluate development proposals and land use policies based on long-term goals. In addition, the management plan specifies requirements related to project design, waste management, and terrestrial and marine habitats monitoring. As such, authorities can hold tourism operations developing on Sabah’s islands to a higher standard than before.
In addition, we recommended further detailed spatial planning for the islands and island clusters, as well as the development of a strategy for implementation of our study. We also advised EPD to strengthen their institutional capacity in identified agencies. This will ensure appropriate management of marine habitats throughout the state, as opposed to focusing only on protected marine areas. This helps ensure the preservation of the natural beauty and resources for which Sabah is known.