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Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales with Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah visiting the Royal Belum Rainforest Resort, Pulau Banding yesterday. Charles, who is also the president of WWF-UK, spent around 30 minutes cruising Tasik Temenggor. BERNAMA FILE PIX

GERIK: The Perak state government has pledged five initiatives to conserve the Royal Belum State Park here in order to sustain the conservation of the natural environment including to secure the Belum Forest Complex here as a nationally important tiger priority site.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the state government would also ensure the complex connectivity to the greater Taman Negara landscape through an interconnected network of protected areas, forest reserves and corridor for the long-term survival of tigers in Peninsular Malaysia.

Zambry said the state government would also ensure that the Royal Belum State Park and the surrounding permanent reserve forests are sustainably managed for tiger conservation by deploying at least three enforcement personnel per 10,000 hectares as well as achieving Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS) accreditation for the Royal Belum State Park.

"We also want to establish a well-equipped Rapid Response Team to achieve zero poaching in Belum by 2020.

“Apart from that, the state government will assist in raising a total of RM100 million by 2025 for tiger conservation in Malaysia," he said in the Royal Belum Declaration issued in conjunction with the WWF-Malaysia Conservation Summit here yesterday.

Earlier Prince of Wales, Prince Charles and Perak Sultan, Sultan Nazrin Shah had spent some time listening to a briefing on the summit at the Royal Belum State Park, Belum Forest.

Zambry said the state government also pledged to work closely with all entities including the private sector, civil society, concerned Malaysian citizens, together with foreign governments, organisations and conservationists around the world to turn Perak’s aspiration into reality.

"We support the statement made by His Royal Highness (Charles) that the most difficult work begins to turn such commitments made at a very high level into action on the ground.

“There is not a moment to lose if we are to save species whose loss will not only diminish us all, but also expose their abandoned habitat to ever greater risk of destruction, with dire consequences for humanity',” he said.

The visit of Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall to Malaysia is part of a 11-day tour of Their Royal Highnesses to Singapore, Malaysia and India from Oct 30 to Nov 9.

Previous visits by the British royalty here were by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh who attended the official opening of the 16th Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 and the visit by Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in September 2012. - BERNAMA

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