Kuching Wetlands Has Tourism Potential

Date : 23 February 2014     Source : Borneo Post Online

Dr Abdul Rahman plants a mangrove tree sapling. From his right are Petronas Sarawak general manager Shamsur Taha and director of Forests Sapuan Ahmad.

KUCHING: The Kuching Wetlands National Park (KWNP) has good tourism potential but requires the development of the right promotional strategies.

Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said tourism players and tour operators must take the opportunity to promote the park as it offers interesting natural attractions.

“The KWNP houses various attractions such as dolphins, proboscis monkey and fireflies and what we need now are promotional strategies and assistance from the locals to promote KWNP,” he said during the World Wetlands Day celebration yesterday.

He said as the park is located near Kuching city, accessibility is not a factor.

Dr Abdul Rahman also stressed the importance of KWNP as a natural filter for the rivers.

“The wetlands also serve as a filter, absorbing dirt and ensuring that the river flows smoothly. Preservation is important as it plays an important role naturally,” he explained.

He pointed out that without the wetlands, natural habitats would be affected as the water level would be higher.

Calling on locals to play their part, he said the community could volunteer to clean the park and plant more trees.

“Planting trees will provide a more beautiful sight at KWNP apart from preserving the natural beauty of the place itself,” he said.

The event included an exhibition on KWNP, colouring and quiz competition, as well as tree planting ceremony.