Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RM 6 million upgrade for Rainforest Discovery Centre

Sabah's award-winning Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC) in Sandakan is set to become better next year with additional facilities, including an environmental education activity centre.

The RM6.5mil upgrading of the Sabah Forestry Department-run RDC would also include an 80m extension of its existing 147m-long treetop walkway.

Department director Datuk Sam Manna said an outdoor stage and the facility's car park would be upgraded.

Green attraction: An artist’s impression of the proposed environmental education activity centre at the Rainforest Discovery Centre that is currently under construction.

“These new developments will further enhance the standing of the RDC as a top environmental education facility in Sabah,” he said yesterday, adding that work would be completed next November.

Mannan said funding for the work was provided by grants from the federal Tourism Ministry and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry.

Located some 24km from San-dakan town, the RDC is located adjacent to the internationally renowned Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre.

The RDC, with its 800m trail among dipterocarp trees, is also the venue of Sabah's annual bird-watching festival.

Among the recent additions to the RDC was a new 120-seat theatre early this year.

The RDC was named the state's best tourist attraction in the nature category at last week's Sabah Tourism Awards event.

Opened in 2007, the RDC attracted some 40,000 visitors last year, Mannan said.

He also said the department had commissioned the building of a jungle lodge along the Kawag River in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, an area known for its rich wildlife.

He said the contractor had taken possession of the site and was expected to begin work on the lodge before the end of the month.

“We hope the proposed new facility will create more opportunities for forest recreation and tourism in the Lahad Datu area,” he said.


Green Sabah says: This is a good initiative from the government to help improve the Rainforest Discovery Centre. This will also help bring in more tourist to Lahad Datu, its a good activity centre for those who are interested to know more about rainforest preservation and environmental issues. 
RM6m upgrade for Rainforest Discovery Centre


Anonymous said...

RDC is one of the attraction in Sandakan. With that allocation, hopefully this place can be improved and attract more tourists.

zam said...

semoga peruntukan ini akan digunakan dengan sebaiknya.

zam said...

ini merupakan usaha yang baik. harap semuanya berjalan lancar dan proses menaiktaraf akan siap seperti dirancang.

Anonymous said...

peruntukan yang diberikan kenalah digunakan sebaiknya untuk menaiktaraf hutan kita.

Anonymous said...

semoga rancangan naik taraf ini akan berjaya mencapai sasaran.

Green Sabah said...

Thank you all for commenting, we hoped that the upgrades will go successfully so that this centre will be able to help create more awareness about the environment.

Anonymous said...

to develop this state, we don't need to destroy our forest.. make sure more than 50% of Sabah land still covered by forest..

Smookiekins said...

Harap rancangan akan sukses dan peruntukan digunakan sebaik mungkin.

Hanroizin said...

Teruskan usaha untuk menjaga alam sekitar kita.

DorianG said...

A big boost to our local eco-tourism industry!

DorianG said...

This will further enhance Sabah on the world map as a eco-tourism destination.

Mohd Ishak said...

Harap projek naik taraf RDC ini akan berjalan lancar supaya RDC boleh teruskan usaha mereka untuk melindungi hutan tropika di Sabah.

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