A report for sustainable development and global tourism potential of the oldest rainforest in the world at Belum and Temenggor would be ready soon.
The report which is an effort undertaken by the Perak state government and Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is 60 percent complete and would be fully done by year end.
Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said a consultant producing the integrated master plan has briefed state executive councilors on its progress in Ipoh recently.
They were also informed that the master plan is being drawn with consideration given to input from nature and environment loving groups on conservation and economic returns for the state.
He said the state will launch campaigns on eco-tourism based from the master plan with attention to the Banding area which is set to become a world renowned attraction. He was speaking to reporters after chairing a weekly exco meeting in Ipoh.
The integrated master plan aims to provide a check and balance system and also to maintain preservation, and conservation while promoting sustainable development.
Belum-Temenggor, the largest continuous forest complex in Peninsular Malaysia, is located in the northern part of Perak and is estimated to be as old as 130 million years, making it older than the jungles of the Amazon or Congo.
It has been identified as an Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) Rank 1 under the Malaysian National Physical Plan and recognised by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA).