Improving Connectivity in The Central Forest Spine

Incepted in 2014, IC-CFS initiatives are spearheaded by the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM) in collaboration with a network of implementing agencies

Improving Connectivity in The Central Forest Spine
From left_ Launching gambit with Dr Samsudin Musa and Dato' Indera Mohd Ridza bin Awang; Ketua Pengarah Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia

Improving Connectivity in the Central Forest Spine or IC-CFS is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Government and international bodies to conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in three critical landscapes (Perak, Pahang and Johor) of the Central Forest Spine.

IC-CFS is funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and support from United Nations Development (UNDP).

Incepted in 2014, IC-CFS initiatives are spearheaded by the Forestry Department of Peninsular Malaysia (FDPM) in collaboration with a network of implementing agencies such as the following:

  • Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KETSA)
  • Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP)
  • Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • State Forestry Departments
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IC-CFS drives integrated coalitions with non-governmental organisations, businesses and communities to stir change in the local environmental landscape.

The Main Forest Complexes Protected by IC-CFS

All three of the pilot forest landscapes are identified as critical areas which are priority linkages in the Central Forest Spine Master Plan (CFSMP).

These locations are also crucial tiger conservation sites identified in the National Tiger Action Plan (NTCAP).

These three forests include the Belum - Temengor Forest Complex, Greater Taman Negara Forest Complex and the Endau-Rompin-Sedili Forest Complex.

Core efforts of the IC-CFS Project

Sustainable Forest Management

They are the implementation and refinement of the Biodiversity Monitoring Protocol in CFS landscape and the rehabilitation of degraded habitats and enactment of wildlife food planting guide.

Capacity Building

It is to strengthen institutional capacity on the Federal government and state-level decision making process and the gazettement of the critical ecological corridors within the CFS areas.

Wildlife Conservation

Conservation is done through the utilization of the Spatial Monotoring and Reporting (SMART) tools, enforcement of wildlife crime law and wildlife monitoring and mitigation of Human-Wildlife Conflict.

Community Development

The aim is the execution of Community Based Organization activities to uplift the socio-economics of surrounding community.

Altogher, to establish a non-comsuptive ecotourism.

Funding Diversification

Development of economic valuation and the implementation of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES).

Enactment of sustainable funding mechanism at the state-level for conservation.

Who are the key personnels behind the IC-CFS Project?

●  National Project Director - (Dato’ Haji Zahari bin Ibrahim)

●  National Project Manager - (Dr. Samsudin bin Musa)

●  Acting Focal Officer FDPM - (Hj. Ramli bin Mat)

●  Focal Officer DWNP - (Mohd Taufik bin Abd Rahman)

●  Focal Point Officer FRIM - (Mohammad Shahfiz Bin Azman)

●  Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - (Dr. Nazarin Ezzaty binti Mohd Najib)

●  Communication Officer - (Farhana binti Ruslan)

●  Perak State Project Coordinator - (Dr. Agkillah Maniam)

●  Johor State Project Coordinator - (Shazrul Azwan bin Johari)

●  Pahang State Project Coordinator - (Muhammad Syafuan bin Ismail)