We are fortunate to be part of a world that is characterised by the diversity of its many species of plant and animal life but the world is getting warmer and climate change has already had, or is expected to have, a serious influence on the planet.
The guiding principle of the Pulau Banding Charter (Banding Island Charter) is our promise to the land and its inhabitants and includes provisions to ensure that Banding Island is developed in a sustainable manner, with the utmost respect for the environment, its inhabitants and to preserve the delicate ecosystem of its natural surroundings.
We believe we are jointly responsible for the world around us and that is why Banding Island is being delicately developed to further boost eco-tourism while careful attention is paid to preserving the priceless heritage and natural bounties of the area and of Banding Island Rainforest.
As part of our promise as guardians of our planet, approximately 80% of Banding Island will be left pure and untouched. Only 20% will be low-density developments with minimal carbon footprints and eco-friendly construction elements.
We will be using locally sourced eco-friendly materials and traditional building techniques to boost local social capital while reducing the impact on the environment.
Sustainability requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands and this process begins with us. We have a gift in the Belum-Temengor Rainforest; in fact we have a treasure trove within the rainforest just waiting to be explored. Why teach children from books alone when a visit to one of the oldest rainforests in the world would be so much more invigorating and memorable. This decree is to provide future generations an opportunity to experience the rainforest rather than imagine its magnificence though books or the Internet. This is the impact that Banding Island will have on young Malaysians and individuals around the world and we are making it our mission to safeguard the rainforest and its many inhabitants for them for years to come.