SEPANG - A new coastal development plan, in accordance with international standards, will be implemented in Sepang, Selangor.
Sepang yesterday became the fifth district in the state to join the Pemsea Network of Local Governments (PNLG). Pemsea stands for Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, which is a form of partnership in environmental management among East Asian countries.
The development plan would include better facilities for the area, while at the same time protecting the environment. The plan was prepared over the past three months by the state government agencies with the help of foreign experts and environmental NGOs.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who made the annonuncement, said the partnership would allow the state to learn from other countries that had successfully implemented integrated coastal development.
He added that the Avani Gold Coast Resort here, the venue of the PNLG forum yesterday, was an example of integrated coastal development, in which the resort was developed as a tourism destination with minimal impact on the environment.
"I am proud to announce that the Sepang district will... become the new PNLG member and have its own integrated coastal management plan implemented," he said in his speech at the 14 PNLG Forum here.
He also asked the forum to place special emphasis on the development plan for Port Klang.
"This is because that is where enormous development programmes will be introduced.
Khalid said the state government was also launching a seaside and river cleaning programme in the state.