To develop Pulau Banding as the gateway to Royal Belum State Park and to position it as a premier heritage destination on the world eco-tourism map.
Towards this end, the development of Pulau Banding shall be undertaken in a manner which is sustainable; wherein there is a need to:
- Establish effective alliances among the key players in the field of eco-tourism and property development which includes the Perak State Government, all related Ministries and the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with the purpose of soliciting their full commitment and support. The conservation, protection and appreciation of nature requires the cooperation, commitment and active involvement of all parties, public and private; underpinned by a deep sense of mutual respect and understanding at local, national, regional and international levels.
- Promote effective management and enforcement by the Perak State Park Corporation for the Royal Belum State Park and Forestry department for Temengor Forest Reserve and Belum Forest Reserve.
- Promote the development of an Integrated Management Plan for the development of Pulau Banding.
- Incorporate the relevant guidelines and policies stipulated in the National Physical Plan.
- Promote the protection and conservation of Royal Belum State Park as a national heritage.
- Adopt a development practice in a manner that is not detrimental to the environment of Pulau Banding and its surroundings.
- Take into consideration not only the social and physical structure but also the interests of the local population particularly the ‘Orang Asli’ community.
- Promote the setting up of a fully-equipped and effectively-run ‘One-Stop Centre’ in Pulau Banding to facilitate the speedy processing of entry permits with the firm support of all relevant authorities to respective restricted areas.
- Develop, manage and maintain a ‘Research Centre’ in Pulau banding for the comprehensive study of tropical rainforest ecosystem, both terrestrial and aquatic.
- Provide a mixed range of accommodation and public amenities to cater for various levels of visitors and tourists.
PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES
To accomplish our VISION, a set of guiding principles have been drawn up for the adoption of future investors and professionals in the property development and eco-tourism industries in Pulau Banding.
They include the following:
- The development shall be sustainable, ie. It must be economically viable and ecologically manageable in the long term, conducted in an ethical manner and be socially equitable for the local community.
- The development process shall envisage and practice comprehensive management of resources in order to ensure its viability, thus enabling the environment and its surroundings particularly the protected areas, to be preserved.
- The development shall take into consideration the conservation of the natural landscape of Pulau Banding and its surroundings.
- The development shall recognize the importance of balancing the need for the preservation of nature vis-à-vis the need to promote eco-tourism.
- The development shall act as a catalyst to provide diversity of economic opportunities to the local community.
- The development shall endeavour to integrate the natural, cultural and human environment.
- The development practices shall comply with the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report.
- The development shall ensure an acceptable evolution on natural resources, biodiversity and the capacity for assimilation of any impact and residues produced.
- The development shall ensure the reasonable involvement and shall take into consideration the interests of the local community, in particular, the ‘Orang Asli’ community.
- The development shall adhere to all relevant statutory requirements, regulations, terms and conditions.
- The investors shall contribute a portion of profits from the development for the continuous funding of the research centre.
- The introduction of premium pricing on various types of accommodation provided shall be justified by having elements of product differentiation.
Dated this day 24th July 2007.