Monday March 4, 2013
DBKU introduces replanting KPI in greening effort
By YU JI
KUCHING: Kuching City North Commission (DBKU) has introduced a Key Performance Index for its tree replanting exercise this year.
“For each tree fell, we’ll replant not one, not two, but three new trees,” Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahab Abang Julai told The Star yesterday, after launching the city hall’s Arbor Day programme.
“We have also set up a system (to determine the site) for replanting. We have decided to prioritise the replanting of trees at industrial areas, which is why this year’s Arbor Day is along Jalan Bako. Places like Samajaya is fast developing as one of the major indus-trial areas, and we’ll want to do what we can to help neutralised pollutants emitted at places like this.”
Abdul Wahab said the commission would be reducing the number of old and sick trees this year.
“Which is all the more reason why this KPI is so important. We will be cutting down trees that are of poor health, so we want the people to know that, for every tree that is felled, we’re replanting more.”
The Datuk Bandar said trees more than 20 years old and those along busy roads and residential estates would be the first to be checked for poor health.
Earlier, during his opening address, Abdul Wahab said DBKU began celebrating Arbor Day in Kuching in 1993. “Today, we are planting 333 rain trees, with the help of the different agencies, including schools.”
The trees were planted along the sides of the road and along central road dividers. Jalan Bako is one of the newer developed sites in the state capital.
It is between the Kuching Isth-mus, where the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching and a national park are, and leads to Muara Tebas, a fishing village. The area is also an industrial area, including a port.