Rosila Anthony
Ms. Rosila Anthony is a research officer of the Sabah State Forestry Department since 1992. She is currently the Head of the GIS Unit of the Forest Resource Management Division. She received her Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Biology from the Faculty of Science and Natural Resource of UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia in 1992 and received her Master of Science (Hons) degree in Tropical Forest Resource Management from University of Putra, Malaysia in 2002. She has been instrumental in the initial stage of the GIS and Remote Sensing setup of the department. She has been involved in spatial planning using GIS and Remote Sensing application in forestry. She is the departmentís GIS resource person for inter-departmental projects i.e. the spatial planning for Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZM) ,MyGDI Sabah Project etc. She is currently involved in the Forest Cover Mapping and Forest Carbon Mapping under REDD+ project for Sabah.


The Implementation of RIL in Sabahís Sustainable Forest Management
The concept of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) planning in Sabah is not new. Several efforts have been undertaken towards implementing SFM since 1989. A good forest management practices takes cognizance of the multiple functions of the forests giving high emphasis to future productivity of the forest so that it is able to continuously contribute economically, socially and environmentally. Forest harvesting is an important component of SFM implementation. Reduce Impact Logging (RIL) has been recognised as one of the key component of the successful implementation of SFM. In 1996, the Sabah government have adopted full RIL implementation in all its forest reserves. At different management level, SFM implementation generally comprises of planning procedure, implementing guidelines and monitoring tasks. Planning at the compartment level is operational in nature where the annual work plans and Comprehensive Harvesting Plan (CHP) for the production compartment are prepared. Field operations such as harvesting, rehabilitation, silvicultural tending and resource accounting, which take into account the changes in the growing stock and quality of forest stands, are planned, implemented and recorded. In timber harvesting operation, RIL techniques are exclusively carried in Sabah. RIL operation includes the marking of trees for numbering and directional felling, planning of road networks and skid trails aligned according to the location of trees and the terrain conditions. This paper highlights the efforts undertaken, limitation encountered and future programme in incorporating geospatial techniques in SFM particularly timber harvesting planning in Sabah Forestry Department.
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