View from Canopy - HoB Newsletter September 2018 issue
This September edition will feature our efforts in preserving the transboundary conservation in the three Bornean countries – Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tropical forest in the area is home to an astounding 6% of the world’s biodiversity and is one of the planet’s richest treasure troves.
We also want to invite you to marvellous and unforgettable cycle in a hilly nature conditions and crossing the country roads in the border area between Indonesia and Malaysia in the Cycling in the Heart of Borneo. Started from Sri Aman, Sarawak, Malaysia, the event will be ended in Lanjak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia with a total of 141,69 km.
From Sarawak, rural communities in Song District and Baleh were being introduced to Panda CLICK! which is an interactive conservation approach. By using visual communication to document events related to communities and their surrounding environment, it advocates for positive changes among rural communities.
Read a story on how the Sabah Forestry Department and Sabah Wildlife Department act to save Borneo elephants in Sabah, Malaysia. These large mammals – the largest to walk the land of Borneo – are known to be gentle, non-threatening and beautiful, but yet are regarded as pests. They have destroyed premises and gotten into conflict with human impacted to decreasing the number.
Last but not least, our colleagues from Central Kalimantan held an orangutan survey in the corridor of Sebangau National Park and Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. The journey was nothing but a daunting experience. The team that consists around a dozen people strolled across peat swamp forest, small palm oil plantation, and sometimes even illegal mining accompanied by suspicious gaze toward their activities from the illegal miners. During the survey they walked through rivers, peat, and hill, only resting to build a simple camp for the team to rest during night time.
Heart of Borneo will not be able to achieve significant progress if not supported by its member countries and relevant stakeholders to facilitate transboundary cooperation for sustainable development and conservation.
Heart of Borneo Leader