Enhancing Biodiversity through the Involvement of Local Community in Forest Restoration towards Forest Connectivity Corridors in Sabah.
The project envisions enhancing the biodiversity of the flora and faunal species of the Kinabatangan floodplains of Sabah by undertaking reforestation activities, towards the creation of forest connectivity corridors, by the local communities. Tree seedlings will be collected, cultivated and planted in selected areas, to facilitate and establish linkages and connectivity corridors between fragmented forests, thereby increasing tree cover and wildlife habitats. Such forestry connectivity corridors would also enable the wildlife species found in the Kinabatangan floodplains to move more easily and uninterruptedly along the lower Kinabatangan River. For improving the involvement of the local community, who formed a group called Komuniti Anak Pokok Kinabatangan (KAPOK), training and skills development would be provided to build their capacity especially in constructing and maintaining the nursery, as well as in ensuring adequate supplies of seedlings by them collecting and cultivating the seedlings, and subsequently by them replanting the mature seedlings of native trees for purposes of reforestation in the Kinabatangan floodplains, thereby not only enriching biodiversity and increasing forest connectivity corridors, but also in promoting additional and alternative income generation for the sustainable livelihood of the local community.
 
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Project Snapshot

Grantee: World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia - Borneo Malaysia Programme
Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 4
Grant Amount: US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 28,852.00
Co-Financing in-Kind: US$ 70,661.00
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP4/Y1/RAF/2008/03
Start Date: 10/2008
End Date: 12/2010
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Capacity - Building Component
Building the capacity, training and developing the skills of the local communities related to seedling collection, cultivation and replanting, nursery set-up and maintenance, site selection for replanting in degraded areas will be strength in contributing towards enhancing biodiversity and increasing forest reconnectivity in the Kinabatangan.
Replication of project activities
In a recent stakeholders meeting, the district forestry officer stated that replication of the 'KAPOK model' is currently being developed for the local community in another area, Segama for forest restoration work around Lahad Datu, with the hope of providing an alternative source of income for the local community while participating in conservation and forest restoration efforts.
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