Environmental Conservation and Community Capacity Building at Kampung Kimihang, Kudat, Sabah: Best Ecotourism Practice By Utilizing The Local Natural Resources.
In recent years, the unique culture of the local indigenous Rungus people, their traditional longhouse and natural resources are being threatened by rapid development. Realizing that the unique Rungus culture is a tourism asset under threat resulting in biodiversity loss, habitat degradation and drying of small rivers, cultural tourism is being introduced in this district to sustain the ecological and livelihood of the indigenous people in the Kudat region. Focusing on empowerment of the local community living in Kampung Kimihang, whom are mostly farmers and fishermen, the benefit is expected to reach other nearby villages such as Kampung Kimihang Darat, Kampung Bangau and Bangau Andab, Kampung Longom and Loro Kecil.

The primary objective is to preserve and conserve the local natural resources in Kg. Kimihang by applying good ecotourism practice so that the community can benefit in terms of sustainable income while promoting the conservation of local natural resources. A code of practice will be developed to serve as guidelines for the local communities.

Project Snapshot

Country: Malaysia
Area Of Work: Biodiversity
Operational Phase: Phase 4
Grant Amount: US$ 48,000.00
Co-Financing Cash: US$ 4,284.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number: MAL/SGP/OP4/Y3/RAF/2009/03
Start Date: 3/2010
End Date: 8/2012
Status: Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
The beneficiary of this grant is the local indigenous Rungus community of the Kudat region, who are well-known for their unique culture and traditional longhouses. The project aims to build the capacity of the community to practice sustainable ecotourism as a solution to eradicating poverty while conserving their natural habitat and resources crucial for their sustainable livelihood.