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LEAP Spiral

NGO founded: 2006
Partnership formed: 2008

Organisation’s aim: To organise projects and partnerships that provoke sustainable ecological co-existence amongst groups, communities, nations and regions of the world. LEAP Spiral stands for Land Empowerment Animals People.

Partner history

LEAP Spiral was established after founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Ong, travelled home to Sabah, Borneo. She was asked to help link together conservation groups in Sabah with like-minded people in the USA. A series of meetings with colleagues and organisations in both Sabah and the USA followed, which outlined how LEAP could help organisations in Borneo.

Partnership with WLT

LEAP submitted a proposal for land purchase in 2007. WLT went on a site visit to investigate the feasibility of land purchase in Borneo and to meet with other organisations and groups in the area, including HUTAN. A partnership was formed between WLT and both Malaysian organisations, Leap Spiral and HUTAN.

Forest and Oil Palm Plantation boarder
Oil Palm plantations (above) are causing clearance of native forests and are unsuitable for wildlife; WLT and LEAP Spiral are protecting strategically important parcels of native forests for Orang-utans and other wildlife.

Projects with WLT

Borneo Orang-utan Appeal

LEAP Spiral works in partnership with HUTAN and WLT on the Borneo Orang-utan Appeal, to create wildlife corridors to connect one protected area with another.  The aim is to create a contiguous habitat for Orang-utans and other wildlife, whose forests are under threat from the Oil Palm industry.


Other projects and activities

  • Organising a campaign project for green issues in Borneo, called Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Repower the Future). Success stories include preventing a coal power station being built in the area;
  • Engaging with communities to allow them to sustainably manage the land and its resources through a project called MESCOT (Model for Environmentally Sustainable Community Tourism);
  • Reforesting degraded habitat so it is able to support both wildlife and local communities;
  • Developing Ecosystem Services projects to protect natural resources;
  • Specific species conservation projects for the Bornean Orang-utan, Sumatran rhino and Malayan Sun bear.
Contact details: 

Executive Director: Cynthia Ong

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