In its biennial tourism awards on 18 November, the State Government of Sabah named Lower Kinabatangan the best natural destination in Sabah.
Special awards also recognised Hutan, World Land Trust's (WLT) project partner in Malaysia, and Hutan's Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project (KOCP) for their outstanding contributions to the development of the tourism industry in the State.
After the award ceremony, Marc Ancrenaz, Joint Director of Hutan, contacted key partners, including WLT to say: “The KOCP team is very proud that their efforts to preserve Kinabatangan are acknowledged by the state government. I really wanted to share this news with all of you since our project wouldn't exist without your kind and longterm continuous support. This award is the result of our combined efforts, and I'm very proud to share the award with you all.”
Keepers of the Wild
WLT also supports Sabah’s Honorary Wildlife Wardens (HWW) programme with Keepers of the Wild funding. Hutan manages the HWW programme jointly with Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), and people from the Kinabatangan community – many of whom are also Hutan staff - are trained and granted the same legal powers as SWD rangers working in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. WLT part-funds the salary of Berjaya Elahan, one of the Honorary Wildlife Wardens.
Borneo Rainforest Appeal
WLT is currently raising funds to protect a wildlife corridor in Sabah, vital for the survival of Orang-utans and other species endemic to the area. WLT's Borneo Rainforest Appeal target is £1m, and so far £725,000 has been raised. If you can, please give generously to help us reach our target.