Rewild Wildlife Habitat

ReGrow Borneo
Summary
Create Conservation Project/Cause - ReGrow Borneo | Christine Das
Purpose/Mission: 
Fragmentation and Loss of Habitat are key problems for our Malaysian Elephants. Regrow Borneo aims to mitigate climate change and forest fragmentation by restoring degraded riverine and swamp forest within the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain. Our approach is not simply to sequester carbon and enhance ecosystem resilience. We partner with local communities who grow seedlings from native tree species, paying them a living wage for their work, and providing a sustainable alternative source of income to oil palm agriculture. Our work model also supports the growing environmental tourism in the area, currently impacted by COVID19. Our intention is to produce a model that may be scaled up and replicated .We have identified 7,500 hectares of forest that we can restore within land that has the highest levels of protection by the Sabah Forestry Department and Sabah Wildlife Department. We are also working with oil palm companies to identify areas for further protection that would support their goals of becoming RSPO certified.
Start/End Date: 
Sunday, 1 August, 2021 to Monday, 1 December, 2025

KOPEL will be responsible for growing seedlings, planting the trees, and maintaining each tree for three years and Danau Girang Field Centre will work with KOPEL:

(1) To measure the total carbon sequestered within forests (including below the ground) at different stages of restoration. These measurements are to be of highest international standard (denoted as Tier 3 by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change).

(2) To understand how the amount of carbon sequestered in forests changes through time due to environmental and human interventions.

(3) To measure changes in biodiversity of plants and animals associated with reforestation.

(4) To investigate the impact of the restoration projects on communities in relation to enhancement of local livelihoods and the provision of ecosystem services.