Permanent facilities for conservation researchers

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Jul 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Researchers studying one of Sabah’s last pristine conservation areas – the Imbak Canyon – will soon have permanent facilities to carry out their work.

Yayasan Sabah, which oversees the area, has teamed up with Petronas to build the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) located at Ulu Kinabatangan.

Petronas has contributed some RM77mil under the second phase of the Yayasan Sabah Petronas Imbak Canyon Conservation Partnership.

The 27ha ICSC is scheduled for completion in 2016 and will become the central hub for research and studies on environment and biodiversity in the area.

Petronas president and group chief executive Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas said the facility represented the oil firm and Yayasan Sabah’s commitment towards the 30,000ha Imbak Canyon.

“This partnership is our commitment towards preserving the pristine ecology,” he said at the launch of the ICSC by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman yesterday.

Yayasan Sabah director Datuk Sapawi Ahmad said the ICSC would strengthen Imbak Canyon’s position as a research centre for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, for gene bank conservation and exploration for pharmaceutical and biotechnology potential.

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