KOTA KINABALU: Four big Malaysian oil palm companies struck a partnership deal with the state government to protect wildlife in the wildlife rich Malua Forest reserve.
The Malua Wildlife Conservation Agreement is the first step towards implementing the Malaysian Palm Oil Council study that calls for cooperative efforts to prevent illegal hunting and poaching in Malua forest reserve.
The companies IOI Corporation Berhad, TH Group, Kwantas Corporation Berhad and Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor whose operations border the Malua forest signed the unique partnership agreement aimed at protecting the threatened wildlife in the Heart of Borneo area.
Director for New Forests Asia, who manages the Malua Biobank, Sarius Sashar said the partnership will focus on improving boundary security within the plantations, recruiting and training oil palm workers and honorary wildlife wardens while also managing human-wildlife conflicts among others.
Malua Biobank covering 34,000ha was established to protect and restore the forest reserve lowland forest and also manage the environmental credit sales from the area that has orang utans, pygmy elephants and clouded leopards among others. The signing was done at the international conference on ``Heart of Borneo (HOB) +5 and Beyond; Shaping and Nurturing Sabah's Future Together'' that was opened by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman Tuesday.
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