Universiti Malaysia Sabah Receives RM2 Million for the Research and Restoration of Forest Biodiversity in Sandakan Bay

Selangor, 12 May 2022 – Yayasan Sime Darby (“YSD”) is channeling RM2 million to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to support the restoration of biodiversity, carbon sequestration and enhancement of ecosystem within conservation-set-aside (CSA) areas in Sandakan Bay, Sabah over a 3-year period. Vice Chancellor of UMS Prof. Datuk ChM. Ts. Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin and YSD Governing Council Member and Sime Darby Berhad (SDB) Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson today signed an agreement to formalise the collaboration, witnessed by YSD CEO Dr Hjh Yatela Zainal Abidin.

This project aims to restore approximately 102 hectares of the forest and riparian buffers within the oil palm landscapes in Sentosa, Tigowis, Tun Tan Siew Sin and Tunku Estates in Sandakan Bay, Sabah, which are managed by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad. The area is located at the north of the Kinabatangan Corridor of Life.

Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson said, “YSD has long been a champion of ecosystem conservation and world-class research and execution, and this latest project with UMS on restoration of forest biodiversity only serves to strengthen this. On top of the direct support towards reforestation, we are eager to see the benefits that research and expansion of the knowledge base on Sabah’s forests and biodiversity will provide to the surrounding communities as well as to the industry as part of our climate action plan.

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Led by the Faculty of Forestry at UMS, the project aims to contribute to the comparison of different restoration and rehabilitation strategies to enhance carbon storage and biodiversity within the Sandakan Bay Estates and the riparian buffer within its oil palm landscape; improve wildlife habitat by introducing intervention to increase food resources for frugivores; establish a baseline upon which long-term changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services could be monitored; and develop local talent with capability in forest restoration research through exposure for and training of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

YSD’s is providing funds for personnel executing the research, scholarship grants for postgraduate students, and ancillary costs for this project as well as funding for advocacy and awareness engagements such as workshops, the development of e-manuals for industry use and the production of documentaries on the findings from this initiative.

This initiative is supported in kind by Sime Darby Plantation Berhad’s estates and is in line with Sime Darby Berhad’s efforts to optimise its environment and social footprint as outlined in its sustainability blueprint and Sime Darby Property Berhad’s 2030 sustainability goal of carbon sequestration.

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24 Jun 2022
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