HUTAN is thriving to save Kinabatangan through a holistic conservation approach led by our local teams.
We conduct ground-breaking studies of wild orang-utans in degraded forest and non-forest habitat to design new ways to protect the species in the Anthropocene.
We study elephant ecology and movements in the Kinabatangan to design adequate strategies leading to peaceful co-existence between people and elephants.
We are conducting a long-term monitoring of wildlife in Kinabatangan to better understand the impacts of habitat degradation and fragmentation on the health of animal populations, to assess the nature and consequences of various threats to wildlife, and to assess the efficiency of various management strategies on wildlife.
We protect animals and their resources within and outside of Protected Areas from any harm that could result from a close proximity with people.
We recreate contiguous corridors of forest along the Kinabatangan to support key populations of forest-dependent species in the Kinabatangan.
The HUTAN Environmental Awareness Program or HEAP intends to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of the other HUTAN units by raising awareness and by encouraging behavioral changes in the people in Sabah.
We support hornbill breeding activities in the Kinabatangan to ensure that these magnificent birds will survive in the area.
We protect from overharvesting and habitat destruction the colonies of swiftlets found in the Pangi Cave system that are producing edible nests.
POLICY & ADVOCACY
In the Kinabatangan floodplain, HUTAN actively participates in efforts to recreate a forest corridor along the river by developing a systematic conservation planning framework that involves private stakeholders such as oil palm plantations, local communities and government agencies.
Empowering selected community members in the management of their natural resources is the most promising approach to securing the future of the Kinabatangan area.