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.

In Sabah, HUTAN is part of several committees in charge of developing policy documents, such as Forest Management Plans, Species Action Plans for orang-utan or elephant, the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy and other official documents. We are also an active member of the Elephant Task Force or the Oil Palm Jurisdictional Approach Steering Committee.

We also use the results of our field activities to influence the palm oil industry and its political framework toward better practices by creating documents such as “Standard Operating Practices for Managing Elephant Corridors within Plantations”, or “Biodiversity Management within Plantations”, and by being part of various initiatives, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Pongo Alliance or the French Alliance for the Preservation of Forests.

Last but not least, HUTAN is also actively involved in the international debate about wildlife conservation through our contribution to various IUCN SSS Specialist Groups (Asian Elephants, Section of Great Apes, Palm Oil Task Force, Wildlife Health), the UNDP Great Ape Survival Program, the RSPO, Borneo Futures, and many other relevant platforms.

Disseminating the results of our conservation and research activities is an essential part of our efforts to influence policies and decisions taken in Malaysia and globally: a list of selected articles and reports is available in the Publication & Resources section.