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Conservation Partnership to restore Lot 7 of Kinabatangan Life Sanctuary, Sabah

 

Kinabatangan Corridor of Life or KCoL was identified as a Special Management Area under the Sabah Corridor Development blueprint document. The State Government has recognized the importance of managing the area in order to keep the area healthy for sustainable economic development as well as nature conservation. The objective of KCoL is to restore more than 270000ha of degraded forests.


The State Government has recognized the importance of managing the area in order to keep the area healthy for sustainable economic development as well as nature conservation. The objective of KCoL is to restore more than 270000 ha of degraded forests. FOBISSEA Schools have the unique opportunity of contributing to this conservation project of global significance by adopting one or more hectares for forest restoration. Although much of the Kinabatangan riparian area is forest reserve under the auspices of Sabah Forest Department, there are ten designated sanctuaries set aside for biodiversity administered by Sabah Wildlife Department. FOBISSEA has been given the opportunity of restoring part of one of these sanctuaries known as Lot 7.


An MoU prepared by WWF Malaysia between Sabah Wildlife Dept., ISB, FOBISSEA and an NGO known as Mescot/KOPEL has been signed by all parties giving FOBISSEA Schools access to the area for the purpose of forest restoration. Fifteen plots have been made available in Lot 7 in Block A (see map) for phase one and a further fifteen will be available in Block B.

 

Restoration of this area will not only contribute directly to maintaining its biodiversity and the survival of such flagship species as orang utan and pygmy elephant, but will also help sustain the forest communities engaged in the forest restoration work and eco-tourism. The project is also of great significance in a global sense in that, comprising mixed dipterocarp and peat swamp forest; it has the greatest potential for carbon sequestration.



Uplands plants 600 trees at FOBISSEA Forest Restoration site - Lot 7

Posted by Fobissea Eco Schools on August 12, 2011 at 2:42pm 

June 2011 a small party of teachers and students visited the forest restoration site in Kinabatangan and with the help of the Mescot group together planted 600 trees in Plot One.

Congratulations Penang - 600 down and just 9400 to go to complete your hectare.


ISB and Alice Smith plant 296 trees in Lot 7

Posted by Fobissea Eco Schools on August 12, 2011 at 2:30pm 

June 22 - a small group of students and teachers from ISB joined forces with four eco reps from Alice Smith and planted 296 trees in plots two and three.

ISB has committed to restoring two hectares of Lot 7 and will fund the planting of 20,000 trees.…


FOBISSEA teachers assess conservation project in  Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Borneo.

Teachers from Garden International School – Kuala Lumpur, Jerudong International School -Brunei and Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok were hosted to a second Eco Workshop by ISB. Teachers stayed at the Eco Lodge at the Mescot Centre on the Kinabatangan River (www.mescot.org) and were exposed to the issues threatening the bio-diversity of the region, notably the continued encroachment of oil palm plantation.

Accompanied by the Mescot team and a professional guide, the teachers assessed the suitability of the location for potential student trips.

The itinerary also included a visit to one of the ten Sabah Wildlife Department Sanctuaries,(www.wildlife.sabah.gov.my/) located along the river where it is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will be able to get involved in the conservation of this area. The area visited was “Lot Seven” which comprises of a 30ha area of high priority, degraded mixed dipterocarp forest, which is being made available by Sabah Wildlife Department to FOBISSEA Schools for forest restoration.

FOBISSEA, together with ISB, Sabah Wildlife Department and Mescot, under the guidance of WWF, (www.wwf.org.my/) hope to restore this area over a period of three years. It is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will raise funds for the project and encourage their teachers and students to visit the site to assist with the actual restoration process.

As an integral part of the workshop, participants were also given an overview of the UK Eco Schools Green Flag Award Scheme by ISB. ( www.eco-schools.org.uk/ ) Currently thirteen FOBISSEA schools have signed up for this programme promoting education for sustainable development.

During the workshop the team spotted five different species of hornbill, caught a rare glimpse of the Bornean Bristlehead, and encountered numerous troops of proboscis monkeys and macaques. The itinerary also included visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, as well as the famous Gomontong birds’ nesting caves in Kinabatangan.

A third workshop is planned for mid/late June.

This article can be found at www.fobissea.org, , and


FOBISSEA TEACHERS ASSESS CONSERVATION PROJECT IN LOWER KINABATANGAN, SABAH, BORNEO.

Teachers from Garden International School – Kuala Lumpur, Jerudong International School -Brunei and Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok were hosted to a second Eco Workshop by ISB. Teachers stayed at the Eco Lodge at the Mescot Centre on the Kinabatangan River (www.mescot.org) and were exposed to the issues threatening the bio-diversity of the region, notably the continued encroachment of oil palm plantation.

Accompanied by the Mescot team and a professional guide, the teachers assessed the suitability of the location for potential student trips.

The itinerary also included a visit to one of the ten Sabah Wildlife Department Sanctuaries,(www.wildlife.sabah.gov.my/) located along the river where it is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will be able to get involved in the conservation of this area. The area visited was “Lot Seven” which comprises of a 30ha area of high priority, degraded mixed dipterocarp forest, which is being made available
by Sabah Wildlife Department to FOBISSEA Schools for forest restoration.

FOBISSEA, together with ISB, Sabah Wildlife Department and Mescot, under the guidance of WWF, (www.wwf.org.my/) hope to restore this area over a period of three years. It is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will raise funds for the project and encourage their teachers and students to visit the site to assist with the actual restoration process.

As an integral part of the workshop, participants were also given an overview of the UK Eco Schools Green Flag Award Scheme by ISB. ( www.eco-schools.org.uk/ ) Currently thirteen FOBISSEA schools have signed up for this programme promoting education for sustainable development.

During the workshop the team spotted five different species of hornbill, caught a rare glimpse of the Bornean Bristlehead, and encountered numerous troops of proboscis monkeys and macaques. The itinerary also included visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, as well as the famous Gomontong birds’ nesting caves in Kinabatangan.

A third workshop is planned for mid/late June.

This article can be found at www.fobissea.org, , and


FOBISSEA commits to WWF Corridor of Life Project in Borneo


At a recent meeting of the thirty seven heads of FOBISSEA (Federation of British International Schools in South and East Asia) it was agreed to incorporate the support of the the WWF Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Project into the Federation's strategic plan.
 

This will involve fund raising and tree planting in high priority areas along the riparian strip of the Kinabatangan River aimed at linking wild life sanctuaries isolated by oil palm plantations.

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Added by Fobissea Eco Schools on March 15, 2011 at 10:30am

 

FOBISSEA and UK Eco Schools
 
Currently we have 14 of the 36 Fobissea Schools registered with UK Eco Schools (www.eco-schools.org.uk)
 
This is an Education for Sustainable Development programme that offer three awards, Bronze, Silver and Green Flag. Schools can register online and the website walks you through the process. Bronze and Silver levels are self assessed and the Green Flag requires a trained assessor.
 
I am currently working with Eco Schools on… Continue
 
Added by Fobissea Eco Schools on April 12, 2011 at 1:30pm

 

FOBISSEA teachers assess conservation project in Lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Borneo.

Teachers from Garden International School  Kuala Lumpur, Jerudong International School Brunei and Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok were hosted to a second Eco Workshop by ISB. Teachers stayed at the Eco Lodge at the Mescot Centre on the Kinabatangan River (www.mescot.org.) and were exposed to the issues threatening the bio-diversity of the region, notably the continued encroachment of oil palm plantation.
 
Accompanied by the Mescot team and a professional guide, the teachers assessed the suitability of the location for potential student trips.
 
The itinerary also included a visit to one of the ten Sabah Wildlife Department Sanctuaries, http://www.wildlife.sabah.gov.my located along the river where it is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will be able to get involved in the conservation of this area. The area visited was Lot Seven which comprises of a 30ha area of high priority, degraded mixed dipterocarp forest, which is being made available by Sabah Wildlife Department to FOBISSEA Schools for forest restoration.
 
FOBISSEA, together with ISB, Sabah Wildlife Department and Mescot, under the guidance of WWF, (www.wwf.org.my/) hope to restore this area over a period of three years. It is hoped that FOBISSEA Schools will raise funds for the project and encourage their teachers and students to visit the site to assist with the actual restoration process.
 
As an integral part of the workshop, participants were also given an overview of the UK Eco Schools Green Flag Award Scheme by ISB. - 
http://www.eco-schools.org.uk Currently thirteen FOBISSEA schools have signed up for this programme promoting education for sustainable development.
 
During the workshop the team spotted five different species of hornbill, caught a rare glimpse of the Bornean Bristlehead, and encountered numerous troops of proboscis monkeys and macaques. The itinerary also included visit to the Rainforest Discovery Centre and Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre in Sandakan, as well as the famous Gomontong birds nesting caves in Kinabatangan.
 
A third workshop is planned for mid/late June.
 
This article can be found at www.million-trees.org and http://fobisseaeco.ning.com

ISB hosts International Eco Workshop on behalf of FOBISSEA

ISB hosted a teachers Eco Workshop on behalf of the Federation of British International Schools in South and East Asia (FOBISSEA) to explore ways in which Federation Schools might commit to education for sustainable development.
 
The workshop, which took place in the Kinabatangan region of Sabah was led by David Taylor, MBE, Executive Principal together with ISB's environment coordinators and involved schools from Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.
 
The workshop demonstrated how this area, so rich in bio diversity, is very much threatened by encroaching oil palm plantations. Through a presentation by WWF they learned of the global significance of this area and a strategy that was being put into place to sustain it for future generations. Participants visited tree planting sites that had been supported by ISB for a number of years and were given the opportunity to plant token trees for their own schools.
 
David Taylor mentioned that "It is important for teachers to experience firsthand just what is happening to the planet in the name of economic development and profit at the expense of biodiversity and to take their experiences back to the classroom. It is important that we make our students aware of the threats to the natural environment and to teach them the importance of development in sustainable ways. According to WWF the lower Kinabatangan is the only remaining forested flood plain in Asia and already at least ninety percent of that is under oil palm plantation.
 
The group was also made aware of the outstanding bio-diversify of this region under threat through a combination of forest treks and river boat safaris, observing the extensive range of bird and animal life.

ISB has been supporting the WWF Kinabatangan Corridor of Life Project for nearly four years by working with local NGO and villages to restore degraded areas of forest.

The eco encounter included a visit to the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre, The Rain Forest Discovery Centre and the villages of Batu Putih and Sukau, where participants learned about plantation pollution and encroachment, reforestation, and wildlife.

During the weekend participating schools werealso introduced to the UK Eco Schools Programme organised by Keep Britain Tidy. This is a programme that encourages students to take the lead and initiate sustainable practices in schools. ISB already holds the Silver Award and hopes to achieve the prestigious Green Flag award before the end of the current school year.