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Sabah Living Landscapes

Help bring Sabah's forests back to life

Gentle and intelligent orangutans depend on their forest homes for food and shelter. But decades of unsustainable logging and clearance for oil palm production in Sabah, Malaysia, have destroyed and fragmented these vital leafy lifelines, leaving the critically endangered orange apes isolated and extremely vulnerable.

  • Donate £10
    £10
    Could pay for a
    Pair of binoculars, enabling our monitoring teams to track the movements of orangutans and other wildlife.
  • Donate £20
    £20
    Could pay for a
    Camera trap, providing vital insight into the array of wildlife living in the forests.
  • Donate £50
    £50
    Could pay for
    50 native tree seedlings, including fruit trees that provide crucial food for orangutans.
  • Custom
    £

ANCIENT, IMPORTANT... YET INCREDIBLY FRAGILE

Sabah

Sabah’s remaining forests are brimming with incredible wildlife, store huge amounts of carbon and provide vital resources for millions of people. They are among the world’s most richly-biodiverse ecosystems, and we can’t afford to lose them.

Rampant logging, fires and unsustainable palm oil production have led to Borneo losing a third of its forests since the 1970s – releasing millions of tonnes of stored carbon into the atmosphere and putting already vulnerable wildlife at risk. One fifth of Sabah is now covered in oil palm plantations where wildlife-rich forests stood just 40 years ago. And, as these forests have been cleared, orangutans and other species have lost their habitat. Yet there is another side to the story.

Oil palm is actually an extremely efficient crop, producing between four and 10 times more oil per unit area than other edible oils such as soybean, rapeseed and sunflower. If produced following Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) guidelines it has far less impact on the environment, with areas set aside for wildlife and workers’ rights upheld.

221 MAMMAL SPECIES ARE FOUND IN SABAH, ALONG WITH MORE THAN 10,000 SPECIES OF WILD PLANTS, 664 OF BIRDS, 197 OF REPTILES, 98 OF AMPHIBIANS, 1819 OF MARINE FISH, 155 OF FRESHWATER FISH AND THOUSANDS OF INVERTEBRATES.

SABAH LIVING LANDSCAPES PROGRAMME

Sabah Living Landscapes

With your help, we can work to change practices, fight deforestation and show how orangutans and other wildlife can thrive within palm oil producing landscapes.

The revolutionary living landscapes approach you’d support integrates the protection, restoration and reconnection of forests, watersheds and wildlife with RSPO-certified production of palm oil.

It has the potential to dramatically transform the way Sabah’s forests are managed for people and for wildlife.

Our approach unites the state government, palm oil producers, communities and conservationists.

SOWING THE SEEDS OF CHANGE

Community Based Mangrove Conservation
WWF-Malaysia / Mazidi Abd Ghani

Your gift can help fund two urgent and vital projects right from the start, protecting the needs of people, wildlife and forest ecosystems long into the future.

In Sabah’s Tawau Hills, you can help restore 750 hectares of damaged and fragmented forest to reconnect Mount Wullersdorf and Ulu Kalumpang Forest Reserve.

This will enable orangutans, elephants and other animals to move more freely to find food and mates.

You’ll also help restore 300 hectares of degraded mangrove forest in Lower Sugut Landscape, home to beguiling yet threatened proboscis monkeys.

20,000 trees will be planted between Mount Wullersdorf and Ulu Kalumpang Forest Reserve alone.

WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO PROTECT THE FOREST HOMES ORANGUTANS AND OTHER INCREDIBLE WILDLIFE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT. PLEASE GIVE THEM YOUR SUPPORT.

  • Donate £10
    £10
    Could pay for a
    Pair of binoculars, enabling our monitoring teams to track the movements of orangutans and other wildlife.
  • Donate £20
    £20
    Could pay for a
    Camera trap, providing vital insight into the array of wildlife living in the forests.
  • Donate £50
    £50
    Could pay for
    50 native tree seedlings, including fruit trees that provide crucial food for orangutans.
  • Custom
    £

YOUR DONATION WILL HELP US PROTECT SABAH'S FORESTS FOR WILDLIFE AND CARRY OUT OTHER VITAL WORK AROUND THE WORLD.