Plant Trees, Save the Earth!


Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi is proud to support and to be associated with the Biodiversity Awareness Program and ‘Plant Trees, Save The Earth’ which was launch at the lodge on the  7th December 2016

The launching of the Programme by Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation, Her Excellency Maria Castillo Fernandez.

 Ambassador and Head of the European Union (EU) delegation, Her Excellency Maria Castillo Fernandez was the guest of  honour and  the event was witnessed by Christiaan Louis, Jerome Pons (Head of Cooperation), Ralf Ludwig (Team Leader EU Programme), Dr. Raymond Alfred (Kinabatangan REDD+ Project Manager), Rosila Anthony (REDD+ CORE Project Coordinator), Peter Malim (REDD+ Kinabatangan Project Coordinator), Hussin Tukiman (Kinabatangan Forest officer) and Zulkefli Haji Said (FGV).

Zulkefli Haji (FGV) receiving a token of appreciation from Maria Castillo Fernandez

She said this when launching the Felda Global Venture (FGV) – Borneo Conservation Trust (BCT) – Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) Biodiversity Awareness Programme and the “Plant Trees, Save the Earth” campaign at the Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi recently.

The collaboration has received the support of the Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi and Myne Resort. The two resorts have allocated their land (combined area of at least 200 acres) as wildlife corridors while also carrying out tree planting activities.

REDD+ Kinabatangan Project Manager, Dr Raymond Alfred explained that the modules for the programme was similar with the Environmental Conservation & Sustainability Certificate Programme.

He said that the programme comprised of four-days of lecture and 10 days of field trip.

The lectures will include subject on Scenarios for a Sustainable World, Sustainable Agricultural Practices, Climate Change and Biodiversity, and introduction to Spatial Mapping. He also stressed that the key stakeholders that need to be involved for the successful implementation of conservation initiative in the Kinabatangan were the community, the plantation sectors and the tourism sectors.

“A win-win situation could be established if we listen and understand their problem and needs. We also know that the community have their own limitation in implementing the relevant conservation activities, especially when the activities involved cost. Therefore, under the FGV-BCT conservation programme, support to the REDD+ Kinabatangan project will focus more on capacity building for the community, as well as to develop sustainable eco-tourism, sustainable practices for smallholders/community, forest restoration programme and empowering community,” he said.

Maria Castillo Fernandez (left) together with Raymond Alfred (BCT – Right)

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