The Kinabatangan River runs over roughly 560 km from the mountainous inland to the east coast of Borneo, and is the longest river in Sabah, Malaysia. The river, and bordering ecosystems are internationally renowned for incredible biodiversity. Along the river, you may spot elephants, orangutan, rhinoceros, Malay sun bears, hornbills, or crested serpent eagles. The Orang Sungai are the local people who live along the river, and depend on its resources. The Kinabatangan River is a living example of the possibilities that can exist for collaboration between stakeholders in industry, government, and environmental conservation organizations. Although oil palm cultivation in the Kinabatangan Region is prevalent, local people are working to preserve this region for posterity.
Datuk Darrel Webber is the Secretary General of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO an international, multi-stakeholder initiative that is working to make environmentally sustainable palm oil the industry norm. Listen to Datum Darrel Webber's hopes for the Kinabatangan:
Conservation and eco tourism initiatives along the Kinabatangan River have helped preserve the region. Listen to Sukau resident and Sukau Greenview Travel Tours owner Jamal Hj Lias speak about the history of the Kinabatangan:
Numerous environmental NGOs work to preserve the region surrounding the Kinabatangan River. HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Programme works to conduct orangutan research, and preserve the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. Listen to Communications Manager Harjinder Kler speak about her vision for the Kinabatangan:
Environmental conservation initiatives are prevalent in Sukau. Listen to Sukau native and Nestle RiLeaf technical field assistant Sugiandi Takasi speak about his vision for NGO collaboration in the Kinabatangan region: