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Facilitating projects, partnerships and exchanges 
that provoke ecologically sustainable co-existence


To facilitate committed and open partnerships that enable :

* habitats, species and cultures to thrive  

* sustainable economic activities that place equal value ​on income security, quality of life and the health of our shared ecosystem

To create an atmosphere of :

* support and innovation for work on the ground 

* openness and willingness to change across civil society,

government and industry

To engage all communities and empower each other to move from reactive conservation towards proactive stewardship

To collaboratively transform a failing system to one that is healthy, transparent and respectful of the interconnectedness of life




LEAP is flexible and responsive in accommodating the unique
development of each of its partnerships and projects 

Listen to the need


LEAP takes its cue from the needs on the ground and listens for and avails itself to the expression of that need in its various forms and through diverse voices across the spectrum;



Provide space for collaboration


LEAP convenes and holds space for meetings and gatherings between groups that would otherwise rarely engage, unfreezing dynamics and protocol so that authentic and meaningful conversations can take place;

 Engage relevant partners


LEAP facilitates the formation and emergence of strategic partnerships through identifying common ground where natural alliances appear, and then fills the gaps between the parties to bridge towards action;


Guide solutions


LEAP drives these partnerships toward joint action to address the needs of the collective, and guides the continued conversation so that voices are heard in a spirit of transparency and group wisdom;


Follow through with initiatives


LEAP acts as the consistent connector to follow through with partnerships, objectives and deliverables, ensuring that movement and momentum is gained and maintained and needs are fulfilled;


Persevere for results


LEAP commits to following through with its partners and projects as required by the unique dynamics of each; our commitment begins with the call for help and sustains until there is mutual agreement that the objectives are met and the work together is completed.

Communication regarding a Nature Conservation Agreement granting monopoly rights on 2 million hectares of Sabah’s forested lands to a private company


"LEAP has brought a culture of listening, discussion and openness to Sabah’s environmental and social development projects and partnerships. LEAP has created the opportunity for people who are usually not heard to have a voice and provides space that allows all individuals to feel comfortable to talk and share.


LEAP has achieved these results by encouraging a change from the traditional model (ie. top down, exclusive), to a more inclusive and transparent way of interacting. This shift inspires confidence in people to be more honest and forthright in their opinions and has succeeded in making transparency an acceptable way of interacting.  This has had the effect of de-stigmatizing talking openly about controversial issues, which has historically been taboo in Sabah.

LEAP actively and consistently promotes transparency between government departments, NGO’s, local communities and international foundations, with the aim of increasing links, communication and understanding. Increased participation from all stakeholders transforms partnerships and encourages empowerment, breaks down hierarchical systems and challenges and changes traditional operational mentalities. 


LEAP is the only organization that has been able to transcend traditional barriers in Sabah and this has served to promote transparent collaboration on environmental and social projects."


Datuk Dr. Junaidi Payne / 

Executive Director of BORA

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