Borneo is divided into three political regions: Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo), the Sultanate of Brunei, and the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Sabah has the political, cultural and social climate, as well as the infrastructure and governance, that are conducive to innovative and progressive initiatives which open new ground and pave the way for others in the region.
The growing collaborative culture amongst key stakeholders in government, industry and civil society is becoming fertile ground for unprecedented partnerships and bold projects, and Sabah is fast gaining the reputation and credibility as a leader in cutting edge conservation solutions in Borneo, Malaysia and the Southeast Asian region. Testament to this, Sabah now has over 50% of its land area under forest cover, a figure which it plans on increasing, and a commitment to extend totally protected forest areas to an unprecedented 30%. Holistic plans for wildlife conservation are being formulated involving local communities, government, NGOs and civil society – and translated on the ground.