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Regrow Borneo is a project to restore tropical forests through ethical, transparent, and research-led replanting. The aim is not simply to capture carbon but to plant trees in ways that improve local communities' livelihoods and enhance biodiversity and ecosystem resilience.
The Kinabatangan is the largest river in Borneo and its floodplain is a vital spot for biodiversity. It is also home to endangered species such as the Bornean orangutan. Since the 1950s, forest degradation and deforestation have increased drastically, threatening local biodiversity whilst reducing the economic, cultural, and social services the forest provides for local communities. In recent years, deforestation has been driven by the rise of palm oil plantations that now cover 80% of the area.
The Regrow Borneo project has a few simple aims and seeks to:
The Danau Girang Field Centre is a research centre specialising in the applied conservation of tropical ecosystems. It provides outreach and awareness programmes for local communities, as well as other local actors such as local eco-tourism and palm oil plantations. The project provides employment for local communities who play a central role in not only planting but also maintenance and monitoring of the forest restoration.
Overall, the project seeks to develop a model for forest restoration that thinks beyond planting trees, towards the integrated benefits of healthy forest for communities, biodiversity, and climate.
Regrow Borneo is based in the UK with strong links to Cardiff University. The project plants trees in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah, Malaysia. Regrow Borneo brings together scientific expertise and the wealth of local knowledge and experience of local community-based reforestation organisations of the Kinabatangan.
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