Saturday, May 22, 2010

382ha of riparian area in Sabah to be revived for proboscis monkeys

Kota Kinabalu: PPB Oil Palms Berhad, a member of the Wilmar Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Government on a Riparian Management Project to rehabilitate 382 hectares of riparian area along the Segama River, the State's second longest river.

It was sealed during the Regional Forum on "Enhancing Forest Ecosystem Connectivity and Corridors within the Heart of Borneo" held on Oct. 26 last year.

According to a statement, Friday, the project is meant to restore and enrich habitats for the Proboscis Monkey and also for the abundant wildlife in the riparian area.

The Proboscis Monkey, endemic only to Borneo, an IUCN Endangered threatened species, a CITES Appendix 1 species and a Sabah Totally Protected species has become an important flagship species for conservation, as well as an eco-tourism attraction in Borneo, possibly even of parallel importance to the orang-utans.

There are said to be over 150 proboscis monkeys inhabiting along the Segama River in Sabahmas Plantation, Lahad Datu, where this important project is taking place.

Hence, efforts to enrich and restore their habitat using indigenous tree species will make a big difference to these primates.

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