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Purpose of Collaboration

To explore the potential of sustainable development efforts in Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA).

Scope of the Collaboration

To achieve the purpose mentioned above, Yayasan Sabah Group and Yayasan PETRONAS have determined the following areas that may be mutually beneficial to both parties :
* To explore the safeguarding and conservation of the ICCA’s core zone and its buffer zones as Protected Area.
* To explore the potential to increase carbon sink through forest rehabilitation.
* To explore the research and development potentials of the ICCA biological diversity and promote sustainable usage, whilst safeguarding its natural resources.
* To promote the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) as a training and education centre in conservation, natural history, ecology, forestry and related sciences in support of the ICCA Strategic Management Plan.
* To explore on the enhancement of the local communities’ capability to achieve sustainable livelihood and instill sustainable practices based on their surrounding environment; and
* To explore on the potential collaboration with relevant stakeholders to promote sustainable development programmes.

Yayasan Sabah’s collaborative partner for Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) is PETRONAS, Malaysia’s national oil and gas company. The collaboration shall see implementation of various programmes in ICCA related to public awareness, environment education, community outreach, research and capacity building. Also being undertaken are preliminary works towards the construction of the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre, and the Imbak Canyon Strategic Management Plan.

Objectives of the partnership are as follow:

1. To manage ICCA as a protected area and promote sustainable use of natural resources
2. Training of local communities in biodiversity conservation
3. Enhance capacity building among staff of YSG/PETRONAS and other stakeholder agencies
4. Formulation of Imbak Canyon Conservation Area Strategic Management Plan
5. Establishment of relevant field facilities for Education and Research

ICCA Biodiversity Programme.

Scientific Expedition 9 – 18 December 2019

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Borneo Geographic Expedition Seminar, Kangkawat Research Station, Imbak Canyon Conservation Area

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Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC) Official Opening

ICSC is officially open by The Right Honourable Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie bin Haji Apdal on 26th March 2019. The Studies Centre shall function as the gateway to Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) as well as heart of managing the area, and provides the necessary logistical support for research, […]

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Article on Imbak from Petronas Flow Issue 2 (2018) Magazine available online on Petronas’s website. #Link to Publication Homepage: #Direct link to PDF:

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Batu Timbang Scientific Expedition Explores ICCA’s Treasures

A seminar on Imbak Canyon Batu Timbang Scientific Expedition has opened the eyes and minds of the public to be interested in doing further research. This was remarked by the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun in his official launching speech during the Imbak Canyon Batu Timbang Scientific Expedition […]

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