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Batu Timbang Scientific Expedition Unlocking Nature’s Secrets

A group consisting of 130 participant’s joined in on a scientific of Batu Timbang located on the south-west of the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) from 16 to 26 August 2017.

The expedition conducted within five kilometre from the base camp focused on flora and fauna diversity, physical science, eco-tourism potential as well as social sciences was organised by Yayasan Sabah Group and headed by Sabah Forestry Department.

Batu Timbang is one of the research stations in ICCA to be establish under the ICCA Management Plan 2014-2023 and the expedition marked the fourth in a line of expeditions conducted in ICCA.

Funded by PETRONAS, the expedition was organised in association with University Sabah Foundation (UCSF), Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Sabah Wildlife Department, Sabah Parks, WWF-Malaysia, Academy Science Malaysia, Imbak Canyon Management Committee Secretariat and Tongod District Office.

Apart from assessing the physical, biodiversity and social aspects of the area, the survey was initiated to assess the potential of the area as a research station and venue for research, education and training activities; to assess the need for rehabilitation in the southwestern part of ICCA; to assess the potential threats in the area; and to assess to potential of the area for ecotourism activities.

A preliminary report was obtained through the expedition that requires further scientific deliberation in order to ascertain the yet to be confirmed findings throughout the expedition.

Another part of the expedition was focused on collecting da data on the local living in Kg. Imbak, located 30 kilometres from ICCA particularly the Orang Sungai indigenous community, well known for their immense knowledge of their environment, based on living close to nature.

Information on their customs, culture and language as well as socioeconomic activities was recorded by researchers from UCSF, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Sabah Museum.

In recognising the importance of the said scientific expedition, 21 people comprising 13 members of the media, a representative from Tourism Malaysia, and staff of PETRONAS visited on 21 to 24 August 2017 on a trip organised by the national oil and gas company in collaboration with Yayasan Sabah Group.

The trip was aimed at giving the media the opportunity to experience Imbak Cayon and to get them update on the efforts to protect the area, the last remaining pristine jungle in Sabah, under Yayasan Sabah-PETRONAS Imbak Canyon Conservation Partnership.

Batu Timbang expedition base camp


The participants involved in the expedition


Presentation of the day’s progress and findings

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