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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

MAYA KARIN VISITS IMBAK CANYON (February 21 – 25, 2013)

Maya Karin, a well-known Malaysian film actress, television host, and singer, famous for her lead role in the film Pontianak Harum Sundal Malam is currently visiting Imbak Canyon. The visit is part of efforts by the Yayasan Sabah-Imbak Canyon Conservation Partnership to raise awareness about Imbak Canyon, and the importance of conserving the area. Among […]

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On the 27th September 2012, YS and Petronas organized the Program Jalinan Komuniti at Mukim Karamuak, Tongod. The villages involved in the programme were Kg. Tenaga Baru, Kg. Kenang-Kenangan, Kg. Karamuak Luar and Kg. Karamuak Dalam.   During the event, the Manager of ICCA briefed the villagers regarding Imbak Canyon, the need to conserve the […]

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21 September, 2012 – Forum on the Findings of 2012 Imbak Canyon Wildlife Survey was held in Kota Kinabalu. The findings represent the outcome of the Wildlife Survey jointly organized by Yayasan Sabah and Sabah Wildlife Department with funding from Petronas. Over 100 participants from various  agencies including Sabah Forestry Department, Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Sabah […]

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Launching Of Ethno-Forestry Study And Workshop On Accessing And Commercialising Biodiversity

29 August, 2012 – The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Sabah, YB Datuk Masidi Manjun, launched the Ethno-Forestry Study and Workshop on Accessing and Commercializing Biodiversity.  In his speech, read by the Deputy Minister, YB Datuk Ellron Angin, YB Datuk Masidi said that the study is timely as this knowledge is not well documented […]

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Wildlife Survey in ICCA

A Wildlife Survey in Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) and its surroundings is currently being held from July 5 – 22, 2012. The survey is one of the research programmes being implemented under the YS-PETRONAS Imbak Canyon Conservation Partnership. Led by Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), the survey is organized by YS and SWD with involvement […]

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Other Conservation Areas
Danum Valley Conservation Area
Maliau Basin Conservation Area


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