Kinabatangan ‘s History1800s – Local Orang Sungai had a thriving trade with visiting Chinese merchants mainly for Bird’s Nest 1950s – The forested area started gaining attention from the timber industry 1980s – Palm oil started replacing other cashcrops, with 85% of flood plain reclaimed for plantations 1995 – Sukau Rainforest Lodge was built 2002 – The State Government declared the Kinabatangan-Corridor of Life as a “Gift to the Earth”2005 – The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) was gazetted under the Sabah Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 2008 – KiTA (Kinabatangan-Corridor of Life Tourism Association) was formed with 10 members out of the 15 lodge operators along the Kinabatangan, to workwith WWF Malaysia on the Voluntary Conservation Levy (VCL) as a sustainable tool to finance conservation of wildlife and its habitat in the Kinabatangan.
The Local PeopleThe local communities living along the river are collectively known asOrang Sungai or River People, and are of mixed ancestry. Up untiltoday, the river remain as their main means for transportation, watersupply and food. Traditionally they are fisherman, supplementing theirfish diet with small cultivations of ‘dry rice’ .
Black and crimson pittaBirds Malaysian Blue Flycatcher Black and yellow broadbill Buff Necked Woodpecker
A wonderful world of invertebrates Stick Insect Atlas MothButterfly Pill Millipede
Sukau Rainforest Lodge Lodge Sukau Rainforest Since 1995
Triple Bottom Line“Shareholder value does not equal economic values”. Michael Porter Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 23
Borneo Eco Tours www.borneoecotours.com1. Started 19912. Code of Practice3. Borneo specialist4. 70 staff / Two offices5. Inbound tours6. Health tourism7. Ecolodge8. Gift shops9. Books and postcards10. B.E.S.T Society Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 24 24
HistoryThe Site:Acquired land fromMr. Kari B. Ongong in1994.Objective: To build andoperate a lodgeincorporating all thecomponents ofecotourism.
Features: Hornbill BoardwalkElephant Pass at the Boardwalkand why it is needed.
Hornbill Boardwalk• 1450ft (435 meters) long• 4 themed viewing platforms• 2 Elephant Pass• Ideal for a romantic stroll or after meal walk• See the plants and wildlife of Sukau all within touching distance!
Green Policies: Design and Constructions• Built away from river bank to prevent erosion.• Constructed from local hardwoods, with minimal tree clearing and footprint.• Open concept for increased ventilation, minimal energy consumption.• Solar hot water system, rainwater harvesting. Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 35
Green Policies: Design and Constructions• Sukau Rainforest lodge is built on stilts, 5ft above the ground to: o Avoid flooding o Prevent pest invasion o Improve air circulation• Many other lodges were flooded in 1996 and in 2003 36
Green Policies: Water• Filtered river water used in shower, and toilet.• Rain water collected & treated for kitchen use.• Minimal filtered water used for cleaning lodge and equipment.• Solar powered hot water.• Guests encouraged to minimize water wastage. Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 37
Green Policies: Solar & Rainwater Harvesting (reduce, recycle) Rainwater harvestingSukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 38
Green Policies: Energy• Lighting – Reuse cooking oil• Lodge designed to minimize energy usage• Electric Motor Boat Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 39
To stop thepurchase of Green Policies: Reducing Waste10,000 plasticbottles a year for of Plastic BottlesSandakan, Sukauand Selinganboat operations Sukau Thermos Mugs bearing icons of the forest in 4 vibrant colours were introduced in 2009 Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 40
Green Policies: Local Community Benefits• Employment opportunities: 70-80% are local staff members• Supply of fish and prawns• Boat making• Supply of building materials• Contracts - jetty, plank walk and lodge repairs• Water tanks, medical projects. Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 41
Green Policies: Local Community Benefits Employment and Skill Training SRL early staff Scholarship for local nature guides 2001Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 43
Green Policies: Education & Interpretation a. Visitor Handbook on Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain b. Hornbill Boardwalk booklet c. Saving Paradise – The story of Sukau Rainforest Lodge d. Information Gallery e. Notices in guest roomSukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 44
Green Policies: Education & Interpretation Information Gallery Static & Dynamic InterpretationEntomologist Professor WilkinsonConducting Trainingfor In-House Guides
Green Policies: Noise- Open lobby area forenjoyment of rainforestsymphony.- Generator has noisereducing acoustic insulation- Boats equipped with, fourstrokes engines and electricmotors.- Discourage the use of TVand radio in the room.- Guests encouraged tominimise noise(esp. after9pm)- Vegetation retained tominimise noise. Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 46
Conservation Fellows Dr. Dale StraughanHector Cellabos Lasculain Kari Ongong & Carol Patterson& Prof. Ross DowlingSukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 47
Conservation Fellows HRH Prince HenrikSukau Staff with Sir David Attenborough 2011Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 48
Activities: Afternoon Cruise• The introductory cruise• Cruise up Menanggul Creek• Excellent general viewing of wildlife• Immerse in your surroundings; the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest! Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 49
Activities: Morning Cruise• Stunning sunrise over the water• Observe wide range of resting birds and animals at the start of their day• Return for a freshly cooked hot breakfast overlooking the river Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 50
Activities: Night Cruise • Go spotlighting for nocturnal species • Many species are only seen at night • Others, are easier to see at night • All for the small charge of RM 60 per person for this cruise • Free photo CD with 150 images of SukauSukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 51
Activities: Night Cruise Many reptilesBuffy fish owl active at night • Many reptiles active at night Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 52
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentSukau Ecotourism Research & Development Centre (SERDC) 1999 "In our interdependent world, you cant afford to let people lose out in pursuit of a decent life. Everyone must be a winner.“Professor Klaus Schwab for Newsweek, 31 January 2000 Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 59
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentBorneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (B.E.S.T) 1. To promote sustainability of tourism 2. To promote and develop alternative employment. 3. Education on concepts and practice of ecotourism. 4. Apply modern technologies and environmental management practices. 5. To improve human and knowledge capitals. 6. Develop a Code of Practice on ecotour and ecolodge operations. 7. To explore areas of co-operation and common interests among the various stakeholders. www.bestsociety.org Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 60
Benefits to Local Community and Environment Funding for BEST Society1. Donation for KWICORP RM 53,061.69 (Jan 2000 – 31 Dec 2011)2. Contribution by SRL (RM4 / pax in SRL) RM 135, 877.25 (As of 31 Dec 2011)3. Contribution by BET (RM8 / pax SRL) RM209,632.48 (As of 31 Dec 2011)4. Contribution through Voluntary Conservation Levy (VCL) RM88,994.00 (2010-2011)5. RM100,000.00 from Albert Teo (2009)6. GEF SGP (UNDP) USD50,000 (2010)7. Donation for Living Water Project, Kudat (2011): - Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia for RM2,775.00 - The Adventure Company, UK RM14,163.42 - ConocoPhillips, US-based RM7,500.00 61 Borneo Eco Tours / Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST)
Medical Projects (with Korean Medical Team/Rotary Club KK South)Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 62
Benefits to Local Community and Environment Kelenanap Oxbow Lake Weed Clearing - 1996• Salvinia molesta weeds clearing project;• 5 different groups took part;• - 120 complementary rooms and expenses hosted.1. Stamford College2. Likas Baptist Church3. Sabah Foundation Sport Club4. Royal College,UK5. Tudor Hall, UK Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 63
Benefits to Local Community and Environment Sukau Water Tank Projects 1. 1997/1998 16 Families benefited (RM12,080.00) 2. 1999/2000 38 Families benefited (RM 30,400.00) 3. 2005 02 Families benefited (RM 2,569.00)Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 64
Benefits to Local Community and Environment A community outreach project that benefited over 900 peopleMedical Project 2001 & Korean Medical Project2003 Azizi Suhaimin & Mohd.Suhaizan Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 65
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentKinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Program • RM53,061.69 raised from donors as of 31st Dec 2011 • RM53,686.73 spent on the project as of 31st Dec 2011 Students of Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia at the tree planting site in 2011 66 Borneo Eco Tours / Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST)
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentKinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Program • Project Purpose – re-establish a wildlife corridor • Started in 2000 on 64 acres site • Issues/Problems – Heavily compacted/Infertile Soil – Elephant trampling – Flooding – Insects – Lack of shade – Weeds • How you can help Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 67
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentKinabatangan Wildlife Corridor Rehabilitation Program Prince Henrik and Tengku Adlin Mrs. Wendy Dowling at Phase 1 planting a tree seedling year 2001 Site year 2006 Michelle Noronha, a volunteer and an Phase 1 Site in June 2009 in-house guide at Phase 1 Site in 2007 Sukau Rainforest Lodge Slide Show 68
Benefits to Local Community and EnvironmentEnvironment Education Programme 2010 & 2011
Social Entrepreneurship Projects Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Downstream Products Processing Course July 2011 Promoting local handicraft Borneo Eco Tours / Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST) 72
Community Project ECU volunteers in front of 3 new water tanks with a capacity of 2000 gallons eachBefore Terongkongan Piping Project by ECU students, Australia, 19 April 2011 73 Borneo Eco Tours / Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST)
Capacity BuildingSeminars and workshops to developentrepreneurship and financial skills oflocal community 74 Borneo Eco Tours / Borneo Ecotourism, Solutions and Technologies Society (BEST)