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WWF Malaysia and Sabah Softwoods to restore Tawau wildlife corridor

22nd March, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: WWF Malaysia and state-owned Sabah Softwoods Berhad will work together to restore a wildlife corridor in the Brumas area of Tawau, a hotspot for human-elephant conflict.

The wildlife corridor will provide for an area to connect elephants and other wildlife in the Ulu Kalumpang Forest Reserve to the larger Mount Louisa Forest Reserve area.

Human-elephant conflicts in the Brumas agricultural landscape have seen elephant deaths. People have also been hurt by the elephants coming into the plantations over the years.

WWF Malaysia conservation director Dr Henry Chan and Sabah Softwoods Mohd Hattah Jaafar inked the deal on the sidelines of the Heart of Borneo conference here on Thursday.

The deal was for co-financing the restoration work for the wildlife corridor and formalise the ongoing working relationship to manage human-elephant co-existence.

This includes work to reduce crop damage from elephants, and the risk of elephant and human deaths in the agricultural areas of the company.

According to WWF, the cooperation also involved tracking elephant herds in the region using satellite collars and developing a wildlife corridor to manage elephant movements.

“I am delighted to formalise our long-standing work with Sabah Softwoods that would build stronger links for sustainable crop production and living landscapes in Sabah,” Chan said.

He said the RM1.25mil (US$300,000) five-year contract with Sabah Softwoods, a Yayasan Sabah subsidiary, would be carried out within the plantation’s current production area for tree planting activities in the wildlife corridor of Brumas.

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