Trees for All has been working in Malaysia for many years to restore the country’s tropical rainforest. This smart project aims to stimulate natural regeneration, so that within fifty years the giant sequoias will again tower over the forest.
In 2007 we began supporting the recovery of rainforest in the northeast of Sabah in Malaysia. Uncontrolled tree-felling from the 1960s to 1980s severely degraded the forest in the Danum Valley and the authorities had to intervene to promote natural reforestation.
This smart project aims to stimulate natural regeneration, so that within fifty years giant sequoias will again form part of the forest canopy. The reforestation is being implemented in an area of some 25,000 hectares encircling the protected forest of Danum Valley in Malaysia’s Sabah province. The forest is managed by INFAPRO. Face the Future is our contract partner on this project and does the monitoring.
Over the period 2008 to 2014 we restored 490 hectares of rainforest. The tree planting has been completed and the hectares we’ve planted will develop further over the coming years. Trees for All continues to be involved in the project, with Face the Future monitoring forest maintenance and management and recording the amount of carbon capture. They’ll report back to us.
In November 2016 the tallest tropical tree on earth was discovered in the Danum Valley, in a protected tropical rainforest that borders our area. The tree towers to a height of 94.1 metres, meaning its nearly five metres taller than the previous record-holder on Sabah. What’s more, this area numbers no fewer than fifty trees that outstrip the previous record for the tallest tropical tree, while the tropical rainforest here harbours the highest carbon stores. It goes to show how vitally important trees and forests are and how our projects contribute to greening the world and cleaner air.
The project stimulates natural regeneration in a smart way