Sabah, Malaysia: Low-emission rural development (LED-R) at a glance

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  • Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) adopted the Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) concept & standards in partnership with private sector & local communities (LC) in 1997
  • Protected areas increased from 0.9 mil ha (2007) to 1.9 mil ha (2016) under the Heart of Borneo initiative
  • Jurisdictional Certification for Palm Oil initiative established in 2015 to certify all plantations by 2025, improve smallholder sustainability & livelihoods
  • Good working relationships across government agencies, private sector, NGOs, researchers & LC, in addition to sensible financing models, ensure the effectiveness of policies & new initiatives
  • Sabah strives to be internationally known for certified timber & palm oil, promoting forest conservation
  • ~900,000 ha (54%) of forests partially or fully certified under FSC & Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC)


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