Forest & Habitat Restoration -
Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
The MESCOT Initiative has been carrying out forest habitat restoration
in degraded floodplain forests since 1999. The forest habitat
restoration work was done in response to unprecedented forest fires
that occured during the widespread droughts of 1983 and 1998.
Studies showed almost zero natural regeneration for the proceeding
20 years after the 1983 fires.
What started as an experimental program in swamp and flooded forest
the MESCOT Initiative has pioneered a number of restoration
techniques such as blanket liberation of vines and weed grasses, as
well planting trees that had never before been observed. Working with
previously unstudied rainforest tree species the initiative as planted
more that 100,000 trees in four different floodplain forest types.
MESCOT Tree Nursery...
The core of the tree planting efforts this tiny nursery
can produce 50,000 trees per year for MESCOT’s own
and other tree planting efforts...
After the first year of failed tree planting MESCOT
experimented with vine clearing with outstanding
results. Helping nature heal itself...
How to support...
Come and visit, join in the volunteer work, support our
partners which contribute in major ways to funding our
habitat restoration efforts..
Tree planting of fast growing pioneer species and wild
fruit trees that provide immediate food for orang-utan
and other threatened wildlife ..
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