In the Malayasian state of Sabah over 700,000 acres of forest has been certified as protected land. This area includes forest inhabited by many wild Borneo orangutans and pygmy elephants. Sabah supposedly has the best managed forests in the country.
“This is a living example of how government, business and WWF can work together to make forests worth more standing than cut down. It is also one of the key foundations in the development of a Green Economy for the HoB – a concept which is gaining increasing relevance and support internationally”, said a World Wildlife Fund official. In one part of Sabah, there is believed to be a wild orangutan population numbering about 1,000.
The Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre was established there to help orphaned orangutans survive and in some cases return to the wild. When forest habitat is destroyed, babies sometimes become separated from their mothers.
The Forest Stewardship Council met recently to make decisions about managing far more acres of forested land than was just protected, and their announcement was made then.
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