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Contributing to Wildlife-Friendly Agriculture in Malaysia
Impact on the ground - palm
June 21, 2021

In the Kinabatangan region of Malaysia, a wildlife corridor, which includes newly reforested area and 2 new wildlife bridges, is providing a “right of passage” for elephants, orangutans and other wildlife crossing through the Melangking Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP). The Melangking Wildlife Corridor in MOPP was initiated in 2018 through a partnership between MOPP and Hutan, a wildlife research and conservation program. Bunge Loders Croklaan joined the partnership in July 2020. The program will contribute to wildlife coexistence and biodiversity conservation in the region by:

  1. Creating an extensive network of reforested wildlife corridors through the plantation
  2. Letting wildlife roam freely across the plantation's mature palm areas to alleviate elephant intrusions and conflicts in nearby villages
  3. Shifting towards "wildlife-friendly" and more sustainable agricultural practices
  4. Developing a robust biodiversity management and monitoring plan
  5. Enhancing human resource capacity and commitment to manage and conserve biodiversity
  6. Assessing the cost-benefit balance of wildlife coexistence and exploring new mechanisms to translate biodiversity conservation gains into agricultural production and economic benefits

We contributed $50,000 USD to plant and maintain 30,000 seedlings (from more than a dozen native tree species) and to build two wildlife bridges and fencing. The planting and bridges were completed in December 2020 and February 2021, respectively. Maintenance work on the seedlings will continue until 2023.