In line with Malaysia’s commitment to protect and conserve the natural environment, the State Government of Sabah has taken concrete measures to bring all its forest reserves under sustainable forest management. Forest rehabilitation and commercial tree planting have been identified as crucial steps towards achieving this goal. Although the Government encourages the planting of indigenous species, procuring planting material, both in terms of quantity and quality, continues to be difficult. To address this problem, the Sabah Forestry Department has initiated a programme to establish seed orchards of selected indigenous species at two locations in Sabah and to systematically study and document various aspects of their silviculture. Since the programme began in 2001, some 25 indigenous species have been identified.
The development objective of the project is to encourage and support the large-scale planting of indigenous species. Its specific objectives are: a) to establish seed orchards of selected indigenous tree species, and b) to promote the planting of selected indigenous tree species. The following outputs are expected:
- Seed orchards are established and operational at two forest reserves;
- Silvicultural knowledge of selected indigenous tree species is enhanced; and
- Technical assistance on planting of selected indigenous tree species has been provided and the respective information has been disseminated.