As one of the key aspects in forest management, the company is committed to establish wildlife monitoring programmes in the FMU, especially critical species of big mammals such as orang utan and elephants.
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH BORNEO CONSERVATION TRUST
To address the long-term conservation of the orang-utan and elephant populations, a three years programme is developed by KTS Plantation SdnBhd (KTSP) together with Conversation and Research Division of Borneo Conservation Trust (BCT) in 2012 – 2014.
- Orang utan population study
The survey had commenced on 2012, and ended by the end of the year 2014. Based on the nest decay rate monitoring, it was found that Laran (Neolamarckiacadamba) is the main tree species used by Orang Utan for nesting purpose in the forest reserve.
- Elephant collaring
In 2012, one of our big projects is to study elephant’s movement pattern in SLFR was conducted successfully. After more than 10 months of following the movement of “Segaliud”, a female elephant that was collared using radio-satellite collar, showed a unique ranging movement pattern. The pattern emphasises the importance of riverine forests and logging roads as their main migratory path.
RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH
Since 2015, the collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah is another milestone for KTSP’s management. The collaboration emphases on long-term research, training, and academic partnerships in sustainable forest management within SLFR. Wildlife management is among the scope of the partnership.
To date, two researches is ongoing, which focuses on immediate impact of Reduced Impact Logging on bird community and sunda clouded leopard’s movement pattern using radio-collar.