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The Heart of Borneo

The Heart of Borneo

The Heart of Borneo project protects an area of Asia’s last great rainforest, stretching over 220,000km2, which is inhabited by six per cent of the world’s plants and animals and three million indigenous peoples and was launched in February 2007.

What is Heart of Borneo?

Deforestation is a critical concern for the island of Borneo. Just half its original forest cover remains.  The project aims to protect the forests and biodiversity of the region; and to facilitate more efficient resource management and use across the region by:

  • transforming patterns of decision-making through designing and implementing a mechanism to shape, align and enforce land use policy, planning, protection and management across the three affected states
  • exerting influence over market forces at local and global levels to achieve a zero per cent deforestation target
  • creating sustainable and equitable finance mechanisms based on the full integration of environmental services and values

Heart of Borneo’s goals until 2020:

  • establish a 24 million hectare ‘protected zone’
  • put an end to the deforestation of all ‘high value’ forest
  • facilitate the provision of long-term financing mechanisms that provide viable alternatives to deforestation activity for local communities and governments
  • enhance eco-system goods and services

How are we involved?

We became involved in the Heart of Borneo project after Brunei residents made the highest number of pledges on a per capita basis in our 2008 Greatest Race on Earth Environment Challenge, when people across the world were encouraged to make pledges to reduce resource consumption. Our donation of $500,000 was secured by Standard Chartered Brunei.

We work with partners to administer the programme through projects including the rehabilitation of Borneo’s degraded peatland forests and a biodiversity survey, which aims to identify new methods for protecting wildlife, such as orang-utans, rhinos and elephants, living in the Sungai Ingei forest.

Our staff have taken part in several tree planting campaigns, including 1,000 trees in the Badas forest region, and in leading a high profile tour of the Kuala Balai peatland forest for guests including the British High Commissioner, Indonesian Ambassador, and Malaysian Deputy High Commissioner. 

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Annual Report and Accounts 2009