Biodiversity Conservation

Efforts of Reforesting and Restoring Plant Biodiversity

Plant-A-Tree Programme
Close to our hearts are our efforts in reforesting and restoring plant biodiversity within our plantations. Our Plant- A- Tree Programme was launched in 2008, and since then, we have planted a total of 329,225 trees from 276 species within our estates. Our main target is to plant one million of these endangered,rare and threatened (ERT) species of indigenous tropical forest trees over the next 5 years.

River of Life
In conjunction with the World Environment Day back in 2008, selected trees have been planted by the river banks of Tanah Merah Estate, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan as a way to encourage biodiversity of the surrounding area.

The Carey Island Wildlife Sanctuary
212,000 hectares of Carey Island has been set aside as a biodiversity conservation area where over 99 hectares of the East Estate will become a centre green lung for this island. Our aim is to make Carey Island the gene back of rainforest tree species as well as a research and education centre.

Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project
The SAFE Project is one of the world’s largest ecological experiment. Located in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo, the project will make major contributions to sustainable palm oil management and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The Project was made possible through YSD’s commitment of RM30 million over 10 years since 2010.

Jentar Estate,Pahang
Following the success of the Carey Island Wildlife Sanctuary, 160 hectares of unplanted area in our Jentar Estate in Pahang will soon become the new forest corridor and wildlife habitat. The planting of over 200 varieties of ERT tree species will help create diversity of interconnected habitats benefiting the wildlife there. The biodiversity value for the land will also be increased.

Protecting Endangered Species

PONGO Alliance
Aligned with our commitment of respecting and protecting the environment by promoting sustainable consumption and production, we are now taking a step forward in enhancing our effort on orang utan and wildlife conservation through PONGO Alliance. The Palm Oil NGO (PONGO) Alliance was founded in 2015 and officially launched in June 2017. The Alliance's mission is to support the proper management of orangutans and other wildlife within oil palm landscapes. 

The PONGO Alliance works as a network or platform to encourage collaboration in pursuit of effective and sustainable solutions for protecting orangutans and their habitat in an oil-palm landscape. Researches have demonstrated that orangutans can move through large areas of oil-palm (causing minimal damage), which indicates that management plans which enhance mosaic landscapes can provide solutions for the survival of the orangutan (and other biodiversity) in harmony with development needs.
For more information on PONGO Alliance, click here.
Tabin Wildlife Reserve
The Borneo Sumatran Rhinoceros, Asian Pygmy Elephant,Tembadau,Sunbear,Sundaland Clouded Leopard, Orang Utan and other primates, birds ,reptiles and amphibians as wells as river fish of various species can be found within the 120,000 hectares Tabin Wildlife Reserve located in Sabah.

Belum - Temengor Forest Complex
This forest that is located in Perak is the only forest in the world that is the home to all 10 Malaysian species of hornbills. Yayasan Sime sponsored RM1.22 million in fund to the BTFC to help conserve the diverse hornbill population.

The Orang-Utans
In Sabah; home to the orang-utan, Sime Darby Plantation signed an agreement with the Sabah State Government to assist in the rehabilitation of orang-utan habitats located in Ulu Segama, Sabah. With the help of Yayasan Sime Darby, we play the active role of reforesting 5,400 hectares of deforested land.

This RM25 million project will run for 10 years, with the ultimate aim of recreating the habitats for orang-utan and other wildlife as a whole.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC)
The BSBCC rescues sun bears that were once kept as pets and rehabilitates them as part of an effort to hopefully release them back to the wild. YSD’s contribution of RM2.1 million to BSBCC has enabled the renovation of the existing bear house into an awareness and educational centre.

Borneo Rhino Sanctuary
YSD has committed RM11.4 million since 2009 to support the restoration of wild rhino populations in Sabah, through its work with the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) and the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD). The sanctuary currently houses three critically endangered Sumatran rhinos, Tam, Puntung, and Iman.
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