Reforestation and Restoration

Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) is committed to ensuring the restoration of degraded forests as well as the reforestation of areas set aside for conservation in our concession areas. Where possible, we have planted Endangered, Rare and Threatened (ERT) trees to create wildlife corridors linking patches of degraded land. Together with our partners, we have collectively planted 1,448,822 trees to restore the habitats of endangered species.

Our tree planting efforts include the following:
 
Reforestation and Rehabilitation of Orangutan Habitats in Northern Ulu Segama, Sabah, Malaysia 295,159 trees
Sime Darby Plant-A-Tree Programme in Sime Darby Plantation estates, Malaysia 329,225 trees
Sime Darby Plant-A-Tree Programme in Jentar Estate, Pahang, Malaysia 136,036 trees
Project RiLeaf with Nestle Malaysia 588,981 trees
Peat Swamp Forest Protection and Rehabilitation Project in Raja Musa Forest Reserve, Bukit Talang estate, Malaysia 18,500 trees
Riparian and coastal reforestation, Papua New Guinea 69,911 trees
Ramu Tree Nursery, Papua New Guinea 96 trees
Mangrove restoration Numundo coastline, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea 10,914 trees

For more information, visit the Sime Darby Foundation website

Restoration & Protection of Orang Utan Habitats
 
In Sabah; home to the orangutan, Sime Darby Plantation signed an agreement with the Sabah State Government to assist in the rehabilitation of orangutan 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 orangutan and other wildlife.


Managing Human-Elephant Conflict in Our Operations
 
In 2011, the Sime Darby Foundation supported the establishment of the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) project to protect Asian elephants with a total commitment of RM5.26 million. The project was set up as an internationally recognised research initiative based in Malaysia, to track elephant movements and produce scientific information about elephant behaviour, ecology, and relationships with people.

The project has since continued to build academic capacity and public awareness to mitigate social, economic and conservation impact of Human-Elephant Conflict in Malaysia. As part of our project implementation, one of our employees, Nur Aida Ab Ghani conducted a Master of Science by Research (MRes) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) to study Human-Elephant mitigation efforts and incorporate scientific findings into our operations. The outcome of the study aims to support and promote the co-existence of people in oil palm estates and elephants by changing the way estates are managed through the development of Human-Elephant Conflict policies and procedures in oil palm plantations.


Conserving the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly
 
We recognise that our plantations are habitats for diverse species that are endemic to the locations we operate in. Our plantations are also migratory corridors for wildlife that roam the forests and efforts are in place to connect some of these important wildlife corridors. For example, our operations in Papua New Guinea is home to the Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly (QABB) (Ornithoptera Aexandrae). The QABB is the world’s largest butterfly, with a wingspan of 19cm to 30cm. It is endemic to northern Papua New Guinea, east of the Owen Stanley Mountains, and has an extremely small home range. The QABB is commonly found in Papua New Guinea’s lowland rainforests, up to 900m above sea level NS mainly feeds on Aristolochia Dielsiana, a toxic pipevine species that plays a central role in its reproduction.

Through ongoing assessments, we have identified various species that are on Internation Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red lists in our Papua New Guinea operations. We shall continue efforts to monitor and manage the species currently present in our plantations to ensure ecosystems continue to be protected.

With support from Yayasan Sime Darby, a special lab has been constructed to facilitate captive breeding of QABB. We aim to enhance the remaining population of this rare species by releasing adult bred specimens into areas of remaining forests where the food plant is known to occur.
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