The conference will promote sharing experiences in the management of protected areas in the tropics and discuss the new challenges and possible solutions to biodiversity conservation in Southeast Asia in the era of the fastest landscape changes recorded by man.
How do we cope with the challenge of landscape fragmentation?
How do we manage meta-populations?
How can we change the biodiversity conservation from being a "crisis discipline" to pro-active conservation management?

The conference could also be used for networking as well as a venue to gather people who manage protected areas.

Who should attend?
Policy makers, protected areas managers, researchers, forest concession holders, government departments/agencies, NGOs, funding agencies, private sectors, local communities and academicians.

Option 1: Danum Valley Conservation Area
Option 2: Maliau Basin Conservation Area
Option 3: Imbak Canyon Conservation Area

For inquiry please contact:
Shahana Sham
Tel: +6 088 486168, +6 016 830 6023
Fax: +6 088 486718

Yayasan Sabah is a statutory body established through Enactment No. 8 in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly in 1966 to complement & supplement the Sabah State Government's efforts to uplift the standard of living of Malaysians in Sabah. To facilitate implementation of relevant programmes, the Sabah State Government provided Yayasan Sabah with forest land rich in timber which Yayasan Sabah manages in an integrated & sustainable manner, incorporating sound forest management practices & setting aside pristine areas for conservation, research, training, education & nature recreation, namely Danum Valley, Maliau Basin, Imbak Canyon & Silam Coast Conservation Areas.

NEPCon is a non-profit organisation established in 1994 in Denmark. NEPCon works to ensure responsible use of natural resources and secure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use, business practises and consumer behaviour.

For further information, please contact:
Norfiza Busu
Tel: +6 088 326566/326300 ext. 6566
Fax: +6 088 326315/ 326316

Lailatun Eliyana Ariffin
Tel: +6 088 326300 ext. 1477
Fax: +6 088 326315/ 326316

Tuesday, 24th June 2014
0730 - 0800 Registration
0800 - 1000 Opening Ceremony
1000 - 1020 Tea break
Session 1

Chairman: Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu, Director, Sabah Wildlife Department
Rapporteurs: Jaludin Abun, Haslinah Kolurren and Rose John Kidi

1030 - 1130 Keynote Address on “Gene banking: The Third Dimension in Biodiversity Conservation” by Prof Dr Ghazally Ismail, Vice-Chancellor, University College Sabah Foundation
1130 - 1200 Conservation of biodiversity: opportunities and challenges by Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor, Tree Care Sdn Bhd
1130 - 1200 World Heritage Convention Basics Covering Natural Sites by Cristi Marie Nozawa, BirdLife International (Asia)
1200 - 1230 Biodiversity in landscapes: managing species meta-populations by Dr Carl Traeholt, Copenhagen Zoo
1230 - 1300 The Ecolinc or Eco-corridor project between Crocker Range Park and Mt.Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia by Dr Jamili Nais, Sabah Parks
1300 - 1400 Lunch
Session 2

Chairman: Datuk Dr Glen Reynolds, Director of Southeast Asia Rainforest Research Programme (SEARRP)
Rapporteurs: David Alloysius, Khairuddin Jail and Robinson R. Rustin

1400 - 1430 Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas: safeguarding the best of Malaysia's Biodiversity in a Fragmented landscape by Prof Dr Maketab Mohamed, Malaysian Nature Society
1430 - 1500 Cooperation to conserve biodiversity in Cambodia: Cardamom Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary Project by Sony Oum, Fauna & Flora International
1500 - 1530 Social equity in forest conservation by Ronnakorn Triraganon, CDTS, RECOFT
1530 - 1600 Tea break
1600 - 1630 Connecting protected areas: the best answer to climate changes by Datuk Dr Laurentius N. Ambu, Sabah Wildlife Department
1630 - 1700 Wildlife responses to habitat fragmentation and degradation in the Kinabatangan landscape by Dr Benoit Goossens, Danau Girang Field Centre
1700 - 1730 Totally Protected Areas in Forest Management: current issues and future trends in Sabah by Dr Robert Ong, Sabah Forestry Department
Wednesday, 25th June 2014
Session 3

Chairman: Dr Rahimatsah Amat, Founder, Sabah Environmental Trust
Rapporteurs: Jadda Suhaimi, Azrul Michael and Gordion Crispen

0830 - 0900 Biodiversity without utilisation: can conservation of biodiversity pay itself? By Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Hamid Ahmad, ITBC, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
0900 - 0930 Carbon and biodiversity assessment in the ecological linkage project connecting the Kinabalu Park and the Crocker Range Park by Dr Shogoro Fujiki, Kyoto University
0930 - 1000

Rapid biodiversity assessment in production forests as a credible verifier of sustainable forest management by Prof Dr Kanehiro Kitayama, Kyoto University

1000 - 1030

The role of Protected Area in Malaysia in the context of the Economic Transformation Programme by Nagulendran A/L Kangayatkarasu, Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus

1030 - 1100 Tea break
1100 - 1130 World Heritage Convention Basics Covering Natural Sites by Cristi Marie Nozawa, BirdLife International (Asia)
1130 - 1200 Understanding land pressures from adjacent areas of a protected area by Assoc Prof Dr Phua Mui How, SITF, Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Universiti Malaysia Sabah
1200 - 1230 Landscape level land use changes and consequent challenges for managing protected areas: the case of Danum Valley, Maliau Basin and Imbak Canyon Conservation Areas in Sabah, Malaysia Borneo by Dr Yoganand Kandasamy, WWF Malaysia
1230 - 1400 Lunch
Session 4

Chairman: Dr Jamili Nais, Director, Sabah Parks
Rapporteurs: Jikos Gidiman, Annuar Jain and Pius Pansang

1400 - 1430 Tree species diversity in tropical heath forests in relation to nutrient availability by Dr Kazuki Miyamoto, Shikoku Research Centre
1430 - 1500 The importance of ant communities for nutrient redistribution: potential impacts of changing climate and habitat fragmentation by Dr Tom M. Fayle, Forest Ecology and Conservation Group, Imperial College London
1500 - 1530 Recent climatic change in Sabah and its implications for rainforest conservation, land-use and land management by Prof Dr Rory P.D.Walsh, Swansea University
1530 - 1600 Closing remarks
1600 - 1630 Tea break

MALIAU BASIN: Sabah's Lost World
MBCA is located in south central Sabah is also known as Sabah's Lost World and is one of Sabah's greatest natural treasures. It is a Class I (Protection) Forest Reserve and as a Cultural Heritage Site under the Sabah Cultural Heritage (Conservation) Enactment.

Maliau Basin contains an unusual assemblage of forest types, comprising mainly of lower montane forest dominated by majestic Agathis trees, rare montane heath forest and lowland and hill dipterocarp forest. Numerous waterfalls have been discovered throughout the Basin, one of which is the magnificient 7-tier Maliau Falls and located in the northern part of MBCA is Lake Linumunsut, thought to be Sabah's only non ox-bow freshwater lake. Here, one can find fossilized marine gastropods from 16-17 million years ago when the lake area was a coastal zone.

The flora of Maliau is distinct and diverse, including at least 6 species of pitcher plant and 80 species of orchid, several of which are new records for Sabah. Maliau may be one of only two remaining sites of the rare Rafflesia tengku-adlinii, first discovered here in 1988. With over 290 species such as the Bornean Bristlehead, White-fronted Falconet and Bulwer's Pheasant recorded in the Conservation Area and the surrounding buffer zones, of which an astonishing 26% are listed as threatened or near-threatened by the World Conservation Union (IUCN), MBCA has become a global hot spot for the conservation of bird biodiversity. Over 70 mammal species have so far been recorded in Maliau, including some of Sabah's rarest mammals such as the Proboscis monkey and Bay cat. The surrounding forest is also refuge to the endangered Banteng and Borneo Pygmy Elephant.

Collaboration With NEPCon
Yayasan Sabah's collaboration with NEPCon started back in 1999 when NEPCon was appointed as one of the consulting firms to provide technical advice under the DANCED/DANIDA project. The YS-DANCED/DANIDA Project was a 4-year collaborative project that resulted in the formulation of the first Strategic Management Plan for Maliau Basin Conservation Area with the objective of securing the conservation of Maliau Basin for the benefit of Sabah, Malaysia and the international community.

Also established through the YS-DANCED/DANIDA Project was the Maliau Basin Studies Centre at the southeast edge of the Basin, for research, conservation, education and eco-tourism purposes. Now NEPCon is assisting Yayasan Sabah in reviewing the MBCA Strategic Management Plan 2003-2012 which expired in 2012.

Participants Registration Fee for Participant
Regular Student

Early Bird
(until 30th April 2014)

Malaysian RM150.00 RM50.00 RM100.00
Non-Malaysian USD100.00 RM50.00 USD75.00
(The registration fee is inclusive of conference bag and materials)


Registered participant who is unable to attend may send a substitute provided prior notice is given. Refund, less 25% for administration fees, will be made for cancellation received in writing on or before 30th APRIL 2014. No refund will be made after this date.


Mode of Payment
1) Bank Draft/ Money Order/ Postal Order payable to:

2) Bank Transfer to
Address: Lot 4, 5 & 6, Block K Sinsuran Complex 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Account Number: 101960010051874

* Participants making payments via bank transfer are requested to fax a copy of the bank transfer slip to +6088 326315/6 to facilitate registration process


Important Deadlines
Submission of abstracts - 30 January 2014
Notification of accepted papers - 20 February 2014
Submission of full papers - 20 May 2014
Closing date for submission of registration form - 02 June 2014


Entry Requirement/Visa
A valid passport (and visa if applicable) is required for all persons entering Malaysia. No visa is required for nationals of Commonwealth countries except for Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nigeria for stays of not more than a week. (Regulations are subject to change, therefore we advise you to check with the nearest Malaysian High Commissioner or Malaysian Embassy in your country prior to your visit)


Health Regulations
Cholera vaccination is NOT required for travellers entering Malaysia. Visitors arriving from Yellow Fever Endemic Zones and other affected areas are required to present International Health Certificate showing Yellow Fever vaccination. This regulation does not apply to children below the age of one.


Post-Conference Tour
The registration fees displayed here DOES NOT include the charges for Post-Conference tours. The tours will be charged separately.

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Conference on Protected Area and Biodiversity Management in South East Asia - The Way Forward

C/O Conservation & Environmental Management Division
Yayasan Sabah Group
12th Floor, Menara Tun Mustapha
P.O. Box 11622, 88817 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
Fax: +6088 326 315 / +6088 326316