On the 8th and 9th November 2016, McCorry & Co. Ltd. participated in the International Conference on the “Heart of Borneo” (HoB) in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. This year is the 9th year that the conference is held – each year with a different topic.

HoB is a cooperation between Malaysia (the states of Sabah and Sarawak), Brunei and Indonesia. HoB refers to the main part of the island where forests remain intact. Covering an area the size of Utah in the US, Victoria in Australia or the whole of England and Scotland put together and extending into the territory of the countries of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia, it is one of the largest transboundary rainforests remaining in the world.
The HoB Initiative is a unique government-led and NGO-supported program that was initiated by a joint Declaration by the governments of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia in 2007.

The aim of the program is to conserve the biodiversity of the Heart of Borneo for the benefit of the people who rely upon it through a network of protected areas, sustainable management of forests and other sustainable land uses.

The objectives of the conference were to provide the platform to deliberate on the current affairs pertaining to science-policy interface, conservation finance, and community engagement in tropical forest management; and to discuss the crucial issues for long term implementation of the Sabah Heart of Borneo Strategic Plan of Action. The conference divided into three sessions which were Conservation Finance, Community Engagement and Science-Policy Interface.

From McCorry & Co. Ltd, Jonas Israel and Noor Faredzah attended the Conservation Finance & the Community Engagement sessions.  The Conservation Finance session provided sharing on the practice of raising and managing capital to support land, water and resource conservation. It also provided sharing on the conservation finance options and how the public and private sector can play their role to contribute in the Green Economy.

The Community Engagement session focused on the importance of the participation of the community to achieve the success in conservation as they are the inhabitants and hence, are part of the HoB in Sabah. By working together with the communities, it will ensure the sustainable development while conserving the environment.

The conference had international speakers from all over the world and over 300 delegates.

Jonas Israel, McCorry & Co. Ltd., has participated regularly in the HoB conferences.