151,444 trees

151,444 trees at Lower Kawag Sabah (2023)

1 Million Forest Trees Planting Campaign: Rehabilitation of Orangutan Habitat, Lower Kawag, Sabah

In July 2019, Ministry of Primary Industries and Commodities (MPIC) launched “1 Million Forest Trees Planting” Campaign as an initiative to uplift the image of Malaysian palm oil industry.

The campaign was launched in  collaboration and strong support from Sabah Forestry Department (SFD) with the aim for a greener Malaysia in line with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. This project was initiated under the Malaysian Palm Oil Green Conservation Foundation (MPOGCF).

Despite being challenging and expensive, forest restoration efforts are immensely rewarding and beneficial as acknowledged by the ministry and the Malaysian government. Acknowledging this fact, the memorandum of understanding (MOU) for “Forest Rehabilitation of Orangutan Habitat at Lower Kawag, Ulu Segama Forest Reserve” was signed between Conservator of Forests, Sabah and  Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC). 

The MPOC with SFD have identified 2,500 hectares of degraded forest in Lower Kawag, part of Ulu Segama – Malua Forest Reserve in Lahad Datu, to be planted with fast growing indigenous forest species and native fruit trees. This is done with the engagement of local communities that also offers them an opportunity for an additional income stream and at the same time preserving the forest landscape. The programme will also enrich forest biodiversity in the selected area that will also act as wildlife corridors and wildlife refugia in the long run.

Restoration of Ecological Linkages of the Central Forest Spine (CFS)

Lower Kawag in the Ulu-Segama Malua Forest Reserve in Lahad Datu

MPOGCF is committed to its objective of encouraging and supporting reforestation programmes in line with the national agenda and further promoting the sustainability of the country’s forest resources. This restoration program aims to connect the forest patches caused by the oil palm plantation and increase the roaming area of wildlife such as Malayan tiger and Asian elephant.

Development of Peat Rehabilitation Model for Sarawak Region


The collaborative efforts of MPOGCF & Sime Darby Plantation aspire to position this peatland rehabilitation model as an industry pioneer.

The model is designed to address critical issues such as preventing peat fires and haze.