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View from the Canopy: an introduction from the new HoB leader

Posted on 20 March 2018    
Arman, Malinau, North Kalimantan, Indonesia, Heart of Borneo, HoB
The Heart of Borneo view in Malinau, North Kalimantan, Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia/Arman
Last February marks the 11th anniversary of the Heart of Borneo Initiative – a transboundary collaboration of the three Governments of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia – to conserve and sustainably manage the biodiversity, ecosystems and natural resources in the Heart of Borneo, I took over the leadership of the Heart of Borneo for WWF with incredibly exciting tasks. 

Over the years, the immense natural capital is facing challenge driven by unsustainable exploitation and poor governance of natural resources. WWF itself seeks to contribute in promoting conservation and sustainable development efforts in the Heart of Borneo together with various partners. For many years, the WWF staffs have been on the front line of wildlife conservation and local community developments in Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak. 

But certainly, the work is not complete yet. The next challenge is to implement the Heart of Borneo goals which are 1) Transformation of policy framework, this goal sets out to work will all three countries at national and local government levels to help establish policy frameworks that recognize the value of nature, 2) Transformation of business behaviors, this is to address the role of private sector in natural capital management, 3) Empowering civil society, this goal will create the enabling condition for civil society and 4) Preserving the natural capital, on this goal, protecting the ecosystems and species has long been WWF’s core business and various long-established project exists in Borneo. 

The Heart of Borneo offers a vision where the nature values are recognized and integrated into a sustainable and prosperous society. I feel privileged to be taking this challenge to support the achievement of Heart of Borneo vision. 

Iwan Wibisono
The Heart of Borneo Leader
Arman, Malinau, North Kalimantan, Indonesia, Heart of Borneo, HoB
The Heart of Borneo view in Malinau, North Kalimantan, Indonesia
© WWF-Indonesia/Arman Enlarge

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